Same dragon, different day.

These foxgloves, which are perennials, always bloom just after Summer Solstice. They're on the north side of the house, which gets diffuse light. Their color amidst the green of the other plants and the blue of the house just delights me. The blood-red lilies below bloomed on Saturday, not long after a rare, soaking summer rainstorm. They were a complete surprise.

12 thoughts on “Monday’s gifts

  1. Joan says:

    The foxglove is gorgeous!


  2. Laurie says:

    So pretty! Although I have to admit, I cannot look at foxgloves without thinking, “digitalis” – it’s all those mysteries I read lol! Thanks for sharing!
    🙂 L


  3. Lana says:

    They are beautiful. I love the red ones.


  4. Stephanie says:


    Beautiful pics, Wren. Those foxgloves make me happy 🙂


  5. Laurie says:

    It’s derived from foxgloves…sinister, no? Who knows what that Wren gets up to when she’s not posting…hahahah! (Just kidding!)


  6. I’m telling you, Wren, you missed your calling. Drop what your doing and superglue that camera of yours to your eye (when you are done, I’ll remove the glue in my ER!). Pics are awesome!


  7. Mary says:

    The red lillies are fantastic!!


  8. Lene says:

    Beautiful! I love foxgloves and especially in that colour – thanks for the visual feast.


  9. WarmSocks says:

    Beautiful pix! Thanks so much for sharing these. Like Laurie, I think of digitalis when I see foxglove. It’s one of my favorite flowers, but I’ve never included it in my landscape (too many years of having babies who might eat the plants).


  10. Wren says:

    WarmSocks: Do you know I first came to love foxglove when I saw great tall spears of it growing wild in woods-bordered-fields near Lacy, Washington.

    I always associate them with digitalis, as well. Too many Victorian mysteries in my youth. 😉

    Everybody: Digitalis, for those of you who don’t know, is a susbstance derived from the leaves, stalks and flowers of certain varieties of the foxglove, like the one pictured. It’s the common foxglove (digitalis purpurea). Digitalis is, however, a deadly toxin. In tiny quantities it can be and is used in drugs that help to regulate the human heartbeat. In the olden days, it was used by doctors to help their heart patients. Murderers used it to get rid of annoying, snoopy old aunties.


  11. Lana says:

    I am sorry that you feeling so stiff and achy. I am dealing with my own stiffness and achiness today as well. RA is all about frustration Wren and often times, we have to continue on. We can’t break and we can never really plan for the next flare up. I know that it is hard when you see a sink full of dishes or piles of paperwork to do and you move no matter how much it hurts. I know because that has become the norm in my life. Often, when I have good days, I go out and enjoy them instead of staying home and trying to clean and do stuff that I do even when I feel like crap. Life is too short. RA teaches us the true meaning of grateful but it does not mean we don’t get to mourn sometimes. I hope you feel better soon and I am glad that putting these feelings in writing helped you.

    BTW – I love the changes to your blog.


  12. Lana says:

    Sorry Wren, this went to the wrong post. I will put it in the right place if you want to delete these.


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