Many years ago I planted delphiniums in my garden and they were tall blue beauties. Unfortunately they never came back! Given my poor success that first year I have been hesitant to plant them again. I will probably try once again some time soon because I think they are such romantic additions to cottage gardens—and that describes my garden well.
In bouquets and table arrangements delphinium is spectacular because the flower stalks provide delicate height. They can be found in white, pinks, red and even yellow though mostly they are known for their vibrant blues. Delphinium in the language of flowers means infinite possibilities. Perfect for starting out your new marriage—the sky is the limit!
Kind of Blue
By Lynn Powell
Not Delft or
delphinium, not Wedgewood
among the knickknacks, not wide-eyed chicory
evangelizing in the devil strip—
But way on down in the moonless
octave below midnight, honey,
way down where you can’t tell cerulean
Not Mason jars of moonshine, not
waverings of silk, not the long-legged hunger
of a heron or the peacock’s
But Delilahs of darkness, darling,
and the muscle of the mind
Not sullen snow slumped
against the garden, not the first instinct of flame,
not small, stoic ponds, or the cold derangement
of a jealous sea—
But bluer than the lips of Lazarus, baby,
before Sweet Jesus himself could figure out
what else in the world to do but weep.