Autumn is definitely making itself known with the amount of leaves falling off the trees at the moment and the cold start to the mornings that we’re experiencing here in the UK.
So, before it’s firmly taken its grasp, I thought I’d feature one of my favourite summer flowers…the delphinium.
I love the vibrant colour of this particular one. They come in shades ranging from deepest indigo to iridescent blue, and also in pale pink and white. And there are two main groups – Belladonna and Elatum.
The delphinium is named after the shape of its flowers as they resemble the bottle-like nose of the dolphin, with ‘delphis’ being the Greek for dolphin.
The blooms, which are either single or double, cling on to the tall spires which have a tubular stem.
Delphiniums come from the buttercup family and did you know that traditionally they were used to make blue dye and ink?
P.S. Today’s photo was taken whilst I was on a photography course recently. Here’s a blog post about the morning with the lady who was taking the course snapping me taking today’s photo!
(Image : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)