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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:

DJan said...

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

Debra She Who Seeks said...

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.

Blogoratti said...

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

PerthDailyPhoto said...

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

Celia said...

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

bill burke said...

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

Elephant's Child said...

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.

Debbie said...

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!!!

Anonymous said...

Truly they are beautiful!

Marie Smith said...

Lupins brighten the roadways this time of year, Jan.

Marie Smith said...

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

Marie Smith said...

They are eye catching for sure.

Marie Smith said...

Another blogger from Australia,

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

Marie Smith said...

They can spread if conditions are right, Celia.

Marie Smith said...

Indeed we do, Bill.

Marie Smith said...

Love the lupins, EC.

Marie Smith said...

They are hardy, Debbie.

Marie Smith said...

They are a favourite, Mildred.

Elephant's Child said...

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

Ratty said...

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

Anvilcloud said...

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.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

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.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Thanks EC I will definitely investigate!

Mage said...

I am amazed with their beauty.

Marie Smith said...

Maybe you could photograph them, Ratty.

Marie Smith said...

I imagine there are lupins in Ontario somewhere, AC.

Marie Smith said...

Wild and free, Mage.

Marie Smith said...

I am glad you two connected, EC and PDP.

Marie Smith said...

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

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

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!

Ginnie said...

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. :)

Marie Smith said...

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

Marie Smith said...

They are glorious, Ginnie.

Tomoko said...

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

Down by the sea said...

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

Marie Smith said...

They are rainbows on the roadside, Tomoko.

Marie Smith said...

They are just this way in Newfoundland too, Sarah.

The Furry Gnome said...

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

Marie Smith said...

I know. Incredible, FG.