It is not only for the humans that these flowers are scattered throughout the garden, by human placement and their own seed scatterings. The pollinators love the fairy (wee folks) gloves, including insect and magical pollen twizzlers. ‘Folks gloves became foxgloves long ago.
It is not only Digitalis purpurea that is grown here, seeds successfully sown in the greenhouse of Digitalis parviflora ‘Milk Chocolate’ have produced garden flowers. Two plants from over a dozen planted out bloomed in 2010. It is hoped that the rest will bloom next year. Seeds were gathered and sown in situ from the two stalks.
A Knoxville nursery had Digitalis obscura offered in four inch pots this spring. We bought all they had, of course. A few perished in the drought of summer so it was good that there were extras. One plant bloomed, it is hoped there will be a better showing next year and seeds can be obtained and sown.
Time to talk about seeds. The most common of the Digitalis are biennials, meaning the foliage appears the first year from seed sowing and the blooms appear the next, in most cases, then the plant dies. I have had some foliage take two years to bloom, growing to a much larger size with larger and more flowers, as in the first photo of this post of a Digitalis purpurea volunteer. Even the so-called perennials are short lived, so to continue having them in one’s garden, seeds must be saved and/or scattered as they mature. When the seedpods have browned, dried and opened is the proper time to scatter. As always, nature does the best job of handling procreation without human interference. The seedlings can be easily moved in cooler months to the desired garden locations, or left alone for a bit of design serendipity.
There are many more species and named varieties of Digitalis than we are now growing, it was decided that needed to be rectified. An order was placed to the seed company across the pond, Chilterns. We do love getting Royal Mail. Here are the seeds ordered:
Planted in neat rows and well labeled, covered with recycled nursery flats for protection against digging felines, rodents and anything slithering around the raised box at the side of the shed, the seeds await nature to take her course. Rain would help immensely.
A page on my sidebar has been created to join the other Plants We Grow series for Digitalis. It is hoped that one day some or all of the above seed list can be photographed and added to the page.
Digitalis already growing here:
parviflora ‘Milk Chocolate’
There was a post about Foxgloves that was written early in our blogging career, if you are interested, that can be seen by clicking here-Foxgloves.