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Gloves for Foxes

Saturday, 02 Jun 12 Rainy 11°C / 52°F

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Apathetic towards a great many flowers I may be (and by apathetic I mean I love it but there’s no passion), but my my, foxgloves tick every box for me. Tall, elegant and intricately patterened, a colourful raceme that rockets up to signify the start of summer.

A few months ago I suddenly discovered how much I loved tulips, but Digitalis are so much better. A perfect plant, and as English as it gets. As a fan of bright exotics and weird succulents, I don’t necessarily prefer the cottage garden look, yet foxgloves bring in powerful structures and exciting blooms, greatly improving any space.

I have been so lucky to be surprised with a variety of cultivars in my garden, despite only planting ‘Apricot Beauty’ last year.

As with most blooms, they look particularly sumptuous after the heavy rain.

Photos:
1: Digitalis ‘Apricot Beauty’
2: Digitalis purpurea
3: Digitalis ‘White Frills’
4: Digitalis ‘White Freckles’
5: My little garden at the moment. :)

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Comments

  • cristina

    cristina wrote:

    Beautiful!! I love foxgloves :) Also the ones I sowed last June (they are still in pots) are starting to bloom.

    Posted on 03 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • HollyBee

    HollyBee wrote:

    Oh yes … foxgloves are wonderful and yours are so pretty!

    Posted on 03 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    Thank you very much, cristina and HollyBee. :)

    Posted on 03 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • seeingreen

    seeingreen wrote:

    I never fail to be stunned by foxglove markings – just look at those on your ‘Purple’ photo! You couldn’t beat that even if you designed it yourself.

    Posted on 03 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    So true, seeingreen, so true. Nature is a marvellous thing. :)

    Posted on 03 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Sue_McMuffin09

    Sue_McMuffin09 wrote:

    they are beautiful, no wonder you are so taken by them.. :)

    Posted on 03 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Mamabluestem

    Mamabluestem wrote:

    I adore foxgloves, too! There’s nothing more beautiful and elegant than white foxgloves by moonlight!

    Posted on 03 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    Thank you very much, Sue_McMuffin09 and Mamabluestem, I am glad they bring you so much joy too. :)

    Posted on 03 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Amarylis

    Amarylis wrote:

    Like the others above I think they are very nice, too! I have never grown them. The bees adore them! For someone who doesn’t particularly like the “Cottage garden look” your garden looks very much like one!

    Posted on 03 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Motherhen

    Motherhen wrote:

    Very pretty foxgloves. Don’t you love watching bumble bees disappearing up the flowers? It always makes me smile

    Posted on 03 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • sheepandwool

    sheepandwool wrote:

    Lovely! I just love Foxgloves.

    Posted on 03 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Fhaith

    Fhaith wrote:

    You inspire me to want to try to grow them again. I left mine behind when I moved.

    Posted on 03 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • rosemarieGardener

    rosemarieGardener wrote:

    Another foxglove lover here!…..and yours are so beautiful, especially the apricot. Enjoy!

    Posted on 03 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    Thanks, Amarylis, yes it certainly has taken on that look, probably due to my encouraging of everything in there to make its own way. ;)
    Thank you Motherhen, I sure do!
    Thanks, sheepandwool. :D
    Fhaith, I hope you get a chance to grow them soon.
    Thank you very much, rosemarieGardener. :)

    Posted on 04 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • LouiseM

    LouiseM wrote:

    I adore foxgloves too and strange as it sounds, I love the touch of them! They work as “thimbles” for me as well as gloves for foxes… :D

    Posted on 04 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • glgardener

    glgardener wrote:

    They are just beautiful! I love them and have finally had success growing them. I WS them last year and this year they are starting to flower. I know what you mean about how you feel about them. I keep going out to just stare at them.

    Posted on 04 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    LouiseM, yes! I know what you mean! I like any flower spike where the flowers open at different times at different heights, like lupins… :)
    glgardener, I’m glad yours are illuminating your garden too. What colour are they? :)

    Posted on 04 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • glgardener

    glgardener wrote:

    I was sent seeds in a trade. one labelled rose which looks like your pic #2 and one labelled white which is starting to bloom today and the flower is white but it is a different shape. I took a pic today but the battery died in my camera just after I took it and I haven’t downloaded the pic yet.

    Posted on 04 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    Thanks, glgardener, I look forward to seeing them. :)

    Posted on 05 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • glgardener

    glgardener wrote:

    I am about to upload pics of my foxgloves on my page/plantings
    When I got to look at the pic I took of the pink one the other day it was blurry, so I took another one this morning.

    Posted on 06 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • anelson

    anelson wrote:

    Bet you dont have a foxglove like mine http://myfolia.com/journals/118035-mutant

    Posted on 07 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

  • Tralamander

    Tralamander wrote:

    Thanks glgardener, I’ll go have a look now.
    anelson, that is SO cool! :)

    Posted on 08 Jun 12 (over 2 years ago)

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