Words by Jessica Peace
Those hill climbing, swooning, Victorian romantics (and ex-poet laureates) scrawled the foxglove into a few of their big numbers. Alfred Tennyson’s poem ‘In Memoriam’ crys, ‘bring the foxglove spire…’, and ‘bees that soar for bloom… / Will murmur by the hour in foxglove bells’, in William Wordsworth’s ‘Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent’s Narrow Room’.
In the eighties Neil Gaiman created Donna Cavanagh or ‘Foxglove’ for DC Comics. After Foxglove’s first girlfriend Judy comes to an unfortunate end at the hands of ‘Dr. Destiny’, she gets it together with Hazel, signs a record deal and is crowned, ‘queen of acoustic rock and roll’. Nicely done.