Day 96: dewdrops on lupins

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

Lupin foliage with hellebore flowers and a smattering of early morning dew

Lupin foliage with hellebore flowers and a smattering of early morning dew

Lupins don’t reach their full show-stopping potential till next month, at which point their colourful spires take centre stage in the beds and borders. And it’s so easy to think of a plant in terms of its attention-grabbing flowers, while entirely overlooking its foliage. At this time of year as fresh, new growth bursts from the ground, it’s worth spending some moments in meditation over the bright green leaves of a lupin – particularly in the morning when, after a heavy fall of dew, water droplets run down the midrib of each leaflet to gather in the centres, and the early sunlight catches the downy hair defining the edges. Raindrops on roses might get all the attention, but dewdrops on lupins will do me just fine.


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