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Hi can anyone advise why, whatever I plant in my little garden reaches for the sky, despite having full sun and no overhanging trees/plants etc.

my foxgloves reach seven foot odd, I have five feet six inches alstromeria.

triffid type lupins, ginormous delphiniums etc. I don't manure or fetilizer, so whats going on??


  • fotofitfotofit Posts: 73

    Hi there - not sure that I can say what's going on or why but wonder if for some reason there's a naturally high nitrogen level in the soil and/or it's a type of soil which again, naturally suits these plants !!!  

    I'm sure others may have alternative similar comments !!

    I do know that in our own garden the same plants grow differently depending on the particular soil and location in which they are situated - clay, sand, mixture of both, full sun, shade etc etc.

    I must say I have never come across such tall alstromerias. I imagine you need a lot of staking material !!

    Best wishes image

  • DiggerSeanDiggerSean Posts: 52

    Are you bragging or complaining Peter image

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    Soil is definitely a factor, cultivar is also a consideration, some delphiniums are not called dwarf without good reason image

  • plants are in full sun, so no problem with light.

    as for bragging nah! Lol! they just look so ridiculious and do need a lot of staking and tying in.

    if i knew how to put a photo on the site, I could give you a laugh......a foxglove almost upto the bird boxes way up the garage wall....don't get it! why me???

  • SingySingy Posts: 206

    Post a pic, I want to see this 7 foot foxglove image

    click on the insert image button (look like a tree in a picture frame) then select to browse for the phot on your computer and then upload to copy it to the forum host, the post like any other response.

  • image

    Hey! managed to find the piccy and upload it, there's hope for this old dg yet..Lol!

    The rose in the picture is a climbing rose attached to the garage wall.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,423

    Did the previous people keep dogs?  The dog run I started planting next door has never been fertilised, (except by the dogs), but the oxeye daisies and hesperis I planted look like they're on steroids.

    I shouldn't complain about it, just make the most of it.

  • No dogs as far as I know!

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