Of the 18 Lupin seeds I planted in seed pots last week, four are already shooting very strongly! On the packet it said that germination would take between 2-3 weeks so these strong ones are a week early (I only planted them a week ago)! So yes; I appear to still have my green fingers in spite of having no access to a garden for many years. I intend to plant these four out within the next fortnight, once they're strong enough, and am going to be buying some ready-grown bedding plants next week as that's an easy way for me to get rid of some of this awful claggy clay soil and replace it with the good compost the ready grown plants come in. I quite like Impatiens and Fushias, and those choices also stop me from making the entire flower bed a sea of blue (my favourite colour). Still no sign of the Forget-Me-Nots, but wasn't expecting them yet; I've also seeded the remaining Lupins outside just to see what happens if the birds don't get them! Of the 18 I seeded indoors I'll get at least 12 I should think so if the outdoor ones don't work out it's not too much of a problem. So I have two questions. Do I need to cut the Lupins back when flowering season ends, or will the stems die on their own? Second question is that I saw a Bleeding Heart shrub at the garden centre; my Grandmother has one and I just fell in love with it. Am I able to plant this in a border or should I place it in a tub? I really can't remember what my Grandmother did with hers! TIA!