Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Foxglove Payoff


Remember that little foxglove sprout I pulled out of a seam in a pipe at the side of our house last spring? The one I rooted on our kitchen windowsill for a while before planting it out in the garden?

Well, this is what we've been working toward. After all that time and effort, here's the payoff. It's blooming!


Dave and I love foxgloves. They're very low-maintenance (once you get them growing in the right place!) and they're pest-resistant. I hope this one re-seeds so we get more in coming years. The plant itself is ginormous, with several flower stalks.


You can see it behind and to the right of Olga, with its purple spire of flowers. The roses are coming out quite vividly, too!


This is another variety of foxglove -- fancy hybrid, as opposed to our scrappy wild variety, that Dave got from a garden supplier. It's also blooming now. In fact, everything in the garden seems to be at its peak of spring lushness, a dense canyon of green punctuated by bright flowers.

I slept incredibly well last night. It was a bit of a struggle getting through yesterday -- at one point I was reading something at my desk and I found myself not only losing the plot, but embroidering it with a dream-state of my own. Party fatigue plays interesting games with the human brain!

14 comments:

crafty cat corner said...

Just beautiful and good to know that they are pest resistant. I may try to get some for my little square. My problem would be the foxes trampling them, we now have at least five fox cubs coming each evening.
Briony
x

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Your foxgloves are way ahead of ours. It's amazing what a hundred and seventy miles difference can do. As for embroidery - it's a laudable hobby - though normally favoured by ladies of leisure and bored princesses.

John Gray said...

Did you know wild foxgloves only have flowers in one narrow band?

jenny_o said...

The foxglove blossoms are amazing. I'd consider getting some except Briony's comment on the previous post about their toxicity to cats and dogs has made me re-think that. But they are certainly beautiful.

Not just party fatigue but fatigue of any kind is seriously hard on the head (and body)!

Colette said...

You saved this foxglove and look how wonderfully it repays you! What a color, what a plant. I had many up north, but I don't think I can grow them in Central Florida?

Ms. Moon said...

What a gorgeous bloom!
Do you do any fertilizing of your garden?

robin andrea said...

Your garden is so lush and beautiful. The foxglove looks wonderful there. Great job saving that beauty.

37paddington said...

What a gorgeous flower!

Red said...

Things are lush and green there.that makes up for a miserable spring.

Sharon Anck said...

I LOVE foxglove and this one is especially pretty. Your garden is looking pretty spectacular. I love seeing all that sunshine!

Vivian Swift said...

I see you are reading Pour Me a Life. Great title for what I assume is, in the words of Alcoholics Anonymous, a drunkalogue. I love drunkalogues! I admire those who can go to extremes and live to tell the tale. I hope you'll do a review, please.

Olga looks adorable in her garden. That is one happy pup.

The Bug said...

I think foxgloves are so fascinating looking - almost Dr. Seussian. Now I want some in my yard!

Catalyst said...

Gorgeous.

Cheryl West said...

Beautiful foxgloves! Some years ours have reseeded and some years not so I bought two large pots of them yesterday.