Foxgloves

Foxgloves

Long before this garden existed, I planned it.

I have piles of garden books, magazines, and binders of torn out articles and images.

Don’t judge, it’s my ‘thing’!

A favorite magazine of mine was Victoria, the original one.

It was always filled with flowers, gardens, and destinations outside the snowy,

flat farmlands of Minnesota.

It was in those pages that I fell in love with cottage gardens, french ‘potagers’,

lavender fields, stone pathways,

and foxgloves.

This image is proof that I successfully grew the beautiful foxgloves.

I started from seed in the little greenhouse, moved to the garden and tended those seedlings to these spectacular spikes.

Foxgloves don’t really grow in zone 4, but that mild spring they did.

One of these growing seasons, I’ll try it again.

19 thoughts on “Foxgloves

      1. Where are you? You must be very north. I won’t know what of mine made it through the winter for several more weeks. Maybe longer. I hope you have fun with your seedlings, meanwhile.

  1. Even in our heat-lamp of a Southern California climate foxglove does well. It’s a favorite of mine because I always think of my grandmother’s garden. My mom still has some and it evokes such happy memories. She planned her cottage garden with a lot of inspiration from the early Victoria magazines, too!

  2. They are all like mini children I think. I love cottage gardens- I’ve got little hollyhocks and echinacea’s I started in January perking right along. Happy spring… if I haven’t said that already:)

  3. I relate to your line about the stacks of magazines, books, picture clips and binders that you collected while planning your garden. I’m in the middle of the process right now. It’s so exciting and so overwhelming.

  4. Sigh, to have an English brambling garden full of foxglove was a dream I cultivated over several years too. Even in the spring, when signs of growth would appear and get my hopes up, they’d meet their demise in a late season frost. Tender hearts were not meant to plant these elusive beauties. Congratulations on your success that year. I might try again now that we’re in the city, perhaps next to the garage that gets late day sun but not much wind. We sold them at the green house I worked at, so I’d get 5 every year that were near blooming, plant out in mid June and marvel at their beauty till mid July. An expensive endeavour but I worked for plants there and not a paycheque….gads, the great car loads come home with me, ha! x K

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