De Ree Lupins and Echinaceas

I couldn't resist getting three packets of perennials for £5.

They are crowns of plants in loose dry compost in a plastic bag. Last year I bought some delphiniums in similar packaging and by the time I came to plant them, they were almost completely indistinguishable from the compost. I planted them without much hope and indeed they did not grow.

By gently tipping the bags to and fro I made sure that there were some signs of life in the ones I picked. This post is about the Lupins and Echinaceas. The other packet was a Canna, which I will write about when I decide what to do with it.

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Lupins

There were supposed to be four and that's how many there were, all had plenty of growth. Perhaps too much for this early in the year. One had a very large root, there were two medium sized ones and one smaller than the rest.

Here they are

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Echinacea

This was a packet of three, when I opened it there were two with obvious signs of life, and one that had no such signs. It will be interesting to see if it actually does grow.

Planting

I put each one into its own 1L pot, the largest Lupin was too big so it went into a larger pot. I put them into pots, partly because I'm not sure where they are going yet, and also in case of very cold weather I have the chance to take them inside.

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This will be a series so you can follow the progress as the year progresses.

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