Lupins in every show garden – my job is done!
Lupins were the flower of the moment at the Chelsea Flower Show. The show gardens were full of them, their tall, vibrant spikes bringing colour and form to the fabulous displays.
We have always loved lupins but now garden designers have realised just what a wonderful flower they are. Our job is done.
At Chelsea we were back in the Grand Pavilion after a few years’ absence and it was lovely to be part of this show again. The lupins were as unpredictable as ever. Initially they were late due to the cold, damp spring and then the hot weather nearly spoiled them.
Silver-Gilt for West Country Lupins
But they came good and we put on a Silver-Gilt winning display. I was interviewed by the BBC and the publicity has generated a huge interest in our lupins. We have been inundated with orders and I am sorry for any delays in processing them. We are working through the backlog as fast as we can.
Chelsea was a wonderful experience. It is an extremely busy show and the whole ground was heaving with people. If you want to get a good view of everything you need to be there early. It is a complete contrast to Malvern where we were earlier in the month.
Malvern – an informal show
Malvern is more informal and the backdrop of the marvellous hills is magnificent. There is more space, the plants feel fresher and it is a much more relaxed than Chelsea. However, both give us the chance to meet existing customers and to extol the virtues of lupins. It is also an opportunity for us to see our lupin groupies and familiar faces who have visited us over many years.
Away from the shows the warm wet weather has resulted in the best display ,of wisteria for many years, their delicate purple and white blossoms blanketing walls in colour. It is beginning to fade now but in its place are swathes of clematis in every shade of pink, purple and cream. Its dense foliage provides perfect nesting spots for sparrows and tits. Early in the morning the noise in the garden is deafening as the birds chatter away. Last year squirrels stole my peony buds but not this year. I love the big, blousy blooms and treasure their short existence.
Gardening tips – don’t cut down the foliage of daffodils, tulips and other flowering bulbs. They need their leaves to build up next year’s bulbs so you will just have to live with the messy look for a few more weeks. Carry on planting summer bedding, including achillea, geraniums and delphiniums for colourful displays through to autumn. You can still plant lupins too!