The one and only lupin seed that germinated for me last year yielded a little plant whose tentative, spidery stems and leaves stretched out, trapping raindrops in their centres. No other colours ever appeared, though. No flower. Now, however, I have this mass of clawing leaves on stems not winter-weary, but robust and stocky. And amongst them I have these two wonderful pineapple-like cones of promise with just a sighting of pink hinting at the possible flowers to come!