Admittedly, I'm still working on finding the sweet spot on our farm where larkspurs thrive and are fully supported. They're a bit fickle from seed to bloom. Larkspurs and delphiniums benefit from a cold period before seeding. This year, I had mixed results with germination, and the flowers that remained are gracing the fields. There's a balance in supporting these flowers post transplant. The spikey blooms, carried loosely in it's racemes, tend to want to flop and surrender into the atmosphere, perhaps in sync with its star-like shape. The flowers are worth the struggle in growing them in the fields. Their purple flowers attract butterflies and bumblebees, who hover over the blooms laden with pollen cargo. It's beauty in a bouquet packs an equal load of celestial wonder and marks the turning point from spring to summer in our flower gardens.
Lightness, Levity. Heavenly, Oceanic, Playful – are words that emerge while I am out combing the garden edges for the purple blue spikes of larkspur featured in this week's bouquet. The theme is blue-green, watery, a celebration of and nostalgia for those summer memories spent swimming in lakes and wondering at the stars while roasting marshmallows and hot dogs over a campfire.
Delve a little deeper into larkspur's spurious history, and you'll discover references to the spaciousness of the cosmos that gives equal weight to reflecting on both our inner and outer universe. In Bach's flower essence reference, larkspur encourages vitality that comes from living from our hearts. Larkspurs are closely related and entwined with Delphiniums. The former, tend to withstand a Wisconsin winter and perennialize the landscape. The latter's name is derived from the Greek God Delphi, represented by the oracle of Delphi, considered the center of the Earth according to Zeus. The shape of the flower's nectary is said to represent the dolphin, with its playful qualities and astute intelligence that guides and glides alongside the ocean's surface waters. When I read into the history and language of larkspur I am inspired by the exploration of our inner and outer worlds and the connections to the water, the play of dolphins, and the reminder of how much we eat and enjoy in life comes from the peak expression of flowers.
There's a dreamlike softness here when you gaze into your bouquet, both in memory and in flower bud, that only the greens and blues that the blossoms of late June in the garden can bring. I hope you, too enjoy dreaming and stargazing amidst the backdrop of larkspur in this week's bouquets. - ES