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The bees love 'em
so do slugs and snails
Agree with both of the above, but I love seeing the bees on them
I little trick I do to prolong the flowering time is when seed pods start to form but there's still lots of flower buds to open, I hold the top of the flower gently and rub the seedpods off. As most plants' aim in life is to reproduce, when it has made seeds then it decides it doesn't need to flower anymore, so by rubbing off the seeds I trick it into thinking it hasn't done its job. I get loads more flowers then. The end of the stalk looks a bit funny eventually (photo below) but it's worth it for more flowers. When I think the last flower spike comes along I let the pods stay on and use the seeds to make more plants and I always get some good colour combinations.
I would love to grow them but they seem to really dislike my heavy clay soil. Does anyone know if they do well in pots?
Just how 'short-lived' are they supposed to be ? I've had the same pink and white Lupin in my garden for over 9 years, and it's travelled to 3 different gardens with me. It's now found it's forever home, so I'll be disappointed if it suddenly decides to die, as it's going great-guns this year I too love to see the bumblies on the flowers, the way they settle on the bottom of the flower and it just drops down so they can get inside to all the goodies is fascinating to watch.
They vary, but can last quite a few years, as you've found. You may find that you have seedlings coming up which replace the original plant in time without you realizing it, too.
We live in North East-have wonderful show of Lupins-best ever this year with 20-30 spikes per plant. If trouble with snails or wood pigeons try covering young plants with 2Ltr. lemonade bottles-base and neck removed with sharp scissors-!works well for us.!
Well I'm not holding my breath in my slug heaven garden, but the one I got for 50p yesterday is now planted out with a copper strip collar. Nothing to lose. J.
I found some growing wild near us and took some basal cuttings. Hopefully some will take!
Mine seem to be quite happy in my clay soil... I cut off the dead heads and they seem to carry on flowering a lot longer than the neighbours which is always good. I love watching the bees on them!
My lupins have changed colour. I had the most gorgeous display of a pale yellow lupin but now its a deep pink. I had photos of my border from the previous year to prove it to myself
last year mine were attacked by the biggest fattest grey aphids you have ever seen in your life, this year the snails got them. but then the snails got everything in my garden this year