Floral Friday: Watercolour Delphiniums

Good morning from a cool but sunny Hastings.

I love delphiniums – yes I do know the name of these gorgeous flowers.  This year we had such a show at Cornwall Park so on New Year’s Day while my children had to both work I headed to the park and just enjoyed the show.   It wasn’t that easy as it was windy and my camera is mega slow in the best of times so I took lots of photos. As you do.

Various delphiniums are cultivated as ornamental plants, for traditional and native plant gardens. The numerous hybrids and cultivars are primarily used as garden plants, providing height at the back of the summer border, in association with roses, lilies, and geraniums.

Most delphinium hybrids and cultivars are derived from D. elatum. Hybridisation was developed in the 19th-century, lead by Victor Lemoine in France.[9] Other hybrid crosses have included D. bruninianum, D. cardinale, D. cheilanthum, and D. formosum.[10]

Numerous cultivars have been selected as garden plants, and for cut flowers and floristry. They are available in shades of white, pink, purple, and blue. The blooming plant is also used in displays and specialist competitions at flower and garden shows, such as the Chelsea Flower Show.[11]

The ‘Pacific Giant’ hybrids are a group with individual single-color cultivar names, developed by Reinelt in the United States. They typically grow to 4–6 ft (1.2–1.8 m) tall on long stems, by 2–3 ft (0.61–0.91 m) wide. They reportedly can tolerate deer.[8] Millennium delphinium hybrids, bred by Dowdeswell’s in New Zealand, are reportedly better in warmer climates than the Pacific hybrids.[12][13] Flower colors in shades of red, orange, and pink have been hybridized from D. cardinale by Americans Reinelt and Samuelson.[10]

What I didn’t know is that these plants are toxic.

All parts of these plants are considered toxic to humans, especially the younger parts,[2] causing severe digestive discomfort if ingested, and skin irritation.[3][5][42][2] Larkspur, especially tall larkspur, is a significant cause of cattle poisoning on rangelands in the western United States.[43] Larkspur is more common in high-elevation areas, and many ranchers delay moving cattle onto such ranges until late summer when the toxicity of the plants is reduced.[44] Death is through cardiotoxic and neuromuscular blocking effects, and can occur within a few hours of ingestion.[45] All parts of the plant contain various diterpenoid alkaloids, typified by methyllycaconitine, so are very poisonous.[42]

You learn something new everyday.


I have edited them as watercolours – just unleashing the inner artist in me again.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Indigo

This week Jennifer has gone for Indigo for her One Word Challenge:

One Word Photo Challenge: Indigo

So I dug through my photos and found these irises.  They were so beautiful which meant, of course, lots of photos.


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Cee’s Fun Fotos: My favourite things, Verse 2

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels, Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings, These are a few of my favorite things.

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Good morning from a cooler Hastings morning.  Everything is still a bit damp this morning as we had a massive thunderstorm yesterday afternoon.  We even had a bit of flash flooding down the street and parts of Napier and Hastings had hail as well.  It is nice to see the rain, just not so much at once.

Anyway onto Cee’s challenge. This time a really fun series.  I just loved this movie and knew all the words to just about all the songs from it.   Us kids must have driven my parents mad by singing them all on long trips to visit my grandmother.  (That was before I lost some of my hearing).

Anyway last week I stopped off at Anderson Park for some different bird life and found these geese. The moon was taken some time ago.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: My Favorite Things, Verse Two


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Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge Week 72: Socks

Good morning from a grey Hastings morning. This is only the second time since before Christmas that we are having any rain.  The grounds are drying out and we are now having water restrictions along with the fire ban.  Actually the night before we moved it rained.  But it had stopped just in time for us to move.

So here is a new addition to the family.  Socks.  Just before Christmas I had posted my last photo of Missy, my father’s cat.  She was suffering from cancer and a couple of weeks ago they had to make the heartbreaking decision to put her down.  My father was devastated.  So the next day they went to the SPCA and came home with Socks.  He is sooooooooo adorable and a bundle of energy.  It is a big change from the sedate Missy.  So much personality.  But then again, they have forgotten what it is like to have a kitten around.  He has helped my father in particular to get over the loss of Missy and really entertains them.  I have noticed an improvement in my mother as well.

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Phoneography Challenge: Black and White

Good morning from a grey cloudy day here in Hastings.

It is nice to be back online after a few days off.  It didn’t worry me so much but my children missed it terribly.  I just used my phone as a hot spot just to download my emails.  Appropriate for this challenge. I have noticed that the internet speed is somewhat faster than what we are used to so that is a good thing.

Thank you for all your messages of support.  Yes our move went very smoothly.  It only took 1 1/2 hours to move all my belongings.  I had everything packed up and so it was just a matter of picking everything up and shifting it.  The only problem is that my camera has gone missing and I can’t find it.  I have unpacked most of my stuff, but still have a few boxes in the shed to check out.  I will find it.  So for now it is a just my cell phone.

These two photos of the toxic weed morning glory were taken just as I was waiting for the new landlord to do a house inspection before picking up the keys to our new home.  I tried to edit these with apps but couldn’t get the affect I wanted so just edited them this morning with Photoscape and Fotor software.





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Cee’s Oddball Challenge: Moving

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Good morning from a sunny warm Hastings.  We are expecting to get to 29 degrees celsius today.  Will be be fun with my packing.

I am moving next week so will be offline for a couple of weeks.  I will try and get around my reader on my iPad but will see how that goes.

I found these dolls yesterday going through one of my cupboards.  My mother gave them to me years ago and one of them is a bit worse for wear.

Thanks also to Cee who featured me on her blog this week.


So see you all in a couple of weeks when I get back on line again.