Plant of the Month: Foxglove
Foxgloves rise from their basal rosettes this month, with the thimble-like flowers opening in sequence from the bottom of the spike up. They do this to stay just above surrounding foliage where the nectar-filled flowers have some shelter and are in the flight path of passing bumblebees. Classified as biennials, foxgloves – aka digitalis – grow as a clump of leaves in their first summer and flower the next, but if you scatter seeds now, before the first hedgerow blooms open, you can steal a march and get them into flower for June next year. Good varieties include Pam’s Choice, which has white blooms with a purple throat, or the pastel-coloured Excelsior hybrids.
tend to your strawberries.
Put straw or pine needles below the swelling fruit to keep them clean and cover with a net to protect them from the birds.