Planting Lupins, Foxgloves and Aquilega

Gardens closest to a door can often suffer when you are renovating a house. Take our front garden, it became a dumping ground when we had the heating done, every lovely dahlia we had was crushed under the feet of heating engineers and plumbers who didn't even see the beauty they were mashing under their heel. In an age where the front garden is given over to the car space, it is easy to forget that these where once the calling cards of everyone, regardless of class. First impressions meant a lot once, and it started in your front garden. Two years ago we challenged ourselves to sort the front garden out, four years ago we did the same with the garden that backs onto our kitchen door. That too had been a dumping ground for bricks, metal, wood and anything else our old unloved house was spewing out. This tiny plot that runs to around 16 foot square has been home to cabbages and lupins. It is a bed we like to play with.


Today is no difference and we are adding more lupins, Band of Nobles, alongside aquilegas (we have lost the label but recognise the plant) and foxgloves (digitalis alba).


The tulips we planted two years ago have been fleeting and they seem to be getting weaker. The winter wet has taken half of them and some of them barely have a flower head this year. Tulips never last the course and we will add them to plants we will grow in pots from now on, adding a little colour early in the season and then they can be stored somewhere safe to over winter.

Cottage garden

However, lupins are something else in our garden. A common complaint about lupins are slugs, they never make it but we have to tell you the truth here, we have slugs but they never seem that interested in our lupins (touch virtual wood). We can't grow Delphiniums though, slugs munch them up and if they do grow the first light breeze knocks them down and the slugs have a field day. Lupins from the start have become the flower of choice in our garden. They're old school. They're garish. They're flashy. They are somewhat rude in the way they grow. 


Gardens always change, and we still have some rubble in that lower garden but not as much as we once had, we even built a wall out of one lot of rubble and some paths too. The rest will be used but gardens take time, they change, they move on, they develop like a good wine. 

Cottage garden

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