It's one plant I have never seen growing in a garden in Texas. Many years ago I bought a packet of allium bulbs. They were purple and looked quite large on the packet. They were no bigger than a nickle when they flowered.......one time and never to be seen again. I think they may have been drumstick alliums but they were too tiny to appreciate their blooms.
So when a gardening friend gave me some multiplying onions and they went to flower I thought to myself that they would look very attractive in the garden. And so they do. And the red admiral butterflies adore the flowers. And they come back year after year. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with white.
That's what I was saying when the first of my foxgloves started to open. A look of disappointment did pass across my face. I had picked up 6, 6" pots at my local nursery in January. I potted them up and actually took them over to my neighbors house to care for them while we were gone for the month of February. One thing an English girl has to have is her foxgloves.
But as the week wore on the flowers began to take on more of a pink tinge and today they are feeling extremely at home in the rain.
They have a little more pink in them than the flowers we call 'foxgloves' in Texas. That is the Penstemon cobaea, which I also have in my garden. You can see the resemblance.
I'm hoping there may be a diversity of color in the other 5 of my plants. Maybe something like this wild foxglove growing in a hedgerow in England.
The great thing about foxgloves is that for me they flower after all the bluebonnets and other early wildflowers have faded and they go on flowering well into May, sending up many bloom stalks on the one plant. They are well worth the effort of finding those 4" pots in the late winter.
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