Fairy Foxgloves

Foxglove Glass Dome Charms

Foxglove Glass Dome Charms

Kumara's Original Fairytale

Fairy Foxgloves is Kumara's original fairytale. Written by Norah M. Simpson, it was first published in 'Fairy Tales of Westland' for the Greymouth Evening Star in 1934. It is a truly unique story commemorating the gold mining pioneers of the region. The tale follows Anna, a young girl, delivering an important letter to her father. On her travels she stumbles upon hundreds of tiny fairies in the foxgloves.

Fairy Foxgloves is an endearing short story about love, courage, belief and remembrance. Each story comes beautifully packaged with a handmade glass dome charm with magnet attached for those buying in Kumara, or without the magnet for postage (due to regulations). Available in antique silver or bronze. 

Made in Kumara, New Zealand. 

Fairy Foxglove Package

Fairy Foxglove Package

 

 

Story and Foxglove Fairy charm beautifully packaged. 

Listen to an extract from the Fairy Foxgloves fairytale.

Available at Masala in Kumara. or can be purchased online and shipped anywhere in the world through the link below: 

NZ$12 + shipping

Foxglove growing in 'Tailings' in Kumara

Foxglove growing in 'Tailings' in Kumara

What is a Foxglove?

The foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) with its distinctive long purple flowering spikes is perhaps one of the more recognisable exotic species that has escaped from the cultivated garden environment to naturalise in New Zealand. This rosette of leaves gives rise to densely hairy simple stems that grow up to 1.5 metres high. These spikes hold a one-sided array of tubular flowers, usually purple in colour although pink and white are sometimes seen. These tubular flowers are inflated, 2-lipped and bell-shaped, up to 6cm long and spotted maroon to purple on the inside. The foxglove was first recorded in New Zealand by “Kirk.T in Hooker, J.D ‘Handbook of the New Zealand Flora’ p. 761 (1867). It is thought that the first Foxgloves to germinate in New Zealand originated at Callaghan's Gold Mining town (5 minutes from Kumara)... 

...an Irish miner, longing for the familiarities of home, wrote home for some seeds...and the rest is history.