Sunday, 10 May 2015

Foxtail lily



They glow you know.  Eremurus himalaicus, the white foxtail lily shines in the evening sunshine. I love eremurus - so much so I bought about 9 or 10 roots of e. robustus last autumn - that's the big one, the 9 footer foxtail lily which is bound to draw a gasp. Bloody no shows - the lot of them. I have zero idea as to why not. I mean, the soil is right; the planting time was right; they had space.....   Maybe rodents?


Anyway, such is the way of things. Well almost.  That 'laissez faire' type statement belies my new motivation to grow Digitalis ferruginea as I need more spiky punctuation in my garden.  Blame it on Dan Pearson. I've just been leafing through his book, The Garden (again) admiring this sun loving biennial that he planted with such aplomb at Home Farm many moons ago.



6 comments:

  1. I looked at foxtail lily for the first time. It is mysterious that a lot of them didn't grow.

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    1. It's a mystery. It must be rodents. The roots were in good condition, the soil is right and free draining. Who knows?

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  2. I love the foxtail lily, but like you have had varied success with them. You have a stunning garden Rob

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    1. Cheers Gary. The e. Himalaicus have romped away so the e. robustus failure is really suprising

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