1: IT'S A TREE!, 2:Plant Illiteracy, 3: Foxy Foxglove
I thought I'd make this a 3-part message, instead of flooding the board with my posts. I'll try to keep 'em short [short by my USUAL standards...so it'll be a novelette instead of "War and Peace" ;-) ]
IT'S A TREE! YESSSSS! After trying for over 2 years to get my Chinese Rain Tree seeds to germinate, I finally followed the seller's advice (got 'em from Diane's Seeds, you've seen me rave about the site before), and now I have a gorgeous little tree in a bonsai pot. As soon as I can afford it, I'm buying more. It's such a pretty thing, like a miniature oak tree on my library shelf (not hardy in my zone, though far from tropical). So I'm doing the BONSAI HAPPY DANCE! \*tah dah!\*
Plant illiteracy is on the rise, and we MUST do something to stop it. There is no shortage of books on how to raise everything from asparagus to zucchini, and plants simply REFUSE to read them! Boston ferns thrive in sunlight, lily-of-the-valley refuse to grow in shade, and my 2 "shade-loving" rabbit-tracks were limp, dying mush until I put them in a south-facing window where they're baked dry practically every day.
Honestly, we can ALL have 100% success in all our gardening efforts IF WE CAN JUST GET THE DARN PLANTS TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS! *grumble*
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Finally, Foxy Foxglove. This is one I need help with. I bought a few seeds from Veseys of Foxy, and it's sprouted nicely. Of course digitalis is a biennial, but Foxy blooms its FIRST year (I'll post a link at the bottom....and you see what I mean about the plants refusing to Read The Manual?). So the question is: does Foxy go to seed after that, so you can collect them and have "annual foxglove" every year? Or.....? The germination was close to 100%, they're much hardier than any of my other digitalis (endured a couple of dry\-outs with no loss), and they look beautiful (in the pics, of course). I wouldn't mind sticking with this variety: it's often tough to overwinter biennials in a 3a zone. And MAN would I like to be able to offer this plant here. Great for people in zones 1\-3. But as to seeds, I is stumped. And (not surprisingly) no one at Veseys will give me a straight answer. Hello, Digitalis experts....and HELP! Cheers, \- Merri Here is a link that might be useful: [Foxy Foxglove](http://www.veseys.com/store.cfm?product=758)