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.
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.
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.
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.
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.