In a vase on Monday: Nick’s delphiniums

DSC_0164aI couldn’t let Nick’s delphiniums go without a Vase on Monday mention. There are two varieties included in my vase: ‘Blue with White Bee’ (shown above) and ‘King Arthur'(a smaller and daintier flower with an interesting combination of different blues and a small white eye).

They came as a Hayloft Plant collection in 2014 (against my better judgement, following dogged nagging by the Bon Viveur). In fact we had two collections from Hayloft. The postal system managed to thoroughly mess up delivery of the first. They sat around in a holding station for 4 days (while I twiddled my thumbs, waiting endlessly for their arrival).


Blue with White Bee

When they eventually arrived,  I managed to salvage about 2 plants (there were supposed to be 30) from the black mud in the container. Hayloft were terrific and sent me another parcel immediately after I phoned them to say what had happened.


King Arthur

The plug plants were potted up in 2014, then planted out in March 2015. We were pleased with them last year (see my previous Vase on Monday when they first flowered). But I didn’t expect them to make it through this winter on our heavy clay. They did, suffered very little slug damage, were duly fed and supported.


Duly fed and supported

And now we can enjoy the results.

The only thing that worries me is that the BV claims these are just ‘a start’ … we already have about 23 of these beautiful but demanding beasties. Do we really need more?

DSC_0160I used them today with yellow Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus (a gift from a good friend) just coming into flower in front of the delphiniums. Frances from Island Threads identified the species (correctly, I believe) when I showed a picture of it on my blog last year. It has a light scent, quite delightful. Thanks Frances!


Caper spurge (Euphorbia lathyris) …


… and the buds of Thalictrum speciocissimum added a kind of foliage effect.

DSC_0175Then I dotted in some wild grasses at the end.


I treated the caper spurge (which produces that milky, poisonous sap typical of all euphorbias) by dipping the cut ends in the hope it would seal them and stop contamination of the water for the other vase subjects. (It seemed like a good idea – I’ve no idea if it will be effective!) The single stem of spurge was quite useful when put into the vase first, its branching flower head supporting the other flowers when added.


After removing the lower buds of the delphiniums, there were enough bits and pieces left over to make a baby version for the kitchen table.

DSC_0176Now have a look at the Cathy’s vase on her blog Rambling in the Garden and click on the links to see what end of May delights everyone else has to offer this week.

24 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday: Nick’s delphiniums

  1. Christina

    Oops, let’s start again! I’ve been thinking about treating myself to some Delphiniums for the cut flower bed, they wouldn’t grow anywhere else. Your vase is lovely, but I think you are right you have enough of these demanding beauties.

  2. Donna@Gardens Eye View

    I love delphiniums too but I wish mine grew better….and how awful you lost so many in the shipment…happens here too when the post office leaves them sitting….but good company to rush more to you! Fabulous vases!

    1. Cathy Post author

      They really are such a thoughtful company. And now that they are flowering I appreciate all the drama that went into their arrival!

  3. Cathy

    Yes, the delphiniums are lovely – I think my Camelot is the only one from my Hayloft collection that made it and I suspect slugs are a little too fond of the young plants. Your hemerocallis has such long stems (or is it an illusion?) and looks perfect with the delphiniums, and I am intrigued by the thalictrum – do these flowers change colour or do they stay green? They look most attractive. Thanks for sharing ps I have just been looking at your map – I love to see a map of a garden so thanks for posting that

    1. Cathy Post author

      That’s funny Cathy – we should do a swop! Camelot didn’t survive at all here – and I think there was another (Black Knight???) that didn’t survive either. I was disappointed. The hemerocallis does have very long stems – the flowers are daintier than cultivars of day lily as you’d expect from a species. The flowers of the thalictrum are a soft yellow colour (and, typically) lovely and fluffy. Glad you found the map useful!

  4. Molly Buchanan

    Thanks, Cath. The delphiniums are so beautiful and the colour spectacular. Thanks also to Nick as well for persisting. Mum

  5. Kris Peterson

    Delphiniums occupy a prominent place in my dream garden, a garden which is sadly impossible in my hot, dry climate. I love the deep color of yours and they’re nicely accented with that pretty yellow Hemerocallis. Nicely done!

    1. Cathy Post author

      Oh but Kris – I would love to be able to grow so many of the gorgeous plants you have in your garden, but can’t either! One of the nice things about blogging – we can enjoy them virtually!

  6. Annette

    a beautiful and well balanced arrangement, Cathy, yellow and blue is always great – can’t grow delphinium here as they would hate the heat and drought in summer

    1. Cathy Post author

      I thought they would hate our dry, hot summers. They do fine down below the terraces – I could never have succeeded up here.

  7. pbmgarden

    Oh, the beautiful color of your delphiniums has me swooning. Lovely arrangement—adding the buds of Thalictrum speciocissimum was inspired.

  8. Cathy

    Love those Delphiniums! Such romantic plants. I can’t grow them as the snails like them too, so they look like pure luxury to me in a vase! 🙂

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