Moving delphiniums at the wrong time
Hi Everyone - can somebody help a dumbo who didn't plan properly?
I know it's definitely the wrong time to do it but I HAD to move some 2 - 3 yr old delphinium plants yesterday (17th May) as this clump was going to be in the path of some landscaping work (a smart person would have figured that & moved them some weeks ago)! The plants are about 2' tall with the very first signs of flower spikes.
I moved them to a nice spot with enriched soil, gave them a good soak and put in a support system. Weather yesterday & today has been still, cool & overcast.
24 hrs later and the tops are looking limp and floppy (but not completely keeled over).
Do you think these might perk up in the next few days? - if so how long should I give them to do so?
Or should I cut my losses and cut the stems back now & hope for a late summer show of flowers? Also any views on watering? - my soil is heavy clay & is wet and sticky after several days of heavy rain last week. I was planning to make sure the plants do not dry out but assume that I need to make sure the soil isn't waterlogged?