Prince Edward Island is covered in rockets and lupins this month. The beautiful blooms appeared just as the dandelion blossoms made way for puffs of seeds. As my husband and I cycle or walk along the trails, we stop to take in the colourful scenes, fleeting moments in a natural flower show which are too beautiful to ignore.
Dame’s Rocket pops up along the Confederation Trail. Bunches of purple, pink and white blooms can be waist high.
Along the boardwalk, it grows between the walkway and the sea. On closer look, the flowers have four petals and blooms in a cluster.
In an industrial area of the city, Dame’s Rocket lines the metal fence which closes off the area from the Confederation Trail. It is such a softening element to the industrial look.
My favourite photos of rockets are those with the sea as a backdrop.
It was the same for the blooming trees. There is a common theme here.
Along the Confederation Trail, lupins or lupines as some refer to them, are abundant in some areas. They spread quickly, so we haven’t found single flowers but huge patches. One such patch, this past weekend within the city limits, caught my focus.
Lupins have a variety of colours and shades, including white.
The pure purples, pinks, rose and blue colours are pretty as they are but I am always drawn to the dabs of white on various colours, dabs of rose on pink or purple on pink.
In this lupin patch, yellow day lilies found a footing. They add an interesting puzzle to the scene. How did the day lilies happen to be there?
Lupin season doesn’t last long but the quest is on for a seaside setting which includes them.