The letter is D, the flower is Delphinium
One of my favourite flowers. I have grown them in every garden I have ever had.
Delphiniums are an alkaline loving perennial,
popular in cottage type gardens where their beautiful showy spikes tower in gorgeous shades of blue, pink, white and purple.
They are fond of moist cool summers and definitely need to be staked early in the season if they are going to be exposed to sudden wind or rain.
Difficult to grow from seed, they should be purchased in a pot, unless, of course, you have a friendly neighbour who is willing to part with a crown. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the plant’s container, and be sure that the top of the root ball is level with the soil.
After the first blooming in June cut the flower stalks to the ground and new flower stalks will develop so that you can enjoy Delphinium in October, although they won't be as spectacular as the June flowers – but just as precious as you go into winter.
Very young delphinium plants and delphinium seeds are poisonous, and can cause nausea, twitching muscles, paralysis and even death, so please don’t consider them a delicacy.
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