My Mum's delphiniums have taken a bit of bashing in the rain; she hadn't staked them this year.
The name delphinium comes from the Greek delphis, meaning dolphin, and refers to the shape of the flowers. I'm surprised to read that it's a member of the Ranunculaceae, the buttercup family.
Delphiniums were a favourite of the dormouse in the A. A. Milne
The Lair of the Earthworm
As I clear the roots of dock and nettle from the path at the side of the veg beds by the hedge I keep digging up earthworms. No point in leaving them in the path as I'm going to cover the surface with weed-blocking fabric, so I transfer every one I find to the adjacent veg bed. Some of the worms are so curled up that they almost look as if they're tied in a knot. They are coated in mucus. I wonder if these worms have entered into a state of rest, suspended animation, for the summer months, a process that is roughly the equivalent of winter hibernation and is know as aetivation. If so I hope they'll appreciate waking up in a strange bed.