Edie could see the garden from her chair on the deck, and from her bedroom window. The garden was now blooming with lavender, and orange calendulas brightened up the winter’s day. Behind the flowers stood four dragonfly stakes, which, in the summer, provided support for Edie’s favourite flowers, the tall blue delphiniums that had once won her a prize in the local garden club’s annual competition.
Excerpt from Scrappy Cupcake Angels
Like Edie, in Scrappy Cupcake Angels, I, too, love delphiniums. I have always been drawn to blue and purple flowers, much like a bee. Dephiniums are easy to grow from seed, and the spires of flowers last a long time, blooming several times during the year. Tall and majestic, they add a lovely touch of romance to a cottage garden.There are many different varieties and beautiful colours to choose from, ranging in shades from blues, purples, and lavenders, to soft pinks and creams.
During Victorian times, attaching meanings to flowers—the language of flowers, or floriography—was hugely popular. Flowers would be given to convey particular emotions, or secret declarations of love. Delphiniums (larkspur) symbolised big-heartedness, fun, infinite possibility, and ardent attachment.