I've just been leafing through the latest edition of Gardens Illustrated, as you do, over a screenbreak in the Guardian canteen. I got to the readers' questions page, a stalwart of any gardening publication, and had to double-take over the picture of an odd-looking foxglove.
GI's John Cushnie says the distortion has been caused by damage from a sucking insect like a capsid bug or aphid, wheres BBCGW says it's "a naturally occuring abnormality, known as fasciation". Can't remember what OG thought it was, but I hope Bob Flowerdew or someone thinks it's down to a lack of zinc or somesuch.
But what are the chances of a weird foxglove triple-whammy, particularly when two of the mags in question are produced by the BBC? Are our foxgloves at risk? The nation's gardeners need to know.