Digitalis and roses, a wonderful combination. The colours harmonize and the ascending growth of the foxglove creates a nice vertical contrast. Perfect.
Nothing to complain Hetty, or?
Look, the digitalis in my garden are growing higher and higher. Even up to two meters in length. In top the flowers bloom, halfway the seedpods arise. It seems as if the digitalis look down on the roses from their great height. And so the harmony has gone.
What to do? Cut back and discard them? Cut back and put the flowers in a vase? These are two options, but there is a third one...
To bring back the harmony between the roses and the digitalis, I use the following trick. I cut back the digitalis stems to 50 cm above the ground. Next I place a bottle of water next to the plant and put the digitalis flower in. As I told you in a earlier blog, I fixed all the digitalis plants with a stick. So now I tie the flower to this stick. As a result, both the bottle and the digitalis cannot fall over. By this “cut back”, the digitalis is shortened half a meter and at the level of the roses again.
By the way Digitalis is doing great in the bottle. Of course you should occasionally check whether there is still enough water in it!
During the open garden days, only one visitor saw a bottle in the border. She did not make the link with the digitalis. Apparently it is totally inconspicuous.
Because I have many digitalis plants this year, I need a lot of bottles. Consequently my husband and I have to drink a lot of wine.
A small sacrifice we are most willing to make for the garden!
Look how tall they grow .
Cut back the stem and place it in a bottle.
Tie the stem to a stick
The garden is in harmony again.
Bumblebees like foxgloves too!