Soft moss a downy pillow makes, and green leaves spread a tent,
Where faerie fold may rest and sleep until their night is spent.
The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
The twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, Faeries all, Goodnight.
---Elizabeth T. Dillingham "A Faery Song"

Friday, January 15, 2010

Laughing at Winter

These are my foxglove seedlings I started last summer and obviously should have divided already. Actually I had my doubts that they would make it but after Glen built a cold frame over my seedbed last fall they started to thrive almost immediately. They seem to have not been fazed by the weather although the cold frame is not airtight. I would recommend that anyone try foxgloves by seed. This is my second year to grow them and they are not that hard to grow. Well worth the $1.99 a pack I paid for the seed. One mature plant at Lowe's was selling for $9.99 or so last year!


  1. Jennifer, I'm so glad you are blogging! Your header photo is great. It is going to be so much fun keeping up with what you are doing.

  2. Welcome to garden blogging. My foxglove seedlings are under the snow. I miss them, but it's nice to see yours.

  3. I too think that your header picture is amazing.

  4. Thanks y'all for the warm welcome to the blogging world. I am hooked already. The header pic is my winter arrangement last year. I just cut a bunch of evergreens, plopped them in a bucket of water and disguised it with a nice wooden box. It lasted a very long time.

  5. Welcome to the blogging world! I used to love to garden for therapy! My passion now is riding my horse. I dug in the dirt some last summer, and am anxious to plant some more this spring. Looking foward to reading more!

  6. Jennifer, I came to your blog via Phillip @ Dirt Therapy and admit I am a "serial killer" when it comes to gardening. I plant and they don't grow. (Someone told me I need to offer them water - I guess I missed that sentence in the instructions!)

    I do much better in the kitchen, cooking. Paula Deen is someone I admire greatly, so I am sure I will enjoy your adventures in the garden.

    Welcome and keep the post coming...

  7. Welcome! I live in northeast Mississippi so I'm not that far from you. I love to garden too so I'll look forward to checking your blog, especially this spring when things are popping out!

  8. Welcome to blogging! Love your first post and look forward to learning a bit more about gardening from you... I have lots to learn!

  9. Hello Jennifer, came your way via Phillip @ Dirt Therapy and so glad I did !
    I started blooging last year, it is a wonderful way to meet new friends and share ideas....
    Hope to visit with you often, I already love what I see !!

  10. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging, Jennifer! I too came here via Phillip and via Blotanical, which I hope you'll join. You've got a great start and a winning blog name, so I look forward to reading your posts.

  11. Foxglove are great flowers. How about a photo of the cold frame your husband built? I'm looking for good ideas for them.
    Your blog title is superb!

  12. What a nice guy your husband must be to build a coldframe for you. I grow very little from seed but when I read things like....$1.99 for a pack of seeds vs $9.99 for one plant....it makes me think I better start planting seeds. Luv the name of your blog.


  13. Now if I had had any sense I would've put my foxglove seedlings in my coldframe and then I might actually still have foxglove seedlings. How smart are you? And such an awesome coldframe too. I think it is the best I've ever seen.

    When I first saw your comment on our team blog "In the Garden" I checked out your profile and the title of your blog REALLY caught my eye. What a great name.

    Welcome to blogging and it is SO great to have another Tennessee Garden Blogger on board. We actually have a Tennessee Garden blogger group where a few of us are members. Dave from The Home Garden was just asking if we knew of any other Tennessee garden bloggers. Not sure if you are interested but thought I'd tell you about it. Dave can add you if you like. Are you in Middle Tennessee? That is where I am but on the Kentucky border. Another resource I'm not sure if you know of or not but it is Blotanical. You can find tons of garden blogs there. Sure is nice to meet someone new.

    The story of your mother is touching. My mother has taken care of elderly people and they've been most kind to her too and have left her some things. Now she is not able to care for others as she is not well. I am so sorry for your loss and can't even imagine it. The birdbath is a wonderful reminder for you.