Foxglove Surprise

Gardens often hold secrets. I purchased a small foxglove plant May, 2013. Although it did not bloom as promised that year, the following year it had two beautiful spikes.

May 8, 2012. Newly planted Digitalis purpurea ‘Pam’s Choice’

Following year. May 17, 2014. Digitalis purpurea ‘Pam’s Choice’ (Pam’s Choice Foxglove)

Fast forward seven years. This month I have been guarding a foxglove that appeared unexpectedly, scratching my head as to where it came from. It began opening 3 days ago.

May 23, 2021. Digitalis purpurea ‘Pam’s Choice

May 23, 2021. Digitalis purpurea ‘Pam’s Choice

When I could finally look inside I was able to match it to that long-forgotten one, Digitalis purpurea ‘Pam’s Choice’, back for a visit long overdue.

May 23, 2021. Digitalis purpurea ‘Pam’s Choice

Water drops always make flowers even more intriguing. Sadly these are from my hand watering the garden yesterday. No rain to speak of for two months.)

May 23, 2021. Digitalis purpurea ‘Pam’s Choice’


12 thoughts on “Foxglove Surprise

  1. Cathy

    I keep reading about plants turning up after years of absence and have myself noticed this happening… first with an Astrantia and then my Camassias! It is such a pretty flower, so glad it came back to say hello again!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      How lucky to have those two return to your garden! I was happy to see the foxglove because I’ve had so much trouble keeping them.

  2. theshrubqueen

    Love it, did the blog help narrow the date? I am finding this happens a lot, when did I do this or that. And there it is on the blog. Lovely she returned for you after a long absence…any reason you can suss out?

  3. Pauline

    How wonderful that your seeds decided to grow once more. Foxglove seed can lie dormant for many years until the circumstances are just right for them to germinate once more, it was obviously biding its time.


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