The Crazy World of Betty Bee

This is a post about Fairy Fingers, otherwise known as the Common Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea. It has many other names and they mostly refer to fingers or gloves, in fact the scientific name Digitalis means “finger like” and is a reference to the way a single flower fits neatly over a human finger.

Betty and I see the Foxglove in very different ways. For me, to take in the whole flower I have to step back and the very shape of a Foxglove means that by the time I am far enough back to see the whole thing I am also seeing Β a lot of the other plants around it. So I see it as a very modest, subtle and beautiful flower.

Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

Common FoxgloveBetty’s view is somewhat different…(she is usually stoned when I see her)

Buff-tailed BumblebeeTo her it is just….

GROOVY BABY!Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

Common FoxgloveThis is where Buff-tailed Bumblebees go to relax after a hard day in the fields. The amount of times that I have found her lying comatose outside of a Foxglove… It just doesn’t bear telling.

Common FoxgloveA lot of flowers lay claim to medicinal properties. I know of one that can cure the bite of a seven headed serpent and I always pick and carry Common Centaury when I see it (Just in case) however not all of these claims have been scientifically proven.

The Common Foxglove has been proven and licensed for use. The medicine Digitalin is an extract of Digitalis purpurea and is an important drug used in the control of heart conditions.

Common Foxglove Β Common FoxgloveΒ Common Foxglove

Foxgloves are very poisonous. Pretty much every part of the plant is poisonous, the leaves, stem, seeds and flowers. I don’t know about the root but I wouldn’t mess about with it. Foxgloves can kill you.

Symptoms of Foxglove poisoning include blurred vision, confusion, irregular heartbeat, low blood pressure, vomiting and nausea. .. and death. Regular users like Betty can also expect hallucinations and seeing halos around objects and loss of appetite.

Don’t worry Crocodiles are very dangerous too but also very beautiful. The only difference between a Foxglove and a Crocodile Is that one you don’t put in your own mouth and the other one you don’t get in it’s mouth. That’s all you have to remember.

Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

Well that is about all that I have to say about Foxgloves and is probably more than you wanted to know anyway. The Sun is shining, Poochy is whining. Fizz and I need to go out and explore the wonderful world of nature (and work on our tans). Thanks for looking in.

Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

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Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

Common Foxglove

 

 

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10 thoughts on “The Crazy World of Betty Bee”

    1. Thanks. Swanky? I wish. No I don’t really. I don’t want my natural world to be a cathedral, I want to play in it and snap away. I am not a photographer. Panasonic FZ200 bridge camera, you can pick them up now for about Β£300 I think and there are no extra lenses to buy. That’s cheaper than a lot of mobile phones. For gorgeous pics have a look at
      http://marcopesaresi.com (Wildlife Photography). He has got some decent kit and he also makes some of the best wildlife pictures I have ever seen but he does something different from me, he’s a wildlife photographer. I know that even Β£300 is a lot to spend on a camera but believe me it would be very easy for me to lose 10 or 15K if I went the other way. I like what I do, messin’ about with the wonderful natural world but I also very much like it that there are people like Marco doing what he does. πŸ™‚ I am more interested in what is in the picture than the picture itself and I didn’t create any of the beautiful things that I photograph. All of my pictures are posted free of copyright and watermarks and are free to download and reuse. (I haven’t made a big point of that yet because when you say that something is free it can become worthless). It is like the hunter who kills an animal and leaves some of the meat for the spirits who gave him that kill. When I take a picture I need to leave something or give something back, if anyone sees one of my pictures and thinks, “I like that animal, I am gonna stop throwing stones at them” then I have given something back. πŸ™‚ It’s not art πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It’s fun πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      1. That’s a great reason to take pictures πŸ™‚ I’ll check out Marco. I asked mostly because I have a battered canon AS50, which cost about Β£100 about 10 years ago! I’m looking to upgrade but know nothing really about cameras I just love taking pics – thanks for the info πŸ™‚

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