My Alpine Home

Monday, July 4, 2011

Larkspur Lair

Seriously, it’s a jungle out there!

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I am 5’4 1/2” tall, (gotta get that 1/2” in there) every little bit helps.  Can you believe that this Larkspur is taller than me?

Last year I brought a few starts of Larkspur up from our Highland home.

When they had finished blooming I pulled them out and saved the seeds.

Last Fall I sprinkled seeds up on the hill behind an area that is our future fire pit.

This Larkspur is out of control.

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This picture shows you where it is in perspective with our pondless waterfall.

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When I was snapping pics I thought that it looked neat seeing it through this ornamental grass.

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This is where our fire pit will be.

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Now that’s a whole lot of Larkspur!

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If I didn’t know better, I’d think that this metal bee has been doing an excellent job of pollinating.

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These pics were taken from on top of the hill.

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This Larkspur is where I originally planted it last year.

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From there, some reseeded in the herb garden across the way.  Originally I thought I would pull it out.  Being the Larkspur lover that I am, I didn’t have the heart. Besides, it just makes the garden more cottagey.

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Most of it is dark purple and white. With a few pale blue and lavender.

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There are only 4 spikes of pink in the whole lot.

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Are you finding yourself saying, “What was she thinking?”

Let me share with you my thought process.

1.  I love Larkspur!  After all, it is my birthday flower.

2.  It attracts butterflies, and I love butterflies. See my picture on my sidebar.  I took that last year.

3.  It blooms and then it’s outta here.  I just pull it up.  Good for any bare spots.  There are actually some trees, bushes, and perennials up there.  You'd never know it because they are buried in the load of Larkspur.

4.  I think that it is much prettier in bunches.

5.  I love Larkspur!  Did I already say that?

It may be a jungle out there, but I’m lovin every inch of it!

I’m going to link my loads of Larkspur with:

A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday

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Faded Charm for White Wednesday

Meri for Share the Joy Thursday

Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Flora Thurs.

French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

34 comments:

Peg said...

You are so cute in the jungle of Larkspur. It is one of my favorite flowers too, maybe because usually it is purple. I love purple! I am glad you found your way back to your house so you could blog about this most beautiful garden of Larkspur.

Maggie said...

Love your Larkspur hedge! It's much prettier than boring old privet or laurel which is what I have here.
Keep reseeding, it's glorious.

Marie said...

You are blessed to have such beautiful jungle. if that's what a jungle looks like, I'll take it anytime. Omigosh! I love the blue, pink, white and purple combination of the larkspur blooms. And your garden is simply beautiful!

Happy White Wednesday!
-Marie

missing moments said...

That's incredible and beautiful! Very nice garden!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Wow - fantastic photo's of your larkspur! planted in masses it is definately gorgeous! thanks for sharing over here at Fishtail Cottage's Garden party! xoxo, tracie

rebecca said...

i love giant sweeps of flowers....this is joyful!

Darla said...

What a gorgeous jungle you have...mine is long gone and seed collected for broadcasting in the fall.

Rebecca said...

Wow-Double and Triple Wow-so tall and so beautiful. I don't think I've seen anything like that!

Vintage Amethyst said...

Oh my goodness, how lovely.
love
Alison
x

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

We planted larkspur last year for the first time and this year it self-sowed so easily that we are thinking of pulling some like weeding. But you have inspire me to transplant those self-sowed seedling and created a larkspur patch. It look so fun surrounded by larkspur in your photo. I am glad that I visit your blog today. Enjoyed my visit very much.

Angela said...

My son a landscaper says I am a 60's gardener..I'm like you, places seeds here and there. I have one plant (don't even know the name, got it from a yard sale) that is growing crazy in my garden. I've thrown those seeds here and there and have TONS coming up..LOL. I adore the pic of you behind the larkspur. It is too cute.

Larry said...

The larkspur is amazing!! If you have to be out of control, that's definitely the way to go! ...and what a spectacular view from your garden... truly impressive! Larry

Meri said...

Out of this world Larkspur! It's absolutely gorgeous and your "ode to larkspur" is charming. Maybe some of us should have a seed exchange. I'm sowing foxglove again this year (it takes about three years from seed to a flowering plant, I'm learning) and I have lots of seeds from my peonies, though I've never tried to harvest and collect them. Plus I have daylilies like you have larkspur!

Vintage Amethyst said...

Hallo again!
Thank you for your lovely message & I'm so glad you like my husbands work too.
love
Alison
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foxysue said...

Send me a packet of those seeds please, I need them to cover my almost 3 acres!

Sue x

Jacque Ferreira said...

WoW! that was wonderful. I have never planted Larkspur and now I want to! Some of my best flower beds have been from seed tossing, the driveway has bloomed a few times as well Ha! Nice pictures and interesting post, thanks ~ Jacque

Margaret Pangert said...

omg! That is a terrific idea! The larkspur is a stunning addition to so many areas in the garden! The complementary colors are very striking. And you make it sound so easy! (I'm sure it wasn't!)
One suggestion: The volcanic boulders are great space definers. Maybe a hot tub could go in one of those sections?
Your garden is beautiful, Jann! Happy Birthday!

Anna said...

I'm a big fan of larkspur, too! You certainly have it in abundance and it looks gorgeous! Add that mountain view and oh my, what a super place to sit and sip ice tea or whatever....

Susan said...

The larkspur is absolutely gorgeous! I don't blame you for letting it grow unhindered.
SO pretty!

Poppy said...

Happy Birthday, Jann! I'm in love with your beautiful jungle... such gorgeous beauties! You have inspired me today!Mass planting them enhances their beauty so dramatically.. you have a beautiful garden and the scenic view is sooo lovely. Sprinkle seeds in fall, I'm going to try that... although my solitary larkspur does not do so good. Thanks for sharing these beauties with us... I enjoyed them so much! Have a wonderful weekend!~Poppy

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Amy Kinser said...

I think it is beautiful. Your whole garden area is gorgeous. I don't think I have ever seen Larkspur in real life. Really don't think I had ever heard of it until the last year or so.

Nice to visit with you.

Mary Ellen said...

The larkspur is gorgeous! I seeded a bed and all my larkpur seed shifted to the front of the bed instead of the back where I had wanted it but like you I didn't have the heart to pull it out till it was through blooming. And yes I had beautiful butterflies around it too!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your gardens are stunning!! Everything looks so beautiful! Martina

Lady Farmer said...

So very pretty! I'd forgotten how much I like Larkspur! I will be planting some at my house next year~thanks for the photo reminder of how pretty they are!
Visiting from Outdoor Wednesday!

poppilinnstudios said...

Your Larkspur is beautiful! I think I'd like to plant some in my garden after seeing your photos.
-Lynn

Marcia said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I enjoyed the tour of your larkspur garden. They are lovely. I don't think I've seen them grown around here in MD. I think our temps are too humid and hot.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Wow- so pretty !! Love all that larkspur loveliness!! Thanks for sharing this at FNF! Can't wait to see the fire pit! :)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Jann...

Ohhh my goodness...you are definitely in "larkspur heaven", my friend! It's just gorgeous! I never knew that it would grow to be so tall...and maybe it doesn't...in some places. I'm a larkspur lover as well...I just love the soft pinky lavenders and purples! Absolutely gorgeous...and your yard is fabulous too! Thank you for sharing your pretties with us today, my friend!

Warmest summery wishes,
Chari

Karen said...

I want out of control Larkspur!
gorgeous, just gorgeous!

glimpsesofglory-karen.blogspot.com./

Ava said...

Love your Larkspur and just cant get over your view ! I'm Five foot three and a half so I totally get the need to include the half ;) xx Ava

deborah said...
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deborah said...

I love your larkspur and also like how you can see it through the grasses, and WOW what a view! I am now a follower. Thanks for joing my blog! I am so happy to find you!

Ginger said...

Your post drew me in because of a very personal story about larkspur and my grandma that passed away several years ago. Larkspur has always been a favorite of hers and mine and I grow it every year. On this particular day, Grandma was in the hospital not doing well and I went by the hospital to visit her before going on to work and brought her a little boquet of larkspur. I asked her if she knew what kind of flower it was and she answered, "well of course I know what they are, they are larkspur" and she was so excited.
Those were the last words she spoke to me. I will always cherish those words and larkspur. Thank you for the reminder.
Ginger
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Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I have no experience with Larkspur but it looks amazing...but I have a small garden and can't afford to have it swallowed up by one plant even if it is pretty!!