The Ugly Duckling

delphiniumIf the French epithet ‘joile laide’ could apply¬† to a flower I think this delphinium would be a good candidate.

The lone stem in a bucket full of blue caught my eye when leaving the local farmers market, I turned on my heels and retraced my steps to have a closer look.

It was a bit of an ugly duckling surrounded by that magnificent blue yet strangely elegant – if there were more the same I imagined you could create a very sophisticated floral arrangement mixed in with white flowers and greenery.

delphinium detail

Now I have a self imposed ‘rule’ not to buy flowers to design with for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe’ but this lone stem was impossible to resist¬† – it’s petals patterned like they’ve been drawn on with charcoal captivated me and once home inspired several dresses too.

delphinium dress from petal & pins