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Foxgloves

May 28, 2015

Foxglove growing in an alley near our house

Foxglove growing in an alley near our house

‘There’s a foxglove, foxglove in my pansy patch,’ I sing,
‘Decked so brightly by the rain, there never was its match.
It is made of velvet petals, russet blots and lovely smells,
And the wind he is the ringer for its peal of bells.'”
— Esther Freud, Mr. Mac and Me

Watercolor sketch of foxglove

Watercolor sketch of foxglove

 

Zinnia, J Foss Garden Flowers

Zinnia, J Foss Garden Flowers

I took advantage of the lingering sunny summer weather to take a drive south to J Foss Garden Flowers of Chehalis.  I met Janet a couple of years ago and had dreamed of someday wandering her flower fields with camera in hand.  This has been an unusually dry summer, and that presented challenges this year for flower growers.  But farming is like that.  I saw much beauty in the flower beds on Janet’s farm.  I think you will agree.

Delphiniums in the greenhouse

Delphiniums in the greenhouse

Delphinium shadows

Delphinium shadows

Clear blue delphinium

Clear blue delphinium

Zinnia bed

Zinnia bed

Zinnea

Zinnea

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Limonium latifolium hybrid

Limonium latifolium hybrid

Clematis

Clematis

Clematis

Clematis

Clematis

Clematis

Celosia cristata 'Cockscomb'

Celosia cristata ‘Cockscomb’

Brain-like cockscomb

Brain-like cockscomb

Boltonia 'Lime Dot'

Boltonia ‘Lime Dot’

Foxglove

Foxglove

Foxglove

Foxglove

Cosmos

Cosmos

Achillea millefolium terracotta

Achillea millefolium terracotta

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums

J Foss Garden Flowers

J Foss Garden Flowers

Van loaded with cut flowers, ready for the market

Van loaded with cut flowers, ready for the market

 

 

 

 

 

 

“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony,
and the deep power of joy,
we see into the heart of things . . .”
— William Wordsworth, “Tintern Abbey”

Foxglove

Foxglove

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The Spirit of the Foxglove

August 19, 2013

Foxglove at Molbak's Nursery

Foxglove at Molbak’s Nursery

Foxglove, Molbaks

Foxglove, Molbaks“The foxglove bloom, all those bruised openings . . .”
— Barbara Daniels, from “Foxgloves”

“It is impossible to resist the spirit of the foxglove; its whole expression is one of aspiration.  Every one who has the rudiments of an imagination in him thinks at once of church towers and bells.”
—  Prof. F. A. Waugh, from “Little Monographs” for the “Garden Magazine”

Watercolor sketch of foxglove flowers

Watercolor sketch of foxglove flowers

 

 

A Chaos of Beauty

June 28, 2012

“What a chaos of beauty there is upon a June morning.”
— Louise Beebe Wilder, Colour in My Garden

And here are a few snapshots taken out of the chaos of color and beauty in Seattle right now:

Diaphanous pink Shirley poppy and bud

Pink Shirley poppies

White love-in-a-mist

Blue love-in-a-mist

Globes of allium

Allium

Clematis (I think?)

Foxglove

Foxglove and window curtains

Finger-sized foxglove blooms

Foxglove arrangement

“Though the corolla dangles upside down,
Nothing ever falls out, neither nectar
Nor loosening pollen grains: a thimble
Stall for the little finger and the bee.”
— Michael Longley, from “Botany”

The foxgloves are blooming.  They are rather difficult to photograph because they are so tall and I can’t frame the whole flower in my shot and still show the detail I want.  I also find them incredibly difficult to paint. . . but I try, and try again.

Foxglove in the morning light

Glowing like a miniature lantern

Foxglove with posterized effect. This helped me to simplify the flower for painting.

Foxglove with posterized effect

They’d make scratchy thimbles!

Watercolor sketch of foxglove blossoms

Another watercolor sketch of foxglove — I’m getting closer to the kind of painting I want!