In a recent post over at A Lake County Point of View, the County Clerk wrote:
My Delphinium x elatum seedlings are up and ready. Depsite the snow, I'm thinking Delphinium thoughts. It's just a matter of time and the dolphin search can begin again.
Well... the "new latin" moniker for Larkspur - "Delphinium" - comes to us almost unchanged from the Greek.
Now, when I was thinking about this - I was trying to remember what my northern perennial delphiniums looked like in my Michigan garden. Thinking back, I think I made a lame (although fairly well thought out) comment on the County Clerk's site that perhaps it was another member of the dolphin family (I believe I said the pilot whale - because the truncated face of the whale might, if you squint your eyes and use all of your imagination might look like a swollen flower bud of the Delphinium).
But today, as I was attempting to photograph flowers in my garden (for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day) while there were gale-force winds (no, I was not very successful - and if the winds die don't down, I'm tempted to try the approach used by Ellis Hollow - gorgeous!), well I THINK I FOUND THE DOLPHINS! I was photographing my annual larkspur that reseed each year (they are just beginning to bloom) - and, well, what do you think?