The foxgloves are growing fast but the lupins look TERRIBLE

Yesterday, before we left, I went out and watered the foxgloves and lupins in my cold frame.  The foxgloves are HUGE – and the lupins are puny.

The foxgloves
The foxgloves
The lupins
The lupins

I also have some foxgloves that I didn’t have room for in the cold frame.  I ended up switching the two sets of foxgloves – the ones that have been in the cold frame are so ENORMOUS, they really don’t need the extra protection while the others could perhaps use some beefing up.

Plants outside the cold frame
Plants outside the cold frame

I figure that keeping the plants nice and near the wall should give them some frost protection, especially if the temperatures stay as mild as they have been.

The enormous foxgloves
The enormous foxgloves

Having said that, I had a few really small foxgloves that I ended up planting out in the shady garden (as I didn’t have room for them in my seed trays) and they are still going strong.  I’m thinking that, provided that it isn’t utterly freezing, I may plant out my larger foxgloves in the wildflower meadow and shady garden over Christmas.

The shady garden
The shady garden
The wildflower meadow - the foxgloves can do battle with the buttercups
The wildflower meadow – the foxgloves can do battle with the buttercups

Speaking of the wildflower meadow, my mother in law has told me that what I thought were geraniums are actually a type of creeping buttercup.  They are a bit wilted after my spraying but are still there – I hope the foxgloves will be able to fight them off.

Foxgloves are really beautiful – I absolutely love the flowers (so do bees) but even the plants themselves are velvety and soft.  I know this is completely obvious but both lupins and foxgloves are REALLY poisonous – if you touch them, please wash your hands.

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