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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Blue Delphiniums

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Blue flowers of any kind 
are welcome in my home and garden. 

Just when I think I have definitely chosen a favorite flower,
blue of course, 
I see another variety and change my mind. 
Lobelia, hydrangea, muscari, agapanthus, and let's not forget 
the Texas state flower, bluebonnet, all are my favorite, 
for a while...
until I see another favorite! 
Oh, yes, there is blue sage. 
I just remembered scabiosa.   
See what I mean? 

Immediately inside the entrance of the new Trader Joe's in Fort Worth 
are the fresh-cut flowers for sale. 
Trader Joe's knows marketing.

Not only did the store have pink peonies the day
I was shopping, it also had 
delphiniums!

How exquisite! 
Each individual flower shimmers in the sun. 
The unopened buds are spurs, much like columbines. 
Oh my...how I love blue columbines. 
Maybe that is really my favorite flower.

I have not had delphiniums in years.  
The local grocery stores do not stock delphiniums, 
nor do the local florists I sometimes frequent for special occasions. 

Alas, delphinium is not one of those flowers that 
my mom grows in Alabama, 
nor does anyone I know in north Texas grow them. 

Bleu, blue, periwinkle...  

A sea of blue in my house...
on the walls, on the kitchen countertops, on upholstered chairs, 
on sheets, on toile bed pillows, on dishes, on rugs, 
on curtains, on dish towels, on flower pots...
even my Olympus camera is blue

The blue delphiniums were the first thing in my basket at Trader Joe's. 
The pink peonies were a fast second. 

My house needed them. 

My eyes needed them, 
and the price was too good to believe. 

Sitting on the breakfast table in the sunspace,
they are beautiful from every angle. 

A very old photo (pre-digital cameras) 
from a surprise birthday party many years ago...
Look closely; the floral centerpiece has dark blue delphiniums.
Can it be that long ago since I had delphiniums?

The twirling unfurling of fronds, 
The blue blooms with full open faces, 
The vining buds of new green growth, 
 Describe delphinium's graces. 
With the new Trader Joe's close by, 
it is not going to be as long as before for 
blue delphiniums 
to grace my table again. 

They just may be my favorite blue flower after all. 

Well, for a while anyway.
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16 comments:

Christine Graves said...

Beautiful! and I got a chance to visit a Trader Joes when we visited Dallas....Loved that store. Love the flower, I have 2 of them planted and love it when they bloom, even tho they don't last long. I think (these 2 are my first delphiniums)they only bloom once then go away until next spring...darn it! lol

Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

Delphiniums don't grow here, either. But, Lowe's has them in the spring and they're very, very beautiful. I didn't see you mention blue plumbago. That's one of my very favorite flowers and have them all over my yard. They start blooming early in spring and don't stop blooming until they freeze back. And, the butterflies love them, too. Lynda

Sarah said...

Love blue delphiniums, but don't grow them either. Looking forward to when Trader Joe's opens here in Austin. My blue plumbago blooms its head off in this summer heat as does my blue daze. My blue agapanthus not so much. I only saw half dozen blooms this season and about the same on my blue iris. I need to consult an expert.
Happy Bastille Day! Viva la France! ~ Sarah

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, your blue flowers are beautiful, and they look so nice on your table. It looks like they have a bit of purple in them, and I think that's why they are so pretty to me, as purple is my favorite color.

Love,
~Sheri

Lavender Cottage said...

Delphiniums are a striking flower, especially for a vase and can be found in many hues of your favourite blue.

Lois Arnold said...

Love, love, love the blue delphiniums! They are gorgeous! Alas, the closest Trader Joe's is at least a 45 minute drive! I love that you have a blue camera! My Nikon is black, BUT my laptop is cobalt blue! DH bought it for me and I was surprised that he thought to buy it in blue! Have a wonderful day!

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

Lovely photographs! Thank you so much for visiting L'Heure Bleue At Home. The words L'Heure Bleue have always resonated with me so it was natural that I used it for my blog. I guess I didn't think of the fact that it might be hard to pronounce as French is one of Canada's national languages. So happy to "meet" someone who appreciates French inspiration as much as I do!

Art and Sand said...

The delphiniums are beautiful. I don't know that I have ever had any in my house. I don't do the grocery shopping and Steve walks right past the flowers when he is at TJs. I think I need to go with home today to see what is available.

Stacy said...

I love delphiniums and I can grow them here in the northwest! I am not sure why I don't because they are just gorgeous. I love your arrangement! Visiting via the cottage garden party.

SmilingSally said...

They ARE blue-tiful, and I don't blame you for changing your preferences!
Thanks for sharing.

Happy Blue Monday, BB!

Tammy N said...

Very pretty. I love delphiniums. They always stand out among the other flowers in any garden or arrangement.

LV said...

They are indeed a lovely flower. I like all flowers, no matter the color or what. The last time I went to Trader Joe's, I decided I could find my needs closer and less hectic. They should have located in a less congested area.

Designs By Pinky said...

I have loved blue delphiniums since I worked at the florist and used them in arrangements. I have never had any at my home tyhough BUT, I just bought a plant last week and it is planted in my garden now!!!!! I should have some beautiful blooms next year! I have 2 tiny ones right now. Yours are gorgeous. Our Trader Joe's is 45 mins. away:( Have a beautiful week. XO, Pinky

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Your delphiniums are beautiful!
Your newest follower,
~Wendy

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Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

They are beautiful and your photos are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!
Blessings,
Cindy