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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Lupin time

It’s that time again when the sides of the fields and roads are covered with lupins. 


 


Lupins may have started their days in a flower bed on a homestead, but now they grow wild,


 


the abundant seeds having spread from their original gardens to brighten many country roads and highways every June.


 


Looking at the flowers this year, I see far more colours have evolved than I remember as a child growing up in Newfoundland. Mom grew purple,


 


white and pink lupins in a flower bed at the side of the house. Over time, the lupins spread into the lawn and were becoming unmanageable so we removed them. However I love to see them in a garden or in the wild. 


Large lupin patches always catch my eye and my husband and I stop to admire them. The purple, blue, 


 


pink, white, 


 


and the combination flowers are always worth a closer look.


 


The rose coloured ones are a favourite


 

but this peachy colour is pretty special too. 


 


Soon each bloom will form seeds in a bean pod and the sides of the fields and roads will return to the usual green. But, for now, a patch of lupins is one of summer’s rainbows.

39 comments:

  1. Just beautiful! I love the pretty colors of them, Marie. Thanks for sharing your rainbows. :-)

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    1. Lupins brighten the roadways this time of year, Jan.

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  2. I love lupins, which of course do not grow on the prairies. We were admiring lupins just last night on Johnny Harris' show "Still Standing" that featured a small place in Newfoundland.

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    1. They were all over Bell Island in that program, Debra.

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    2. YES, Bell Island -- I couldn't remember the name. All I remembered is that it's in Conception Bay and then Johnny's joke about Contraception Bay, lol.

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    3. I enjoy that program. The one from Fort Mc was great too.

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  3. Beautiful and definitely something to catch the eye. Really lovely scenery and photos. Greetings to you!

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  4. Oh my gosh they are too gorgeous Marie, the colour combinations spectacular! I wonder if lupins would survive our climate, must investigate!

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    1. Another blogger from Australia,

      https://myjustsostory.blogspot.ca/ says lupins are a garden flower in Australia, PDP.

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    2. It might get too hot in Perth. Worth investigating though. They are lovely things.

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    3. Thanks EC I will definitely investigate!

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    4. I am glad you two connected, EC and PDP.

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  5. Love those hardy posies. They grow in gardens here and wild up in the hills.

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    1. They can spread if conditions are right, Celia.

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  6. A beautiful sight and now that they have spread in to the countryside, lots of people can enjoy their beauty.

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  7. Ooooh.
    They are just a garden flower here. And not even a common garden flower.
    Loved seeing this - and your description as summer rainbows is perfect.

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  8. i don't think i know about these!! they certainly have picked the perfect colors to bloom in. they are lovely for a wild flower - thriving, with no care whatsoever from us!!!

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  9. Wonderful! There are similar flowers around here, but I'm sure they're not the same.

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    1. Maybe you could photograph them, Ratty.

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  10. Summer rainbows -- I really like that. I am not in a place where I see them, and I wish I could be -- for awhile, at least.

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    1. I imagine there are lupins in Ontario somewhere, AC.

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  11. I am amazed with their beauty.

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  12. We have lupins here in Idaho, but they are only purple. I wonder if it is because of the soil, what color they become? Gorgeous beauties those peach ones! Wow!

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    1. I wondered sbout it too, Marilyn. The colour has to do with dominant and recessive genes however. The purple is dominant I imagine.

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  13. I don't recall growing up with lupins, Marie, but I have seen them while out-n-about here in the Netherlands. When they grow wild, they are glorious. And their colors are giving me ideas for some of my coloring designs...so, thank you. :)

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  14. Wow! just pretty!I am smiling to those colorful wild lupines!

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    1. They are rainbows on the roadside, Tomoko.

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  15. I love lupins and they did look so good planted on mass. I have only seen them like this in Germany and Scotland. Sarah x

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    1. They are just this way in Newfoundland too, Sarah.

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  16. Gorgeous Lupins! Hard to believe they just grow alongside the roads like that!

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