Tuesday, April 6, 2010


I may have lots of native Texas flowers growing in my garden but there is one European flower I can't resist having. The foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. The tall spikes with their tubular flowers were always in my fairy stories, which I read as a child. They are the quintessential English cottage garden flower.

I have tried to grow these flowers and have been successful in growing them through the first year of their biennial life. Last year I had gorgeous rosettes of green leaves but never a single bloom.

I have given up on growing them but couldn't resist this plant. An impulse buy.


  1. I didn't think foxgloves would grow here. I'm impressed. They are one of my favorite flowers to visit when I'm in England. Sorry I missed it last Saturday. Well, Cambridge won so congrats.

  2. They don't like it here really.If the conditions are just perfect then bingo, but that doesn't happen very often. Yes, the race was a good one and the outcome a happy one for us.

  3. Love that foxglove, Jenny. And I love the combination of it with the columbine,too. You garden is amazing, as always.

  4. Buying a memory is what I did last spring, Jenny - saw delphinium in bud and also could not resist bringing it home.

    Your foxglove may be short lived but what a cool effect!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose