“You will never get foxgloves to flower in just a few months, unless they are this type or that!” So say many seasoned gardeners.
Well, in just two months the little seedlings we bought have grown and grown and grown.
Some are now flowering just in time for open gardens. We have admittedly spoilt them rotten: they have been grown in pots, so the snails couldn’t get to them; re-potted three times; force-fed with one of our sponsors’ fertilisers (Talborne Organic‘s Seedling Food 6:2:5 and then Vita Fruit and Flower 3:1:5); foliar-fed and soil-drenched with Multi Booster (high potash food to stimulate flower development) and Kelpak.
Come and see these pampered plants for yourselves in Julie’s garden (home of Toe Toe the lettuce-eating tortoise) on Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th. We may even have a few extras for sale at our plant sale!
(Follow the link for Open Gardens Constantia ticket information.)
Photos: Marianne Alexander, Marie Viljoen. Text: Marianne Alexander