I hate having to cut off a flowering spike on a Lupin! It feels wrong, almost murderous, but I know that by cutting down a spike which is almost finished blooming, it will help the plant to produce more beautiful blooms.
The first week of June has been all about gorgeous blooms working together to create a tapestry of colour which seems to bursting out everywhere.
You may remember last month that I told you which six plants were my absolute must-haves for the garden, and asked you which ones were yours? The response was overwhelming! I hope that the following choices from a wide readership make you think about your own plant choices, and inspire you!
After so many weeks of warm, dry weather, the garden and I were doing a happy dance this week to see some rainfall! It is amazing how the combination of rainfall followed by sunshine really makes everything in the garden so much more lush!
A walk round the garden this week in between rain and 50mph winds, reveals signs of great hope: buds and bulbs fighting their way to emerge! Amidst the bleak mid-winter, these pops of green are quite simply a joy to behold!
If there is one flower in my garden that I get more compliments on than any other, it would be my absolutely lovely Lupins!
Don't despair if you are forever lamenting the tall plants in your garden flopping over or snapping, have a look at some plant supports which would suit the type of plant you wish to keep upright and fall back in love with height in your borders!