Tuesday, 7 June 2016

#30DaysWild Day 7 - Foxes and cubs

Growing along roadside verges of a busy road I travel, a small bright orange flower would always catch my eye through the summer months. A couple of years ago, curiosity as to its ID eventually had me searching it out.

For anyone else curious, let me introduce you to Foxes and cubs (also known as Orange Hawkweed). It’s botanic name is Pilosella aurantiaca.


Spotted in a garden centre, Foxes and Cubs is now growing in my garden.


It's very textural with hairy stems and neat rosette, blue-green leaves.


I love it’s burnt orange colour - I wonder what insects it will attract.


It has joined the garden oranges of Heuchera 'Marmalade' and Geums.


Orange is a colour I’ve really warmed to for a few years now. It was also popular at Chelsea Flower Show this year. It goes well with other colours in my garden.


My neat, low growing geum is great for ground cover. I’ve been dividing it for years. I’ll try the same with Foxes and cubs but I’ll have to keep it in check.


Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ is another favourite for both me and visiting bees.
It has a bigger foliage clump and taller stems. I’ve never tried dividing it.


As you can see, I’ve become a bit of an orange convert. I would never have guessed that years ago – I really didn’t like it at all. I especially love it with my dark plum Heucheras and Astrantia 'Ruby Wedding'. What are your thoughts on orange in the garden – love it or loathe it? I think it’s the new yellow :-)


This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in June 2016.

5 comments:

Gail said...

I grow orange Calendula 'Indian Prince' which I love but I have to admit I'm not keen on orange in the garden. It seems to clash with so many other colours.

Lisa Greenbow said...

I have a planter that is full of orange bits. As I think about it I have 2 planters with orange in them. I like orange. I have various shades of orange in the garden. I think of it as the new red. Of course orange is a mix of red and yellow. Great in the garden. Orange is popular in upholstered furniture now. This means our 30year old chairs are back in vogue. ;) I would love to have foxes and cubs in my garden. I can see why you were smitten.

Shirley said...

Hello again , to you both. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments :-)

Gail, Ah, looking at images, that’s a beauty. As I said in my post, I haven’t been an orange fan in the past. I’ve always associated orange with the bedding marigolds. Christopher Lloyd and Sarah Raven are the ones that have inspired me to consider being brave enough to introduce it to my garden and now I love it. Yes, it clashes but I have grown to really like that about it :-)

Lisa, ah, I might have guessed you’d like orange being a bit of an artist. Ha-ha… I like ‘the new red’ as I was swithering between red and yellow there myself. Ha-ha… everything comes back into fashion eventually. I was looking at Foxes and cubs road side today and pointing them out to my Mum. She had never noticed them before. I’m sure you’ll have an orange roadside wildlife plant in Indiana too but perhaps not the same as this one. I’m not sure where it originates from. I should look that up :-)

SeagullSuzie said...

I love the colour combination Shirl of the orange and purple.

Shirley said...

Hello again, Suzie So do I, so do I. I’m just loving the orange zing with so many other colours too :-)