I’ve always been fond of foxgloves. As a child I grew up in a city and on occasions when we left the concrete and drove into the countryside in summer, foxgloves seemed to bloom on the verges and looked so exotic and wild compared to the well manicured plants my dad grew. I was also entranced-still am-by the way bees can disappear completely inside the bells, and reappear covered in pollen. As for the name, how irresistible is the idea of a fox wearing gloves made of flower petals?
Since I have had gardens of my own I’ve grown foxgloves. The white ones in the top picture I bought as a plant-it’s Digitalis purpurea “Albiflora” and the tallest flower spike is now about 7 feet tall. The lower picture is of the charmingly named Digitalis purpurea “Camelot Cream.” I can just imagine Guinevere enjoying this.