Friday, 13 September 2019

Sky Blue Delphiniums

There's something rather special about sky-blue flowers, and a towering delphinium brings a concentrated hit of this most elevating colour up to eye level.  Caught against a blue sky in summer or autumn, they're breathtaking.


Pacific Giant Seedling of Summer Skies, first year flowering in July from Feb sown seeds 2019.
Summer Skies - Sky Blue seedling
Just look at that blue! I was amazed at how truly sky-blue this summer skies seedling is. No Photoshopping the colours here! That's the colour of the sky and the colour of the flowers; an almost perfect match in tone and intensity. for the week this was in flower I steered all visitors to my garden to these flowers, with a whispered "just look at those flowers against the sky." After the flower spike formed Summer Skies picked it up mildew on the leaves, but cut back to the base after most of the flower spikes were spent, the trio of summer skies planted together in an ericaceous pot (for the lilies, not the delphs) have formed flowers almost ready to open this week (sept 14th). Just in time to compare themselves to clear autumn skies.

Glowing light blue flowers of delphinium elatum Pandora in 2019
Pandora
The darker blue of Pandora if enhanced by a beautiful eye: black striped with blue. A nice pyramid shape too.

Delphinium Elatum Blue Lagoon 2019
Blue Lagoon

A mauve and and pale blue seedling of summer skies
Summer Skies
Blue Lagoon: Sky blue with hints of mauve and below, a similar colouring from a summer skies seedling. Note the pinked petal tips on the summer skies vs smooth points of Blue Lagoon.  

This Summer skies was chunkier and more well filled than Lagoons first flowering.

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