Foxgloves and Lavender

Spikes of foxglove flowers stand waving around in front of an English lavender bush.

There are lots of foxgloves of different types in the garden – this variety is particularly interesting as the flower buds are a creamy-white but they open up as light pink!  Foxgloves are so valuable as a garden plant as they self-seed prolifically, are extremely attractive to bees, and also stand up very well to the strong winds we get here.

Lavender, of course, has a wonderful scent and is also extremely attractive to bees.

8 thoughts on “Foxgloves and Lavender

    1. Foxgloves are new to me as a gardener – this is the first time I have ever had them. They appeared in the garden when we moved in two years ago, and they subsequently appear all around the garden each Summer. They seem to thrive in very hot drought conditions (like last year) and they are also thriving in this Summer’s cold and wet conditions. I’m still getting to know them!

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    1. Hi, Margaret. Yes – I think if I let them they would take over the garden – they self-seed so freely and easily! Apparently the name was taken partly from a chap called Leonhard Fuchs in the 16th century whose surname translates as ‘fox’ in English. The plant ‘fuschia’ is named after him also. The gloves bit comes from the Latin ‘digitalis’ referring to the shape of the flowers, and fingers being able to fit inside them.

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