They grow wild here on our West Coast. Flinging themselves with outrageous abandon along side country roads and busy highways. They cover hillsides with their brilliant colours. Magnificent spires of unbelievable beauty. The fabulous. The fantastic. The outrageous too-good-to-be-true Foxglove.
They grow tame in my garden. No wild adventure for these towering, glorious foxgloves. Imperiously they rule my spring garden. High and haughty above cornflowers and poppies. Ignoring purple irises and pansies. Tall and slender they weave back and forth waltzing to the slightest breeze.
It’s early morning. The dew caught like diamonds in spider webs woven across the lawn. I have a deep bucket filled with warm water. I cut and strip the lower leave from the foxgloves, and immediately dunk them in the bucket. I let the foxgloves drowse away the morning hours in the cool, dark boot room. The plants are slightly toxic so I wash my hands after handling them.
A stunning bouquet of foxgloves. A spectacular statement of our connection to all things green and growing This bringing the outdoors into your home is a simple pleasure. Isn’t that what life should be about?
DIGITALIS PURPUREA (aka foxgloves) have a vase life of up to 2 weeks. Florists supply you with a sachet of plant food. It is easy to make up your own plant food.
1 quart of water, 2 tablespoon vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar and three or four drops of bleach. Give it a stir before adding the flowers. The bleach and vinegar reduce the chance of bacteria multiplying. Bacteria cause stems to be become slimy and turn the water cloudy. The sugar acts food for the flowers.