Well even though I did get some cards made yesterday, I really can't show them to you yet, so: More Garden Pics! I also worked on my purses yesterday, and was completely finished with my last one and was so proud and happy with myself, only to discover that I had sewn the handle wrong. Oh My Goodness, did my heart sink! How could I have made such a stupid mistake and not even notice it until I was done with the entire purse! So I had to rip the entire purse apart and start over. UGH! Hopefully I'll be able to fix my mistake today and show you the purses tomorrow. They really are quite cute.
Today's featured plant is the Foxglove. Foxgloves are Biennials: they only bloom every other year. The first year you only get green growth. The second year they bloom into these beautiful tall spires. After they bloom, they die. If you want Foxgloves blooming every year, you have to have both first and second year plants. Its always a surprise to me how many Foxgloves I will have blooming in my garden that year. This year, I have a ton, and they are Gorgeous! They are such a easy plant to grow if they like where you put them. Mine love my Southeast garden. They get just the right amount of sun/shade that they like, and they appear to have naturalized there all by themselves....and I let them. Why not? They look beautiful! I never cut them down after they are blooming. They must go to seed if you want them to naturalize and start new plants. I check if they have went to seed by shaking their stems. If I hear a lot of rattling, I know they are reading and then I just shake the plant and out spill all the seeds. Sometimes I'll just cut the stem and carry it to another part of my garden and sprinkle the seeds where I hope new baby Foxgloves will grow. That's all you have to do: sprinkle. No digging little holes, or raking the soil....just sprinkle. Isn't that easy?
Here is both a far away shot of my garden showing all the Foxglove in bloom, and a close-up of the purple Foxglove.