Do you know how to get Delphiniums to bloom in your garden?
I've always wanted to have Delphiniums in my perennial border with tall spires of blooms in all shades of blue reaching for the sky.
I had moderate success a dozen or so years ago, but after a season of bloom, the delphiniums always disappeared from the garden.
Last year, I did some research and decided to try some Foerster hybrids. I purchased seeds, sowed them indoors and ended up with several nice little delphinium seedlings. Then one day I put the seedlings outside and while my back was turned, something ate them and they were no more.
Like any gardener, I watered the remaining pots of dirt for awhile, but no miracle sprouts came back and I temporarily gave up on my delphinium dreams.
But we don't give up on our gardening dreams that easily, do we? No! This spring I sowed more delphinium seeds and planted the seedlings out into the garden last week. I don't know if they'll make it, but I am hopeful.
In the meantime, I've discovered the secret to getting delphiniums to bloom in my garden.
How's your summer reading program going? I hope that the June-July selection of the Garden Blogger's Book Club, People with Dirty Hands: The Passion for Gardening by Robin Chotzinoff, is at the top of your stack of books to read.
If you are still considering whether to get a copy, Robin commented the other day:
"I am so excited that people are going to read this 10+-year-old book that I wish I could send all of you a drywall bucket full of aged rabbit poop, which I consider to be the best compost of all. Seriously, this is great for me. If you have any trouble finding the book, contact me through my blogsite and I can send you one, cheap and signed."
Yes, you can contact Robin via her blog, People With Dirty Hands, and she'll hook you up with the book, cheap and signed!
Then to participate in the book club, just read the book and write a post about your thoughts on it, what struck you as funny, what parts you identified with, or anything else related that you think of.
Or, you can go with "door number 2" which is to read one of the following books about specific passions for gardening and write a related post.
Otherwise Normal People: Inside the Thorny World of Competitive Rose Gardening by Aurelia Scott
Orchid Fever: A Horticultural Tale of Love, Lust, and Lunacy by Eric Hansen
Backyard Giants: The Passionate, Heartbreaking, and Glorious Quest to Grow the Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Susan Warren
Or if you want to participate in the book club without ever reading a book, you can do so by writing a post about someone you think has a passion for gardening. It could be someone you look up to and admire for their passion for gardening, or a gardener who helped you be a better gardener or a mysterious gardener that you haven’t really met, but you’ve seen their garden and wonder what they are like. Or contact your favorite garden blogger and interview them via email and write a post about that.
If you’ve been thinking about joining in the Garden Bloggers’ Book Club, this is the perfect time to do so, with so many ways to do it. Don't make me beg!
I'll post the virtual club meeting post on July 31st with links to everyone's related book review or gardener interview, but you can post whenever you'd like before then. You don't have to wait until July 31st. Just let me know via a comment or email when you do post, so I can visit your blog and get the link.
Over on Plurk, I commented that I bought a plant that the people at the greenhouse didn't know much about, except it was from Australia and they called it "Joey". Can anyone help identify it?
I just hope it isn't some roadside weed over in Australia, but is a nice cultivated flower. At least it is going to be a nice cultivated flower in my garden, growing in this pot. I hope.
The flowers kind of remind me of clover, but they are much bigger. The foliage is smooth and so far there is just that rosette of leaves with the bloom stalk coming up out of it.
Leave a comment if you know what it is. (Update! This is Ptilotus exalatus, "Joey". Thank you, Molly, for the link.)
And by now you are dying to know the secret to getting delphiniums to bloom in your garden, aren't you?
I'm not telling this secret to just anyone, and I bet you know what it is and you've done it yourself.
The secret is...
Buy the plant already blooming!
(Ducking now, running for cover, please no throwing the garden produce at the garden blogger!)