Oh Verrdun you are lucky.
I grew some wonderful Lulu lupins one year, and several interesting bi-colours but they all got heavily infested with enormous brown aphids. Those that survived were so weakened the following year that the aphids finished them off. My garden was full of ladybirds then, but they didn't seem to like the lupin aphis.
I am lucklier with delphiniums, grown from seed and planted out in late summer. I mulch them heavily over winter and lay slug pubs in the spring as the first shoots appear. I think I get a lot of help from hedgehogs and frogs too.
I wonder if I should give lupins another go next year?