Is it me or are Lupins going out of fashion? Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s when I was married we had a huge flower bed full of long established Lupins of all sorts of colours. I've always liked them because I think they look gorgeous in flower and quite decorative even when not.
I was only reminded of them today because I was standing waiting for the Doctors' surgery to open this afternoon to collect a prescription and was staring at the garden of the house next door - as you do - and they had three Lupin plants just about to flower. This reminded me I haven't seen any others for ages.
Lupins, Hollyhocks and Delphiniums have always been among my favourite flowers and it seems a pity if these mainstays of English cottage gardens are dying out.