I used to think that lilies and delphiniums were the final word in elegance. They seemed aristocratic to me, and since I am anything but aristocratic, it never occurred to me when I started gardening that I could have these stately plants in my garden.
Then my friend and neighbor Kathleen encouraged me to plant Asiatic lilies. I started with “Negros”, a dark red lily (left), and then planted some bright yellow ones, I forget their name.
And then when I first started planting seeds I bought a packet of delphinium seeds at the local hardware store–pacific? I don’t remember the type right now, but they were tall. I was astonished that I had 100% germination, and was awash with healthy vigorous seedlings that all matured into five and even six foot tall plants. Since then I plant delphinium seeds every Spring, since mine tend to last for three or four years and then they just don’t come up again. Because they are so tall I am careful to plant them in parts of the yard that are somewhat sheltered from the wind.
Lilies and hollyhocks don’t seem bothered by wind, but I have to stake or otherwise protect the delphiniums and my tall bearded iris. So, I have my seeds in and they have just sprouted in the last two days. I planted them on April 1. My husband started his onions and some herbs earlier and they are well along.