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Dovecote and Foxgloves

Updated: Mar 29, 2021


White dovecote viewed from below
Dovecote

This time last year I planted an abundance of seeds, all of which thrived and I was soon overrun with plants and vegetables. Now, I'd like to say this was because I have green fingers and I knew what I was doing, but really it was beginner's luck, being able to follow instructions on a seed packet, a useful little propagator and a greenhouse.


This year, the Foxgloves (Digitalis) that I had grown were looking a bit worse for wear in their now tiny pots so I decided to plant them up now the weather is brightening up. What better place for beautiful foxgloves than around the dovecote. Although foxgloves prefer lighter soils, they will grow well on heavy clay soils with lots of added organic matter, such as compost. Hopefully these will bloom and provide a lovely display, watch this space.


Just be aware that foxgloves contain the chemical digitalin, which is used in medicine to treat heart conditions, and all parts of the plant are toxic if eaten. Contact with the foliage may irritate the skin and eyes, so wear gloves, especially if you have sensitive skin.



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