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Free Thompson & Morgan Apricot Foxglove Seeds (supplied with GW mag 2019

FiddlingOnFiddlingOn Posts: 76
A bit disappointed that now that the foxgloves are starting to show their flowers to find that most are not actually apricot but deep pink with a few accompanying white/cream/light pink stalks. I'm assuming that the dominant plant from which this plant has been cultivated is pink. How have other people's plants fared? (Didn't help that quite of few of mine were ravaged by predators :/)


  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,040
    The random colours of foxgloves is what gives them appeal to me. It's always a guessing game until they open and there's always some nice surprised. Not so great if you have a colour scheme to stick to though I guess. We're still a way off flowering up here though.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • FiddlingOnFiddlingOn Posts: 76
    Well no, it's not the end of the world and they were free after all. Just was looking forward to some differently coloured ones. I'm probably more annoyed as the pest damage that's been done to some of them. :D
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,123
    I sowed mine a year late and so will know to manage my expectations next summer. Thanks for the advice.

    Comparing two foxgloves side by side, if one has noticeably paler veins it’s more likely to be white.
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  • FiddlingOnFiddlingOn Posts: 76
    Thanks for the tip BenCotto.
  • BijdezeeBijdezee Posts: 1,484
    edited May 2020
    I'd be upset if that colour appeared in my garden when I expected apricot. I am weird about pinks, I only like blush soft pink or shocking pink end of the range, can't stand anything in between. That's just me  ;) and it's each to their own I suppose. They look like wild foxgloves with that shade.

    Funnily enough, I have those seeds too and was looking at them today considering whether to sow them. The packet definitely shows an apricot colour. If I had paid money for them and ended up with a colour I didn't want or intend then I'd be rather cross tbh. 
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,022
    I've got 15 of these so will let you know soon enough.
  • FiddlingOnFiddlingOn Posts: 76
    As a contrast I just took this photograph of a self-seeded common foxglove in the back garden and it just knocks the socks off the apricot ones.
  • Dirty HarryDirty Harry Posts: 1,022
    Depends what you're after- I've got plenty of purple already so common purple foxgloves are at the bottom of my list.

    Anyway, out of the 15 plants I kept, 3 look to be purple rather than apricot.
  • FiddlingOnFiddlingOn Posts: 76
    The apricot ones were few and far between. Overall the packet came up as a combination of pinky purple, yellow, white and apricot. :/
  • TooeyTooey Posts: 95
    I've got a mix of colours too from those seeds. 1 apricot, 2 white and a standard purple.
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