As all gardeners know, that adage does not just apply to real estate. After many frustrating years of attempts & losses, I think I've finally found the "sweet spot" for growing foxgloves in my garden! Those of you who also struggle with this feat know exactly the elation I am feeling. In this garden I trapped my own self in a "box" ~ stubbornly insisting on planting them over and over again in the same location. Finally, last year I changed tactics and wised up. It shouldn't have taken me that long ~ how many times do they have to die before the picture is gotten?!! Anyway, a different site was selected, one that's a LOT more protected from those horrible, desiccating, winter winds. Could it be that easy?? It seems so because the reward of shifting mindsets is Digitalis x mertonensis (aka the Strawberry Foxglove) overwintered & blooming:
Oh, the rapture. Those crushed berry blooms have made my heart race for too many years to count. I wish I knew how many dollars I've spent buying new plants only to fail (wait, NO, I do not want that information!)
So far, only one bloom stalk but hey, it's a start ~ and one more than I've ever gotten before!
Guess what else likes the same piece of real estate? See the spike on the left side of mertonensis ~ another overwintering success ~ Primula vialii:
That's extra special considering we had minus 18 temps last winter!
Back to the foxgloves tho, I'm feeling so optimistic about growing them now, I've splurged again on another D. purpurea (excelsior hybrid):
I hope they all seed like crazy and create for me the swath of pink towers I'd almost relegated to dreams.
Despite all the failures, I haven't been a complete flop with this family, I have had ONE success ~ D. grandiflora:
It doesn't seem to have the exacting requirements as other family members, happily flourishing for four years on the north side of my house. Figure that out???
Veering away from foxgloves, another plant that responds to a change in venue is my clivia. The past two summers, upon being moved outdoors, it has immediately sent up a bloom stalk. Maybe the cooler night temperatures???
Whatever the cause, the vibrant pop of color right outside my back door is very welcome. It's really sets the tone when you step outdoors (and the hot color matchs the almost 100 degree heat we're suddenly experiencing too.)
A final photo, nothing to do with location or foxgloves, the 'Phantom' petunia/'Mocha Latte' container:
I keep thinking it needs a pop of something but I can't decide what?? Any suggestions?