Fox and Cubs in a Giraffe on Monday

Giraffe and square vases

The vases are from Chive.com

Hawkweed or Fox and Cubs  have seeded themselves in my gravel garden, I love the rich colour

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However, apparently I should not be encouraging it in the garden as it can be a rampant weed.  So disappointing. For now I’m going to enjoy it, just as the insects are.

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Teaming it with this gorgeous achillea – oof! I LOVE that colour combo.

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Add in the lavender and I’m a happy colour-loving bunny. All three plants are  much loved by the insects – there’s a whole lot of buzzing going on!

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Joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her fun Monday get together of gardeners all over the world.

and

Cee’s Flower of the Day

52 responses to “Fox and Cubs in a Giraffe on Monday

  1. Fox and cubs pop up in my garden too and I love them but feel I need to pull them to keep them from taking over. Vibrant oranges, lovely

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  2. Beautiful macro images Sandra.

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  3. I’m sure you do have a whole lot of buzzing going on. Everything looks so pretty. Cool vases !

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  4. Oh yes, those colours are fabulous! I love the yellow hawkweed in my garden and even planted some of it in my rockery as an excellent ground cover. The orange one I bought never flowered!

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  5. I love your hawkweed, a plant I’ve neither heard of nor seen in my part of the world. It looks like something that should/could grow here but, as I couldn’t even find it in my western garden guide, I guess it doesn’t. Thanks for sharing it!

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  6. Murtagh's Meadow

    Love the colour combinations, and if you like the flower then it is not a weed;-) well in my opinion anyway. I allow ox eyed daisies to grow and seed in my veg plot. They add that extra colour and attract hoverflies

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  7. I’ve never heard of the common name ‘Fox and Cubs’ but it does suit. As kids, we called it ‘Indian Paintbrush’ which shares a common name with a western US native. While this hawkweed is not native to the US, it has naturalized here, but is seen less and less, probably due to rampant use of ‘Weed and Feed’ on lawns. 😦

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  8. Wow. these are beautiful.. your garden must be gorgeous!

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  9. Love those vases and a surprisingly striking colour combo of flowers too! I didn’t think that all of those bright colours would mix well together but they look gorgeous! 🙂

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  10. Beautiful colors and flowers. 😀

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  11. That vase is amazing and it seems to me that you are buzzing too!

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    • Ha!Ha! Thank you. Yes, think you are right Cathy – buzzing around in the sunshine like a busy busy bee! Glad to see you are home safely having navigated all those lane changes, lorries and such. 😀

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  12. Have never heard of Hawkweed or Fox and Cubs. Lovely flowers. It’s a shame you’ll have to be careful with it spreading, but makes a nice vase for today.

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  13. This is so bright! Now that I’m awake I love it, but the first glimpse at 5:45 was a little too much until I’d finished my coffee! This is definitely a waker upper; I love love the bees too, they are always welcome at our house.

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  14. Laurie Graves

    Buzz, buzz, beauty!

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  15. Such eye-popping colors! I’m a complete fool for orange flowers~

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  16. Oh I do so love the Chive vases – I was hoping they would be at Chatsworth but they were not, so I will be off to their website again. There was just too much choice when I looked before 😉 The zinginess of your blooms is enhanced by the orange vases – what a great selection you have chosen. I have never come across this ‘fox and cubs’ before – I wonder if it is just restricted to certain parts of the UK?

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    • It says on the website: “Most common in central and southern Britain but also recorded in Ireland, Fox-and-cubs is an introduced invasive species not only in temperate parts of Europe and Asia but also in Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania and North America.

      Habitat: Often found on stony waste land, in churchyards on roadside embankments and beside railway tracks, despite efforts to eradicate it this fast-spreading wildflower has also become a permanent feature of many parks and gardens.”

      The link I’ve put for Chive takes you straight to the page with the Giraffes, the little cubes are on an earlier page – there are far too many to wade through aren’t there!

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  17. ADORE all the orange – thank you for it!
    (Wish we had “weeds” like this!) xx

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  18. Fox and Cubs, I would want that plant just due to the name. It is a gorgeous wildflower. Don’t they say that most wildflowers are terrible invasives? Those orange vases are sure eye catching. Happy IAVOM.

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  19. There’s nothing like a good-looking self seeder, what’s not to love about the delightfully named ‘Fox and cubs’? I shall make a note of this one. (The little saxifrage was posted Saturday.)

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  20. Love your arrangement this week…and what about this for serendipity…yesterday evening, I was looking at what I could add to my lawn which I am cultivating for bees, and one of the plants was orange hawkbit aka Fox and cubs…I had written down notes on my diary about this!

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    • Oh! I love those serendipitous links Noelle! If you click on the link I have put in the post it will tell you it is hard to get rid of once established – but it is so beautiful, I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt at the moment. Which country are you in? If UK, shall I send you some seed?

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  21. We used to have it growing by the side of our oad , but only in one spot every year . Now we no longer have it thanks to the council and good old Monsatan’s Round Up which they sprayed on Bank Hol Sun !!!! Perhaps filling in the potholes in the road would be a better priority ??? This is a country lane , no need to sanitise it to the detriment of bees and other pollinators , we have no honey bees and very few other pollinators this year ! About 5 Bumbles in all ! Once they are gone as Dad’s Army would say ” We are doomed “

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