Thursday, 23 April 2009

I've had 'Cleve West's' babies!


Yes - the Sock has nurtured and given birth to some seedlings from the 'Masterpiece' Lupins she bought last year after seeing them in Cleve West's garden which 'medalled'* at Chelsea last year.

OK most of you do this all the time - but the Sock doesn't grow much from seed so it is still an incredible excitement to do so from seeds she has harvested herself and kept in the fridge over the winter.

Will they come true to colour? Will they flower this year? Will some of them survive the journey to Fat Rascal's house in France where they have been promised a place in her new 'red bed'. Will the original lupins from last year ever re-shoot from the one living root? Will the new greenhouse arrive just in time to save the world?

Or will the whole wonderful dream be sabotaged by snails the minute they go out into the garden?

*medalled is ghastly sports speak for achieving a medal as in "Did you medal at Chelsea, dahling?" It is bad but not as bad as "this is a big ask"!

19 comments:

Ms B said...

Ah, the proud mama moment. You never stop worrying about them, even when they are all growed up & you have to let them make their own way in the world.

Oh, & don't get me started on annoying modern-speak............
'Lets give it up for.....' is just one of the many. Give what up exactly?

emmat said...

that is a brilliant headline worthy of the Sunday Sport

I very much hope your lupins are nice but I have a feeling they are one of those things that has to be F1 to come true.

On the up-side, if they don't come true you can sue Cleve for mispaternity

Arabella Sock said...

What!!!!!!! This is terrible! If they don't turn out well I will hunt CW down!

This is why I never had children - you never know what you are going to get. What if they are all those horrible puked-up pastel colours? (the lupins that is not the children).

It's a good job Ms B took pity on me not having an Easter egg and sent me a late chocolate bunny today. Very 'late' as it happens as I have just eaten its head!

Arabella Sock said...

PS. When will I find out the possible bad news? Will they flower this year?

VP said...

They should flower this year and they will still probably be gorgeous even if they don't come true.

Unless of course you have a very specific colour scheme in mind in which case they will probably be totally different out of spite.

'Blue sky thinking' and 'let's put that on the back burner' are particular pet hates of mine.

Arabella Sock said...

Hi VP - I don't mind too much as long as they are not limp lemon colours such as the only other lupins I had in my garden which thrived. THis has put me in a quandary though... if I send some to Fat Rascal they might turn out to be the best ones and then I will be really sorry (not wishing to be overly selfish or anything).

I should have propagated the Matthew Wilson 'caryopteris' (bought after seeing it on his RHS balcony design last year). I might have had twins!!

Fat Rascal said...

Cleve has fertile seed, they have certainly popped up since we last spoke about them.

I have a lupin friendly garden for reasons unknown to me, so if my adopted babies thrive and prosper they can be repatriated to their biological parents, no problem.

Arabella Sock said...

By the way.. you may notice from the lupin piccie that the ones down one side are more advanced than the others. I did an experiment with the seeds

One line I scraped the seeds down an emery board - these all hatched first and are the advanced ones.

One line I soaked overnight - these came up last.

One line I did nothing at all too and these came up next

One line I soaked overnight - these came up last.

Overall germination was about 85%.

James A-S said...

85% is much better than Cleve usually manages. He will be terribly pleased, I think he was worried that he getting a bit old.

Arabella Sock said...

Haha ha ha! And I worried that my headline might be overly personal and tasteless!

HappyMouffetard said...

Don't get too fond of your and Cleve's progeny - the snails will be salivating at 100 yards (if snails do in fact salivate). Guard them well!

Juliet said...

I didn't actually have anything to say about lupins, but I just wanted to mention that wv is catep. Are your cats making an ep, by any chance? (Do they still make eps or is music all too digital now? - ooh, I see they do).

VP said...

PS I still have a 'Peach Flambe' here - are you still interested?

Anonymous said...

It adds a whole to dimension to the idea of plant supports doesn't
it?
Will he pay for lupin support do you think?
Anonjan

Arabella Sock said...

VP - nearly missed that one. Peach flambé, yes I am. I think I eventually got one last year but it looks a little unhappy and could do with another one to keep it company.

I'll swap you for some of Cleve's babies if you want. LOL!

Maggi said...

I'm quite sure your babies won't be the sickly yellow sort (I agree quite the nastiest of lupins). With such parents haw could they be anything but beautiful?

WV is deheel. Is that what you need to do to take cuttings?

Pork Chop said...

Glad to see your lupins are flourishing Arabella. I just had to post on here because the wv was irresistable - racycar. F1 here I come?

VP said...

And today's WV is panine, which looks like it should be the very big plural of panini.

So all we've got to do is to work out how to get your plant to you!

PS how do you do French accents on words in blogland?

Arabella Sock said...

CTRL, ALT e all pressed at the same time will get you é

My Cleve Wests seem to have run out of steam...nothing much is happening now. Is this usual? LOL!