Lupins are beautiful flowering early-summer plants that can be grown from seed or bought. This one (pictured left) I grew from seed quite a number of years ago and it comes up every year and has very striking flowers.
With most plants, there are good years and bad years in terms of growing conditions, climate and pests. Last year I had lots of caterpillars. This year (and every year) I have lots of slugs and snails that nibble and eat young growth. I am constantly pest hunting but sometimes they do win a battle or two!
Below - a lost battle - this is one of my lupin plants that has been devoured as a four course meal by multiple slugs and snails over a number of days.
Oh well, we win some and lose some!
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