I know we’re nearing the end of summer but as I harvest flowers and vegetables (mostly oh so many tomatoes – 14 large ones and over 40 cherries yesterday alone) and still a few ever-bearing strawberries, I think back to the beginning of the season when a few spectacular flowers appeared in my gardens for the first time. Namely, the 6+ foot high foxgloves were stunningly beautiful for several weeks. These are growing in GPN’s Compost mixed with Pumice, and our All Purpose Potting Soil.(The snap dragons in the forefront above were also planted in summer 2012 and to my surprise stayed green over the winter, magnificently blooming again this year. Wow! I thought snap dragons were annuals.)I started the foxgloves from seed in spring 2012, planted them and watched their leaves grow thickly into the fall, then the plants went dormant through the winter. Over the winter I forgot all about them. Foxgloves have an unusual biennial blooming pattern, which means they only bloom every two years. Not being quite so patient as to want to wait two years for the next round, I have already seeded another batch so I will have more blooms next spring. I absolutely want to have these gorgeous and inspiring flowers come around every year! It’s not too late to get some starts into the ground this the fall.
I’ve lived where foxgloves grow wild in northwestern Washington and they aren’t quite prized like they are here where the price of one plant is $7.99 and up. They also grow on the hillsides along the central Oregon coast, where I first grew interested in them.
I’m tossing in an additional spring surprise into the mix here….a lovely all white bearded iris. I picked up a few “freebie” irises at the local extension office pile of donation plants and hoped for the best. I was kind of hoping for a dark purple or any shade of purple, but I’ll definitely take this one and look forward to seeing it bloom next year!By Linda Brown, General Manager, Green Planet Naturals