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Sunday, June 14, 2009

It's Foxglove Time!

It's Foxglove time again!
As I told in my March post, Foxglove, The Beautiful, I never planted it in my garden. It came itself and made a home here. It is June, and Foxglove steals the show.
It looks good standing alone:

and it looks good in a group:

It adds color to a kitchen garden:

And it adds color to the area behind the house that I didn't figure out what to do with yet:

It looks good with a white background :

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And it looks good with a green background:

It shows well on the pictures taken in a bright day:

And it shows well on the pictures taken on a cloudy day:

It looks good from afar:

And it looks good close:

It looks good when the flowers just start opening, starting from the lowest:

and it looks wonderful when the flowers are fully open:

It looks good in a formal setting:

And it looks good in a casual setting (what can be more casual than a vegetable bed!):

It looks not that bad even on my not so good picture:

I don't know what I would do without a Foxglove in my garden. It amazes me how this plant places itself here and there creating a stunning vertical effect. It brings an element of surprise each year making this wonderful season even more exciting.
Thank you, Mister Foxglove!


  1. Как говорится, даже дух захватило - такая красота!

  2. I love that purple foxglove! What a great color. (everytime I open your page I think, what a cute puppy :-) )

  3. I didn't plant any this year so it is so nice to enjoy yours. They are one of my favorites.

  4. Tatyana...what an artist you are. I like all your foxglove.

  5. They are splendid. I have two blooming in my garden and am most excited. I remember your first post and it was a lovely one too.

  6. Absolutely beautiful! I bought seeds this year, just haven't planted. On the list just have to do it. Seeing yours makes me move that to the top of the list.

  7. I have tried to grow these a couple of times with no luck. Maybe another try is in order...

  8. I am enjoying my trip through your beautiful garden with the digitalis as my guide :-)

  9. Really lovely, foxgloves really add to any garden and look great in yours.

  10. AnonymousJune 14, 2009

    Hi Tatyana~~ Your gardens are sooo beautiful. It is a pleasant mystery how foxgloves pop up in the sweetest places. You've surrounded them with so much love.

  11. I have the first season with the Foxglove this year. I bought a yellow one last fall, turned out to be purple like yours now. But it doesn't relly matter, I like them anyway. Amazing how they seems to fit in everywhere / gittan

  12. I love foxgloves too. They do seem to be plants you can invite but not possess though. Or indeed, just have visit you uninvited!

  13. I have quite a few I started from seeds in Dec. the plants looks great, no blooms, maybe next year. Hope they looks like yours.

  14. Okay, I'm 100% sold. I'm off to my local garden center this morning in search of foxglove. Apparently, it grows tall but doesn't need staking. Is that right? I always shy away from anything that needs staking. Call me lazy. Your yard looks beautiful.

  15. can you feel the foxglove envy! Love them but they don't love c&l! gail

  16. I love foxgloves, so I really enjoyed your post. I think I need to get some for my garden . . . .

  17. Thank you everyone for your nice comments! I am always glad to hear from you. Since we are leaving for a short trip today, let me just answer the questions. Foxglove is biannual, so it won't bloom the first year. It doesn't need staking! My neighbor told me once that she spread some foxglove seeds around several years ago. Maybe, this is how they got into my yard. But actually, they grow in the woods here, in the open places where they can get some sun. I see them along the trail where I walk with my dog. I noticed that foxgloves don't like to be moved. Every time I move a seedling or a young plant, their growth slows down and they look puny. So, I just leave them where they are and remove unwanted extra plants. They grow well in different types of soil, even in poor soil that haven't been loosen up. I'll try to collect some seeds and share with you at the end of the season.
    Again, I loved to hear from you, thank you!

  18. Happy bloom day! Yes, I must agree with you, foxglove is a great plant. Mine need a little staking, probably they live to far in the shade, but they're still stunning, and the white lights up the shade.

  19. Tatyana your foxgloves are something else.

    I remember the post back in March.

    Your garden's looking good.


  20. I love my foxgloves also. I just wish they would be better, or at all, spreading themselves around my garden.

  21. Great pictures-I am totally picturing the foxglove animatedly picking its leaves up and following you around the garden for all of these shots-"Okay, now one over by the house, now next to the gate, oh, and one in the vegetable garden..." LOL. You're right though, it does look good everywhere!

    I love your puppy/poppy picture-too cute!

  22. I'm so glad I stopped by on the day you posted foxgloves. I love them but they are difficult to grow in my zone 4, often droughty garden. I have a few that returned this spring and will plant lots and lots of seed so a few more come back. Yours are amazing. How I envy you.

  23. They look delightful and so does your garden.

  24. Tatyana,
    I too have volunteer Foxglove and adore them. Not as many as you have however... but the one standing alone is a mirror to mine. They love good drainage so you must have that and perhaps birds who love to plant the seeds around? Lovely post of how they are growing all around your fabulous gardens. Carol

  25. Your garden looks magnificent. Wonderful photos too. I agree foxglove looks wonderful everywhere and with everything -- you can't have too much!

  26. I wish it liked to self seed here. Too hot. I've grown it a few times, but it doesn't truly want to live in Oklahoma. :) Yours is beautiful.~~Dee

  27. I love foxgloves too! I also enjoyed your photos of Butchart Gardens.

  28. You are certainly making the most out of your visitor!

  29. So beautiful! Sorry for the comment but I've been away from blogging for a few days. I've got 4 foxgloves that I planted this year. I plant them every year since they don't seem to grow back like they should. I let them seed but they never come back up. I end up treating them like annuals. I wish I knew what I was doing wrong. -Jackie

  30. Stunning! I'm new to your blog, so if that is your yard and garden you are showing in your pictures...WOW! Very beautiful and showy! I agree, the Foxglove is elegant and stately!

  31. Oh you are so lucky they chose your garden to grow in Tatyana. I think they look good in every manner and surrounding too (just like you showcased). I wish they would decide they like my garden. I'd love to have some of those gorgeous pink spires towering over my beds. Enjoy foxglove season for all of us that struggle with this beautiful plant.

  32. Didn't realize foxgloves were so tall and pretty.
    Can you tell I have none.

  33. I only have a giant yellow foxglove (Digitalis grandiflora) and I'm amazed that it does well, because previous attempts at growing them haven't gone so well.

    Yours is absolutely beautiful!

  34. I love foxgloves too and grow as many varieties as I can, but the white and purple ones come up trumps with self seeding and hardiness

  35. At the moment I don't have one in my garden. It died recently. I need to get more. Yours make me drool on the keyboard.

  36. I learned about them not liking to be transplanted the hard I saw a really cute smaller variety in a soft yellow at the nurery not long ago. This post is adorable with your story and pictures, Tatyana!

  37. A lovely tribute to foxglove, which I've never been able to grow in my garden. Loved looking at yours! ~~Rhonda

  38. Tatyana,
    I think Foxgloves are very exotic if you look closely at those little flowers on them. planted a couple last year and they have returned.(yay!) Your post reminded me of a Dr. Seuss Book. Kept me intrigued! Thanks

  39. I am back from my mini-vacation and so glad to see your comments!We were in western Washington and saw hundreds wild foxgloves growing along the road. Most of them were purple and white. I'll unpack the bags and visit your blogs. Thank you so much for looking at my pictures and telling about your own gardens!

  40. AnonymousJune 25, 2009

    Your foxgloves are fabulous! I recently planted one, and this is my first ever. It's small, but gorgeous, so I can't figure out why I never grew them before! I just use plain old dish soap to kill off my Japanese beetles, but they are coming so fast and furious that I'm not entirely sure that I can win this battle! Help!

  41. Hello Tatyana;

    On my last visit to Seattle I headed NW to see the big forests and check out Bainbridge Island. Along the way I saw patches of foxglove and thought they were planted during the height of the Lady Bird Johnson highway beautification days. When I stopped for gas, people laughed and told me the plants had self seeded and were wild. At 8-9 feet tall I was amazed.

    Here in Vermont I have some that seem to keep going but never the masses I saw out your way.

    George Africa
    The Vermont Gardener
    Vermont Flower Farm


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