storm warnings –
the deep blue reach
– Billie Wilson (Alaska)
from Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (Norton, 2013)
My delphiniums have been terrible this year. I shifted the two that have done all right in previous years to what I thought was a better spot for them. One promptly died and the other has put up a pathetic little spike. Meanwhile, the new one I bought in spring, which was planted alongside, has also stood still. Pah!
in dark soil –
the taste of rain water
– Sandra Simpson, published in tinywords 13.1, 2013
Read more about Delphinium Royal Aspirations. The Vege Grower’s great-grandfather was a champion delphinium grower and we have the RHS medal to prove it. The Vege Grower, however, refuses to have anything to do with them. The photo was taken in Bason Botanic Gardens near Wanganui, which is home to Dowdeswell’s Delphiniums, the business of this country’s top (only?) delphinium breeder, Terry Dowdeswell.