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  1. McGardener

    McGardener Gardener

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    or foxgloves for common folks like me.

    anyone found a good (quality and price) place to buy these on-line?
     
  2. SteveW

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  3. McGardener

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    thanks for that

    the site that you mention - would you happen to know their cost per foxglove? and have you used them? Always nervous about buying unseen.
     
  4. McGardener

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    came across

    www.plantsforshade.co.uk

    Seems to be informative and you can buy 3 foxgloves for �£6 - seems quite expensive for a plant that can be cultivated.
     
  5. SteveW

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    No, never used them, it just came up in a search, they do grow easily from seed though...I grew some successfully last year
     
  6. McGardener

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    Really, thats interesting because I always thought that they need a year without flowering.

    Was there anything particular that you did to get them flowering in their 1st year?

    We've got some foxgloves in the back garden - been there for about 8 years - and they've not spread from their original area.

    thanks for your replies by the way.
     
  7. SteveW

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    I said I grew them successfully, not flowered them [​IMG]
     
  8. Fran

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    Emji - but I seem to remember reading that there is now a foxglove that does flower in the first year. Not seen it yet, and mine are all biennial. I did try the perrenial one - odd shaped flowers, but it didn't survive a very dry spell during the summer. :(
     
  9. McGardener

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    fair point steveW,

    years away from any green on my fingures. quite happy that some of the bulbs (tulips et al) i planted last year are sprouting!

    got some foxglove seeds so will attempt to grow from seed - guess if i have to waite a year for the flowering so be it. Its my understanding that Japanese Painted Fern will need a year before it showes any of its colour.

    Its that whole thinking seasons ahead thats quite challanging for the new gardener. Its also makes it interesting.

    thanks again.
     
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    do be careful - remember they're poisonous!
     
  11. SteveW

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    I bought a small japanese painted fern last year (Athyrium niponicum) and you are right, they do look really good when they have all the colours as a mature plant, but it does still look good small too with some of the silver and red tints
     
  12. McGardener

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    "do be careful - remember they're poisonous!"

    yup - quite fortunate in that not many kids will be arround so its not too dangerous.

    SteveW - tell me about your painted fern - has it grown much this year? Got quite alot of hope for this fern and want to make sure that I get their requirements as exact as possible. Basically, a good ammount of fertiliser and moisture if what they like?
     
  13. Fran

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    Foxgloves are great - and the bees love em. Yes their toxic if eaten - but not one of the really bad guys.
     
  14. SteveW

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    Its very hardy but deciduous so nothing to see in winter, mines planted out in an area near a pond that has other ferns and hostas, hebes planted around, my particular soil is on clay so it tends to retain water well

    It was part of a five fern package on offer from garden news, they are more available from garden centres now but I have still yet to see one that looks as colourful as in the catalogues...hoping for more fronds and better colour this year
     
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