In a Vase on Monday: Making a Statement

I am not often able to showcase blooms as tall as these, and the three spikes of delphinium (Camelot Group) certainly do make a statement – I am not exactly sure what statement they might be making, but it could be “look at the luscious deep blue of my blooms”, or “I’m the king of the castle” or maybe (to me) the derisory “Shortie!”. More likely, it would have been “Good Grief! Look at that rain, spoiling everyone’s planned Platinum Jubilee street parties!”, for this is exactly what happened yesterday, and also why we have a very brief and minimal IAVOM post.

The plant itself was the sole survivor of a batch of delphinium plugs dating back to at least 2013 and thus proving itself reliable. I split it a couple of years ago, with one plant remaining in the blue & white border and another in one of the bold borders. I haven’t been able to get them to reflower after cutting back following the first flush, but I am hopeful at least that, having cut these main spikes now, the smaller side shoots will bloom better.

I tried a single fern stem and then one of laurel with the three spikes, but decided something trailing would be a more effective accompaniment, although the chosen summer jasmine Jasminium beesianum with its tiny pink flowers doesn’t make quite the same statement as the delphinium, but perhaps the ‘mini megaphone’* will help…

* not a mini megaphone at all but a vintage funnel masquerading as such.

I believe much of the UK was wet yesterday, but those making vases today to share on IAVOM might find the weather more conducive to wandering around their gardens choosing blooms. Just leave links to and from this post if you decide to join us.

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41 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Making a Statement

  1. Magnificent blooms.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Sandra – they are such a gloriously deep blue. How are you doing now, are you more yourself again yet?

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    Oh, those are lovely.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Rosie – it always surprises me when they reappear as they give the impression of being a bit difficult, but these certainly aren’t!

  3. pbmgarden says:

    Your delphiniums certainly do make a strong statement. Beautiful blue. (My one bloom this year easily fit into a small bud vase.) Sorry the rain ruined your special celebration. Thanks for hosting so faithfully, Cathy.

    • Cathy says:

      I rarely have tall stems to pick and I it took a bit of thought about which vase to use, especially as there are blooms all the way doen the stem to the first sideshoots and I had to cut some of them off. The village had a successful community fete on Saturday, which was dry, but out street lunches were all planned for Sunday – the first contingency plan for our street was a large gazebo in one of our neighbour’s gardens but this was abandoned too as it was almost chilly alonside the dampness. We just had a plate of ‘party food’ each in our own homes instead!! (not that I really minded, I have to say πŸ˜‰)

  4. I do love a delphinium! or three…

  5. I love delphiniums as well – they make a statement both in the garden and in a vase. From what was on TV your long weekend celebrations seemed quite happy!

    • Cathy says:

      I wondered what the rest of the wrls might be thinking – it certainly made me proud to be British πŸ˜‰

  6. Horticat says:

    There’s something special about delphinium blue – it’s almost electric. A showstopper. Hope you enjoyed the Platinum Jubilee celebrations despite the rain (and thanks for hosting πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      Blue, blue electric blue… πŸ˜‰Our village had a community fete and there were a a few street lunches due yesterday, but we just had the party food in our own houses n the end becuse of the weather… People certainly enjoyed the long Bank Holiday w/e!

  7. I think your Delphiniums are saying “Look at me and all my luscious deep blue fabulousness” They are gorgeous and something I always wanted to grow – Larkspur is as close as I can get. And not nearly as fabulous. It is said here rain is lucky on your wedding day – maybe the same is true for a Platinum Jublilee? What comes after Platinum? Thanks for hosting.

    • Cathy says:

      The density of flowers on the delphinium is a real, bonus – but larkspur seem to flower for longer – well mine did last year, the frst time I have had any success with them (I find them so hard to germinate). I suppose the next anniversary would be 75 but officially there are no Jubilee names beyond 70 as they ahven’t been needed – the Queen’s mother lived to 101, so a 75th is certainly possible… πŸ˜‰

      • Array says:

        yes, so pretty. In my former garden I grew Larkspur and threw the seed into the garden in November, it never failed – it is considered a cool season annual in the South. Like Opium Poppies. I had some Larkspur here this winter, but it was puny.

        • Cathy says:

          Wish it was that easy to grow Larkspur here – I have 5 small plants this year, but germination took a couple of months with periods of cold and warm to stimulate growth. I finally planted them out at the w/e

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  9. Cathy says:

    Hi Cathy. I am so very envious of your delphiniums! They are so lovely. Mine have been eaten by slugs this year, including some fairly large seedlings and a new plant! Delphiniums do make such a statement wherever they are. It is not only their stature but their shimmery colours. A shame your celebration was disrupted by the weather, although that is a traditional part of living in Britain! My parents have been enjoying all the TV coverage over the long weekend and were so impressed by it all. Here is my vase to join you today:

    • Cathy says:

      Those bloomin’ molluscs again! It still surprises me each year when this one (now two) emerges and grows unscathed…πŸ˜‰ I just saw random bits of the national celebrations but intend to have a peek on iPlayer if I get time – I seem to rarely watch things at the scheduled times these days (especially anything beyond 9pm). It was all very British, wasn’t it?

      • Cathy says:

        It was! I only saw bits and pieces on the BBC news website as not everything is available to watch here (unless you subscribe, get an app or whatever!). Loved the Paddington Bear clip!

  10. bcparkison says:

    What a pretty blue color. Hmmm..I might need to plant some of these.

  11. Donna Donabella says:

    I love delphs and wow these do shine….perfect color for eye candy. Of course my eye went to the antique funnel too. Here is my vase this week. Thanks as always for hosting Cathy!

  12. Like Cathy I’m green with envy as I would love to grow delphiniums but have simply ruled them out because of the mollusc population that they would encounter. Such a deep intense blue which must make a real impact in the border. Just how tall are they? Sorry to hear that your jubilee party plans were scuppered Cathy. Here it seemed to rain nearly all day yesterday and was also most unseasonably cool. I waited until this afternoon for my flowers to drip dry before I cut them :

    • Cathy says:

      I don’t know if this variety resists molluscs, but I have never had any problems – although it was the only one of the original batch, probably from Hayloft, to survive. I suppose this one might be about 5ft6in, but could be less (or more!) – I just know it’s taller than me! To be honest, I was not unhappy to be eating our Jubilee lunch in the privacy of our own house…πŸ˜‰

  13. Kris P says:

    I’m sorry to hear that rain spoiled some of the Jubilee celebrations – the UK put on a great show, though, based on the clips I’ve seen.

    Delphiniums don’t have to speak a word to inspire awe, especially when their blooms are that luscious blue. My Delphiniums haven’t produced a second flush either but I haven’t given up hope of their doing so yet. As always, thanks for hosting, Cathy. Here’s my post:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, the Jubilee celebrations were very British, and certainly smething for the nation to be proud of! πŸ˜ƒ

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  15. Sharon says:

    A late entry from me today.
    Well done Cathy for getting delphiniums to the flowering stage, mine were munched.

  16. Going Batty in Wales says:

    What a gorgeous blue!

  17. tonytomeo says:

    Heck, just a single grand stalk of delphinium is a statement. Are they difficult? When my colleague grew them (a very long time ago) he seemed to add new specimens regularly. I do not remember them dying out, but they always seemed to need replenishment.

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