I am Captivated and Entranced with Foxglove , also known as Witches Thimbles! What is it about them that speaks to me? I loved them growing up, they seemed to be magical in some way and they emit such soft, quiet beauty!
They are a must-have for me! I think massive rows and rows of them are stunning! If you have the space, a nice flock of Foxglove is a divine sight to behold!
I love everything about Foxglove, even it's name! What's in a name? Well, maybe not much, but I do think it can definately draw you in, can spark a bit of magic and weave a tale or two!
Foxglove has a wonderful staying power! Well, at least for me it does. It has a long blooming period and is content, pretty quiet and doesn't seem to need much care. It also is totally self-sufficient and stays in bloom for a good few weeks. Long blooms are always a good thing!
There is a special designated space in my garden dedicated to these Charming Freckle-faced Witches and Phantom Foxes..(gloves and all..thimbles and all...metaphors and all)..and they are most welcome to build a Kingdom and expand their vision as far as I am concerned!
My sister, who lives a few hours away from me, has the most beautiful variety I have seen, in her garden. I cannot recall the name in the moment, but it is so gorgeous! It even is a bit furry upon looking closer. It's large blooms have a unique Apricot Hue..just gorgeous! It feels soft to the touch, like it is full of tiny hairs or feathery skin! She has generously promised some to me ..so I cannot wait to welcome this newest member in! And if you are reading this Sis, you are quite welcome to any of mine too!
True Dilemna? or Just "Fuss-Nonsense"...Please Tell Me If you Know !
I have to admit I am not always quite sure what to do with Foxgloves after they bloom! So many different references suggest different things. If you want rebloom.. cut down the stem. Others say, don't allow it to go to seed etc..some say "Leave it"..some say: "cut down the middle stem for rebloom." Hmmm!
What has worked for you? I'd love to hear about your Foxglove adventures!
One thing I do know, is that this Foxglove Family never disappoints me. Their Energy and Spirit is strong and tall and Explodes in Beauty.
Foxglove is an Option for Shade Gardeners:
The other wonderfully awesome feature that Foxglove does offer..is that if you have shady areas that you cannot get away from and don't know what to plant (and crave flowers)..Foxglove is the answer. It will grow easily and joyfully and proudly.
And if you are one who feels the dilemna of shady spaces..it is like bringing the Sun back in the dark..with loads of color, speckles and character!
I love foxglove..always will. I will never tire of these beautiful souls and they can decorate my shady spaces (and even the sunny ones) forevermore.
I feel part Good-Witch, part Clever Fox..so they perhaps fit right in with my little Magical Gardenscape! Perhaps I have Foxglove Spirit within me and that is why they dazzle me so!
How about you? Do you have the Heart of a Witch and cleverness of the Wise Fox?
How I love their sweet speckled faces and how I miss them all winter long !
Soon though, while the ground fills with snow..I know there will be Foxgloves green and growing beneath and waiting for spring. My little flower-spirits, I patiently await another summer filled with your radiant whimsy.
I hope you enjoyed my dedication to this beautiful flower family.
A Spark of Joyful Blessings from the Foxglove Kingdom and I send Bright Wishes to all the Good Witches out there with Freckled Thimbles, Hearts of Gold and Foxglove Charm.
Kiki~ Awake with Charm and Spirit