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Lupins are one of the traditional flowers of the early summer border, coinciding with the first flush of roses. Plants have a characteristic appearance, with foliage radiating out from the tip of leafstalk like spokes of a wheel, and tall, upright spikes densely packed with rows of small pea flowers, which in this variety are deep rose-pink. Flowering continues for 6-8 weeks, but if plants are deadheaded straightaway, they will often produce a few late flowers in early autumn. Lupins are fairly short-lived, especially if grown on limy soil. To propagate, sow seed in spring or autumn. Alternatively take basal cuttings in mid-spring.
Cultivar: My Castle
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Rose
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: March to April
these for me are the best cottage garden plant if you mix them with gladioli i think the look fantastic collect the seeds in the summer from them and plant them in the greenhouse and get lots more lupins the leaves are also great too.
When the flowers have gone and the seed pods are left, when is best to remove the seeds, should I open the pods and get seeds...then what? I absolutely LOVE gardening but want to start growing my own and taking cuttings...
Found a useful link that tells you how to sow the seeds from lupins .... http://www.freegardeningplants.com/lupin.html
awaiting the info , on this particular flower,
with great interest
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