Saturday, June 20, 2009

Foxglove




According to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension, "The name foxglove is from the old English name "foxes glofa." It comes from an old myth that foxes must have used the flowers to magically sheath their paws as they stealthily made their nocturnal raids into the poultry yards of rural folk. The association is natural for the foxgloves grew on the wooded hillside slopes that foxes chose for their dens."

12 comments:

Dawn said...

Mine are up, too...although they have been considerably lessened by the addition of the dawdi. More next year!
I'm throwing the seed everywhere when these are finished blooming.
I love, love, love foxglove!
Interesting story behind them.
Stay dry this weekend.
Hrumph!!!

Suzanne said...

I adore foxglove and don't have any in my garden, so I'm so happy to see it on your blog.Absolutely beautiful colors!

vintage at heart said...

I love this post!!! Your garden vignette with the headboard??? is so perfect!!! What beautiful healthy flowers you grow!! Love your post below with the flower baskets too.. what a wonderful idea!!! Those grandbabies>> are getting big, growing like weeds!! Have a Blessed weekend!!

Darla said...

Very pretty and with some interesting info too.

Sonia said...

Mine have already bloomed for this year and I just love them. Your pictures are beautiful and foxgloves are just the prettiest flower in the garden! Thanks for sharing. Miss Bloomers/Sonia

Heather said...

i don't think i've ever seen those before. what an interesting story as to how they came about their name too! very pretty and different looking.

Teresa said...

Don't you just love foxgloves? They are the super-star in any garden. Always one of my favs.

Zoey said...

Oh, Wow, yours are blooming already?

Mine are not showing any signs of a bloom. I am still hopeful because I am way behind the rest of the country.

Yours are beautiful!

Kelli said...

Just beautiful! One of my favorite flowers. I will have to plant one next year. :0)
~Kelli

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

I LOVE foxgloves...they are my very favorite flower! Your's are really pretty! Thanks for the background info...very interesting! Susan

Susan said...

Beautiful foxglove- I have one my MIL bought me last year. It was in bloom when she bought it...now this year it is barely growing- forget about blooms. Can you give me some advice on how to properly grow them?

sandryplainandsimple said...

I have never seen these before. They are beautiful! Maybe they are called foxglove because it looks like tiny paw prints inside each flower? They are exquisite!