After seeing the fabulous lupinus 'masterpiece' on Cleve West's Chelsea garden the Sock just had to have two to cram into her border. Whilst the Sock would have preferred to buy from a local nursery there aren't any so she ordered online from Crocus.
There was a two week wait for the plants - although the Sock noted that Crocus grabbed the dosh from her account straight away. Imagine the Sock's disappointment when the plants turned up to find that both had long woody dead stems on where the flowers had died back and formed seed pods (not shown in the photo as the Sock cut them off) and the other flowering stems were already dying back. There was only one decent newish flowering stem. Both plants appeared to have suffered snail attack as the leaves were pretty well chewed and one even had silver snail trails on it!
The Sock emailed Crocus describing the problem and asking if it was normal for them to send out plants like this and the reply was "I have spoken to one of the plant doctors and he has confirmed this is normal for this type of plant at this time of year." Well it might be in his garden but it certainly isn't in the Sock's because she cuts the dead stems off and protects the plants from snails!!!! Why didn't they send them out immediately is anybody's guess or did they sit around for two weeks waiting for them to fade before doing so.
The Sock believes that these are in fact Cleve West's actual lupins retrieved from the dump they were thrown onto after Chelsea!