4.6.12

Foxglove time!











Ireland's most spectacular wild flower is blooming prolifically on the lane today. The Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, An Lus Mór, reaching up to 150 cm high and hosting up to 75 individual flowers on each stem is everywhere.

I remember so well as a child putting the little flowers on each finger as faery hats or fancy thimbles and the sight of them still has a magical effect today. Although I am drawn to them it is almost impossible to do them justice in my photographs. But who cares, it is sheer bliss just to be amongst them, and I will keep trying!



24 comments:

  1. I immediately thought to myself Foxgloves remind me so much of my childhood but had totally forgotten about how one used to put the flowers on each finger. Thanks for the reminder! I feel like I'm 12 again.

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  2. So many foxgloves your photos are beautiful. I don't remember seeing many foxgloves as a child, I missed out playing with them.
    Sarah

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  3. Your photos are wonderful - foxgloves do have a magical air about them... especially fields full of wild ones.

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  4. I'm not seeing the pics... Did you include some pictures?

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    1. Maybe your device is running a bit slow? Try waiting a bit longer for the pics to load? They are there alright:~)

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    2. Just found a loop hole and now problem fixed......hope you see this....

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  5. ?? pictures are all present and looking lovely.

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  6. I am jealous! Foxglove don't grow wild here. If I want some in my garden I have to spend $10- $15 on a pot of them or buy some seed. I think I'll end up having to try growing them from seed and be patient until they get big enough to blossom - - in a couple of years?!

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    1. They seem to flower in the second year and then will self seed if they get the opportunity.....

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    2. Friday, June 8th, my husband and I celebrated our 21st anniversary. In our rambling about we stopped at WalMart for a few things (So" romantic"). I admired the Foxglove in the store nursery and my Husband got me some to plant in the garden ( now that IS sweet and romantic). God Bless my Husband and God Bless the Foxglove may it grow and thrive and be beautiful in my front yard! Amen

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  7. What a sight to see them growing wild. Beautiful photos as always.

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  8. I remember seeing these growing around Ireland when I visited...the purple is so stunning and more so than mine that are growing in the garden now....gorgeous!

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  9. They remind me of British hedgerows where they would grow and self seed prolifically. I enjoy them now in my Seattle garden - as do the bees and hummingbirds.

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  10. The foxgloves are so lovely. I can only imagine the feeling of standing in a field of wild ones. I have one poor little frail thing that came from out of nowhere. Maybe a passing bird from Ireland!..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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  11. They are glorious wild-flowers and delightfully shot. It occurred to me that it was good that wore them on your fingers - eating them might have meant one super blogger less.

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  12. The foxglove are beautiful. I have never got them to grow here on the shores of Lake Michigan in USA. Don't know why, just don't seem to do well for me. Glad to see them posted today. I just posted a number of photos from May so things are starting to bloom, and June should be really nice. Jack

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  13. Finest foxglove portraits ever seen by ME. I love them too, and I have a secret plan to collect some seed from the ones in a wilderness park soon....

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  14. They are gorgeous! I can't even imagine how beautiful it must be to have them growing wild all around you!

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  15. yes you've captured the purpurea near perfectly. Love the tall narrow spires of the wild digitalis. Foxes put the blooms on their feet so they can creep up on the chicken house ;)

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    1. Thank you and you have just reminded me of that connection, I guess that's where the name comes from? Those Foxes certainly like their style!

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  16. so pretty! they look almost unreal, so bold and soft at the same time. lovely! thank you for sharing.

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  17. These are beautiful! I love them all - especially the 2nd and 3rd ones. Wonderful colors and depth of field.

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  18. Your photos are absolutely beautiful. I am in awe of how you captured light and shadows to show off Ireland's wildflowers at their finest. You brought back fond memories of playing with fairy thimbles as a child.

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  19. I love foxgloves both growing wild and in the garden. Your softer climate brings them earlier than we get them here, there are spires of tight buds but no flowers so far - that pleasure is still to come.

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