Delphinium (larkspur): slender sprays of blue flowers
Romantic, opulent spikes of flowers
This blooming cousin of the ranunculus provides weeks of airy delight. There are an amazing 450 different varieties available in an incredible range of blues, as well as other colours. Place the romantic spikes of flowers loose in a vase, or use them to lend an opulent touch to your bouquet.
COLOURS AND SHAPES
Pale blue, bright blue, dark blue and lilac. The Delphinium always offers a shade of blue to suit you. You also have the choice of white, yellow, purple, red and pink varieties. The floral spikes tower over everything enthusiastically. They look like poles with bells that start tinkling as you pass.
The flower stem can reach a length of between 10 and 200 cm. The flowers have 3 to 7 petals. With a bit of imagination, you can see that the flower buds resemble dolphins. Hence the name Delphinium: the Latin word for dolphin. The flower also has parts that point backwards which resemble a rider’s spurs. Hence the common name larkspur.
To ensure you’re protected from bad luck, buy a big bunch of Delphiniums. The often blue flower symbolises truth and protection. In the past people also thought that you could scare away scorpions with a Delphinium…
Giving someone this cheerful plume of flowers can show that you’re ready to take the next step together. The flower represents devotion in love. Other words linked to the Delphinium’s symbolism are: health, pleasure, lightness, frivolity, generosity. In other words, it’s a positive and welcome flower! You might even start to wonder why no one has given you one in the past!
The Delphinium derives from French, American and English growers. So she’s an international lady! We have enjoyed these fabulous flowers right from the start of our gardening culture. Because the flowers have no function apart from ‘being beautiful’ (not medicinal or edible) they were of no interest to agriculturalists. We find the first picture of a Dephinium in a book from the start of the 17th century, although it’s accidentally classified under the wolf’s bane genus.
Trim the stems diagonally.
Place the flowers in a clean vase with clean water.
Regular check that the flowers still have enough water, and replace the water after a couple of days.
Ensure the correct temperature (maximum 20°C), and do not place the flowers in a draught, in full sun, near central heating or next to the fruit bowl.
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