A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.
The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.
There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly, that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an impression of beauty and delight.
The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.
9 thoughts on “This Spot Of Ground”
This has been my experience!
Love your photo, Stacey.
I keep trying to grow Foxgloves, but zone 4 is just too cold. I’ve had some luck with a few mild winters….but I just keep trying!
Thank you Eliza!
Would overwintering in the greenhouse work? Of course, this isn’t a classic foxglove, but Rusty Foxglove (Digitalis ferruginea) is hardy to zone 4a-b.
Well-said, Gertrude Jekyll! I don’t think I’ve ever seen foxglove in a container; it was lovely.
She was a wise and interesting woman! I can’t really grow Foxgloves in my zone 4 garden, but I keep trying because I just love them!
Beautiful: Photo and words.
She is a very interesting woman that Ms Jekyll!
What an interesting quote from Ms Jekyll. On first view I didn’t register that your foxglove was in a pot as I am used to seeing them all over. From the comments I see it is an achievement in your zone. It sure looks lovely against the painted wooden building.
In the many years before I had this garden, I would pour over gardening magazines and books, I was completely taken with a cottage garden look and so many times Foxgloves were growing in those gardens that I wished to have. I have not given up on having Foxgloves, even if I have to purchase new plants each year!