Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Hesperis (Sweet Rocket) and Lupins

Hesperis matronalis 'Purple-Violet'

The Hesperis and Lupin grown from seed last July are now in flower in two of the college borders. Hesperis matronalis 'Purple-Violet' (Sweet Rocket) has been in flower since the beginning of May, numerous clusters of sweet scented purple flowers fill the corner behind the Catalpa tree. However in the recent heavy rain of June the plants at the front of the border have been flattened, the final height being taller than the 3ft that was expected, perhaps they should have been planted further back in the border to prevent this from happening.
The Lupinus polyphyllus 'Noble Maiden' (Lupins) are creating many towers of erect creamy-white spikes emerging through the neighbouring plants in the Provost's Lodging borders.
Both these plants are new to the gardens and have been a success so will, no doubt, be grown again.
To read about these plants whilst in the greenhouse as plugs refer to blog entry for the 26th August 2015 'Lupins, Sweet Rocket, Sweet William and Wallflowers'.    

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