Lovely Lupins

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Lupin-laden flower bed. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

The garden is full of colour at the moment, thanks largely to the abundance of Lupin bushes. We’ve had the right mix of rainy days and dry days to bring them to full flower, and they look magnificent. Tall and sturdy, the structured flower stems are made up of many delicate individual flower heads with a distinctly peppery aroma, Lupins are a delight to behold. The violet-blue Lupin bush above has a quirkiness to it, each year one solitary pink stem grows in amongst all the blue ones 🙂

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Up close on Lupins. Images: Kathryn Hawkins

It’s not just me who’s enjoying the Lupins, the bees are all over them at the moment – just look at those pollen sacs!

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Lupin-lovin bees. Images: Kathryn Hawkins

Lupins are the ultimate low-maintenance plant, and such great value. They will self-seed each year if you allow the seed heads to dry on the plant. I usually collect a few seed pods each year and pot up a few extra plants just in case I have a space in a border for a new plant – the pink one below is one of last year’s newbies. If you cut back the stems once the flowers have faded, you will get a second flourish of smaller flower stems later on in the season.

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Pink and white Lupin varieties. Images: Kathryn Hawkins

The orange Lupin was planted last year, and I was intrigued to see whether it would grow back the same colour this year. I have found that Lupins often change colour in acidic soil just like Hydrangeas, and often revert back to the original violet-blue variety. The colour of this one is slightly more peachy this year, but still a lovely contrast to the other colours in the garden.

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The blue and the orange. Images: Kathryn Hawkins

That’s it for this week. I’ll be back in the kitchen again soon. Until my next post, have a good few days and enjoy the sunshine when you have some 🙂

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Lupin-tastic. Image: Kathryn Hawkins

 

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3 thoughts on “Lovely Lupins

  1. BEAU-TI-FUL, thank you so much for sharing the close-up photos and the tips — as one relatively new to gardening, I always appreciate them!
    One of our lupin bushes has « beheaded » stems and I wonder if you might know the reason why. No, Kathryn, it is not because it lives in Guillotine land 😄.
    The fact that even I was able to successfully transplant young lupin plants to a new spot is proof that it is indeed, as you say, easy to care for.
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Good morning Joëlle. Glad you enjoyed the lupins and pleased to read (and see) that you have your own fine crop this year. As for the headless stems, that is a bit of a mystery. I’ve had birds crashing into stems in the past and breaking them, also wind and rain damage, but I can’t think of any other reason unless they were literally nipped in the bud by insects. Heaven only knows what damage the baby dinosaurs will do to your garden when they hatch out! 🙂 All the best to you.

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