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These fabulous lupins have pleased me so much the leafs and flowers almost perfect no mildrew .

KEF

Lovely Janet 9. Must admit I was expecting a Lupin problem..happy to say none here

Post the lovely pic' in Galllery 2013 a lot more people will see them there and appreciate them there.

Never grown Lupins always wary of Lupin aphid.

KEF you are missing out on a real treat if you don't grow lupins.  They are majestic flowers, huge impact eye catchers.  

The lupin aphid isn't hard to prevent.  First,met this one few years back and it is a large brute glaucous blue in colour.  A systemic insecticide before spikes open or a soap spray is effective.  

Along with delphiniums they are a feature of my garden right now....would miss not having them

Janet, what a cracking colour.....very envious cos I domt have that colour here......and loads of spikes to come too

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KEF

Always wanted both Verdun. Did have delphiniums one year and no show the next, wasn't vigilant enough when they came through, think they were eaten.  Only seen lupins close up once and had what seemed to be huge greenfly on, but as you say easy to get off. I think I'm still remembering what I was told as a child, such as wallflowers encourage club root into your garden, broad beans encourage black fly and other such stories from the 60's. ..Is there a thread there ???  

This is the first year I've really grown / planted annuals and smaller plants, have been a veg' and perennial grower. Now really enjoying the growing of new things. Have had to put a book at side of computer to note down what I want, what to do when, and what I want building, names of things that the forum members have identified hoping I will learn them 

Soz Janet rambled on when your post was about lupins.

KEF

I know what you mean...but they're wives tales, aren't they?

I did exactly,that when I wanted to know about plants....I think you have the right idea. Tender perennials could be another option for you.....annual colour from perennial rootstock, tubers, etc.  Because they tend to be much bigger they also provide an exotic feel,to the garden.  

Why not start a thread based on your,opening paragraph?  It will be an  interesting one I think

Thanks for the kind comments the lupins are in there second year now last year being nothing like this year they have about 10 flowering spikes on them they ........the delphiniums growing alongside are about to flower and look like putting on a nice display still does not make up for the demise of my 12 year old Japanese acer which is now cut down to the stump with 2 buds slowly growing again.

hollie hock

Lovely colour Janet and the plant looks perfect

I've been growing lupins for a few years now and never seen a lupin aphid

They usually appear when the spike is about to flower or in flower

Not seen  any sign on my lupins yet maybe they came in flower early when I have grown lupins in the past I have had problems with mildrew and aphids . Im trying to post more photos but keep having problems . Do I just post on the photo gallery by submit reply.

LeadFarmer

Aren't Lupins great. I always like to plant them alongside foxgloves. Even the tiny planted area on my front garden has them....

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Brilliant LeadFarmer.  Imagine not growing,lupins!

When I was a kid, I saved some seed and wrote on the envelope what they were.  My mum asked me, "what are loobins?"  The name has stuck in our family ever since.

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