Star of the Garden – June

For this month’s star of the garden I would like to nominate this foxglove, also known as digitalis purpurea.

Foxglove Digitalis Purpurea Victorian Garden Horticulture Stewart Park Middlesbrough

I remember seeing these as a child when my friend and I used to go beck jumping on a weekend at Sandy Flats near Saltersgill. I loved to watch the bees finding their way in and bumbling about inside. These plants, I’m proud to say, came from seed collected from a lovely foxy in my garden. Why not plant them this year to flower next year? They’re a great plant for cottage gardens and wildlife areas. Grow them for the bees as they need all the help they can get!

Related posts: Star of the Garden – MayStar of the Garden – MarchStar of the Garden – February.

A Fish Called Wanda

I was weeding a quiet corner of the walled garden and couldn’t help but be captivated by the intense activity of bees feverishly collecting their pollen, a race against time and season to create enough sustenance to eek over the winter. Next to this scene with a sense of quiet and stillness is a marker in a place to mark the resting place of Wanda, a fish cared for by Francine, originally bought by Nicky, friend and colleague. Now sadly Wanda has “journeyed over the big rainbow”.

Goldfish-Memorial-Victorian-Garden-Stewart-Park-Middlesbrough

Wanda’s Resting Place

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