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Many plants seed freely, and one of the most prolific is the foxglove, the seedlings of which are now appearing and which are easily identifiable.

FAIRY FLOWER: The common foxglove.

Look upon them as a free gift, and if they’re in the wrong place, move them; they don’t mind being transferred to a more suitable site, just as long as they get the right growing conditions and water.

Just about everyone loves a foxglove; it’s an image of summer – warm woodlands filled the sound of birds and bees. But there’s more to Digitalis purpurea than meets the eye. This is a wild and wonderful bloomer with an ability to find a home in the smallest space.

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That’s why the next few weeks is the best time to seek them out. The common foxglove – as opposed to the biennial garden varieties which explode into a multitude of colour in late July and August – is springing up almost everywhere.

D purpurea loves shady spots, deciduous woodland areas and clearings in conifer forests, but it can grow in a crack in a wall, and its flowers are now a common sight on many roadsides.

When you’ve found your seedlings, choose the healthiest looking and lift them with as much soil as possible around the root. Replant them in a semi-shady spot where the soil is rich in leaf mould.