the grounds that ' in the future every flower will be world
famous for fifteen minutes' I gave this mega-star of a foxglove
the Warhol treatment in the Serif PopArtPlus which
had come free on the cover CD of Digital Creative Arts.
Barbara spotted this single XXL bloom on one of the white
flower spikes in the border by the bird feeder. It's has a
more symmetrical shape than the usual policeman's helmet-shaped
foxglove flower and it's growing out of sequence; you can
see, above, that a foxglove normally has buds at the top of
the stem, flowers lower down and the developing seed capsules
This mega-flower has jumped the queue and burst into flower
before its time. I photographed it ten days ago, it lasted
for several days then, following its fifteen minutes of fame,
it withered and now appears to be setting seed. There are
four or five times the normal number of sepals (four) around
the base of the flower, so it looks like a little globe artichoke.