I first saw larkspur in my friend Sally’s garden.
It was blooming wildly throughout her garden.
I knew immediately I wanted some.
She was kind enough to share.
As most gardeners are.
My last two gardens have been
Blessed with shall we say ample larkspur
Throughout late May and most of June
For years now.
In my garden it’s a self seeding annual.
Which means that as the blooms fade
If you leave the plants in place
The blooms will dry out
And seeds will fall
Making new plants and blooms for next year.
Now, I’ve let it go a little wild in my garden.
I always think I’m going to be more firm
With this garden child
And thin it out harshly.
But each year I let something get in the way
And never quite get it done.
This year I think I’ve finally figured out why.
It’s the “little black dress of the garden”.
It goes with everything.
As you can see by the pictures sprinkled through this little tale.
It’s a bold backdrop to the pastels of May
And the hotter colors that follow in June.
So, I’ll continue to let it go to seed.
And plant itself around my garden.
Sometimes it takes time
To figure out why something is in my life.
Keeping myself open to reasons that are not easily apparent
Makes the years even more interesting.
Enjoy the week and get your hands in the soil.