Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Lupinus ‘Hidcote’


This was bred specifically for use in the Rose Walk at Hidcote by a local breeder named Maurice. Lupins are not my entirely my favourite, but the bees go off their onion for them so they are undoubtedly worth planting!


The Rose Walk (surprise!) contains roses, but it is planted in such a way as to be the exact opposite to your traditional Victorian rose garden. Here opting instead for a ‘cottage garden’ approach, encompassing a broad plant list that provides a rich jungle of colour and texture, backed up by a strong supporting cast of self-seeders that flit around the place from year to year and delight with their seemingly random appearance! This area was the last created by Johnston and was done so at the suggestion of his friend Norah Lindsay. Lots of interesting roses are just coming into bloom and I will try and pick out the best of the bunch for perusal here!

Rose Walk view


5 comments:

Gardener in the Distance said...

Bertie, that's a magnificent flower, and a magnificent photo, the first one. Are they really as huge as they look? My first ever lupin came up by chance this last spring/summer...I'd not realised their appeal until then.

jayneonweedstreet said...

Ah, A Norah Lindsey reference. Purchased the book written about her, and find her story fascinating....love to see that her good ideas are still thought of so well!

Bertie Bainbridge said...

Faisal - Yes they are quite a sight! Although Lupins are not my favourite they're certainly a joy to behold, especially when assorted bumblebees are buzzing about them!

Bertie

Bertie Bainbridge said...

Jayne - Norah was close friends with Lawrence Johnston and would come and stay at Hidcote often. I just searched Google for books on her and spotted an Alison Hayward one, looks jolly readable so will give it a spin!

Bertie

Beegirl said...

They are goregous!! I love them.. Your photo is breathtaking.

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