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Has anyone else noticed all the wil foxgloves this year? there seems to be more this year in my area.


 Also orchids i think they like the wet humid conditions






  • Aliesh,

    I think it has been very interesting to see what plants seem to have done better this year. At one end of the scale, goosegrass seems to be rampant and, more strikingly, mid-season clematis seem to have done very well. I agree about the foxgloves and orchids - our local twayblades are superb.


  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    The foxgloves in my garden have rocketed up this year - some are over eight foot!

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,549

    Mine too except that now they're mostly flat with curly ends.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892
    Alina W wrote (see)

    ... some are over eight foot!

    Ditto, and here are the snaps...


    What surprises me is that they've managed to stay upright through all the wind and rain.

    Some blue sky this afternoon too!

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    huge foxgloves everywhere indeed, last year my son and I were grumbling about he pathetic little 18 inch high efforts, not this year!! They have loved the wet conditions, but as they are native here that is probably hardly surprising.  The hostas are loving the wet too, as is the golden hop - always a high speed runner but this year headed for a gold medal.  Hardy geraniums very happy, and some clematis but by no means all. 

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    My native foxgloves have done far better than some of the hybridised novelties.

  • Another bonus this year has been the economic crisis. Councils seem not to have had the funds to do as much mowing of road-verges and other public spaces as usual, so there has been a outbreak of wild flowers in places where they haven't been seen for years.

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