The ubiquitous plant at flower shows last year was Digitalis parviflora, (sometimes given the cultivar name of ‘Milk Chocolate’), shown here on the Botanic Nursery stand, NCH of Digitalis, at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
Inspired by hearing Mary and Terry Baker (shown below) of the Botanic Nursery talking on Friday’s GQT , I ventured out into the garden on Sunday – well the greenhouse, marginally warmer in there, to plant some foxglove seeds from various sources; D. lutea bought from the Bakers at Hampton Court, ‘Milk Chocolate’ a give-away on the Macmillan garden, D. lanata saved from plants I grew in my garden and D. purpurea ‘Pam’s Choice’ from the World Botanics range from Johnsons, sponsors of Plant Heritage.
Following the instructions from Marina Christopher’s workshop last autumn, I used small pots filled with her gritty compost and lightly sprinkled the seeds on the surface.
Then doing ‘the whole Marina method’ the surface of the pots was covered in 1-3mm grit which maintains a moist microclimate around the seeds and developing seedlings, and left in the open with no heat. I have saved half of the seed for another attempt if this doesn’t work.
The promise of things to come – D.’Pippa’ and D. purpurea ‘Pam’s Choice’ on the Baker’s display last year at Hampton Court.