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When will my lupins and delphiniums return?

I can see no sign yet of lupins and delphiniums that I planted last year, and flowered well. When will I see signs of life? I live in the South West.


  • B3B3 Posts: 24,439
    Make sure the shoots are not being eaten by slugs as they emerge.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • gjautosgjautos Posts: 379
    Id be worried if your delphiniums aren't showing, I'm in the south east and mine are already around 2ft tall. As @B3 says, it might be they are being eaten? Or maybe they died over winter. Not sure about Lupins, I gave up on them as they got munched everytime I tried to grow them!
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,273
    They really should be up by now.
    I am in the North and Lupins are about 2 foot tall and Delphiniums 1 foot.
    Sorry to say, you have probably lost them.
    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,106
    I don't grow delphiniums but the lupins are well up, and I would expect in the South they'd be even further along. It doesn't sound hopeful :(
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Same here, delphiniums and lupins are up, delphinium around two feet tall.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,189
    I gave up on them a long time ago - slug magnets, both of them.
    Plenty of easier plants to grow  :)

    Unfortunately, I think you've had it with those @sarahlouisehot, so maybe worth looking for something to replace them.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 3,539
    Where are my delphiniums? is a commonly asked question at this time of year. It is probably the tiny black slugs that eat them under the soil.
    As @Fairygirl says an opportunity to grow something new. Sometimes we have to move on no point trying the same thing over and over a waste of money, also avoids future disappointment.

    'Tis sweet to visit the still wood,where springs. The first flower of the plain. Longfellow.
  • Many thanks for all your comments. Very helpful. 🙂
  • AstroAstro Posts: 386
    Yeah my lupins are a good foot tall, in the past I've lost them I think due to excessive wet. Delphiniums either got chomped or didn't hold up as my border is quite exposed, they are very nice though so may give them a shot elsewhere.
  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,232
    My delphiniums are nearly a metre tall. The lupins vanished into the aether as they always do. *dramatic sigh*
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