Lupine Garden Done pics

newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)May 14, 2010

Here are pictures of the Lupine Garden. I am sooooo pleased at how this turned out.

Closeup

Looking back toward the pond area.

This shot was taken from near the pond looking back towards the lupines.

Here you can see how it ties in with the daylily garden on the slope off my driveway.

And that area of the garden were they are planted.

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kathi_mdgd

They look so good.I'll have to check to see if we can grow them here in S.Calif.Have never seen them at the nurseries,that i remember anyway.TFS
Kathi

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 9:22PM
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memo(Zone 4B Nebraska)

Front and Center, a perfect spot! I love lupines and I have the hardest time getting them to grow. I hope yours do very well there.

MeMo

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 11:16PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I hope these things really are perennial and come back each year. I have just absolutely flipped over them LOL!

I do also have the two upstairs in back in the little pocket garden. But these here are more noticable all the time.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 11:22PM
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tammyinwv(z6/WV)

I just got my first Lupine blooms too. Although (so far) my flower heads look much smaller than yours.I always thought they were taller too. But mine are only about 2 ft tall.

Tammy

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 4:19AM
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gldno1

Yours are beauties. They don't do so well in my area. I guess to much heat and humidity. I had one deep purple that was spectacular but just annual.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 4:58AM
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lisa33(6b Bucks County PA)

Very pretty! I was happy to see that the lupines I purchased this year are budding. Thanks for the preview of what I can expect!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 5:37AM
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lilyday(6)

If the lupine do well in your area and my guess is they will since you were able to buy them in a local nursery they will come back. I sowed some seed last year but I did't think they did much. I was very surprised when a couple of them reappeared this spring and they are sending up blooms.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 7:09AM
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schoolhouse_gw

Nice. I bet the Lupines will like that dappled sun area.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 9:44AM
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lynnencfan(7b/8aNC)

Very pretty Rita - I envy those of you who can grow lupines and really enjoy seeing pictures of your gardens with them in full bloom. We are too hot and humid here to have any success - thanks for sharing .....

Lynne

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 10:19AM
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sweetannie4u(midOK_z6b/7a)

Lovely Rita!
Quite a backdrop there for them, too. How far back does your property go? Love the trees.

The wild Lupines in California are one of my Mum's favorite flowers. We used to go for long walks up in the foothills in the Spring to take in all the splendorous beauty of the Wildflowers. Miles and miles of colors as if someone had liberally painted the sides of the foothills and mountains in broad strokes of colors. Aaahhh....

I have tried and tried to get the Russell Lupines to grow on my property with no luck so far. They sell them in our garden centers and nurseries. I do have a few Texas Bluebonnets that come back every year, but they look best in massive waves of color...with Scarlet Paintbrush. Hardly noticeable when there are only three or four.

How I wish I could successfully grow the big beauties.
I cannot recall their fragrance.

Thanks for sharing.
~Annie

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 2:21PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Well, I have not had Lupines in years. I did have them maybe 20 years ago when we dug up some from a field that was going to be bulldozed for condos. Had them for years and then eventually they died out but I don't remember why.

As far as the nurseries selling them here so they must be ok, that nursery I bought them at is the only local nursery I have ever seen them in. So we will see how them do.

There are shrubs in back of that bed that are mine but any trees in the picture are accross the street. My property is just a normal suburban sized lot. In those pictures with the shrubs in the backround you are in my front yard looking towards the street.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 2:48PM
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tammyinwv(z6/WV)

I love the jewel tones much better than the pale color of the ones I have blooming.They really look pretty in that dappled shade
Tammy

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 3:02PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

They did have some other colors. Like a very pale bubblegum pink and some two tones, white and whatever. I just didn't like them that much so choose these colors. What drew me to them in fact was the strong colors.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 3:21PM
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sweetannie4u(midOK_z6b/7a)

Gorgeous strong colors! Me like!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2010 at 4:10PM
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threedogsmom(6b Carroll Valley PA)

Great Job ! They are like exclamation points in the garden, almost surreal in the brightness/saturation of color and the design of the flowers. It's also pretty cool how water looks on the leaves. I cannot grow them in my garden, sadly.
I also love delphiniums - do you like those, Rita ? There are some beautiful colors in delphiniums and the varied heights available make them a dream for mixing into the backs of borders. Another one I have to buy in bloom as use as an annual...
Amy

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 9:01AM
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scottyboipdx(8)

Those lupine are gorgeous...pretty much all my favorite colors in one spot! I love how deeply saturated the colors are...they make such a great, strong statement, I'm sure that spot will look better and better each year...nice job!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 9:27AM
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Nancy zone 6

How did I miss these photos! I love lupines. The only ones I've ever grown were the deep blue ones, they lasted several years then died off. Lupines don't really like the humidity here much. I love the rich colors of yours, they look great together.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 10:05AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

It gets hot and humid here in summer, especially in August. But it doesn't last as long as it does down south. I am really hoping the climate here on Long Island agrees with them. I want them to stay here for a long time.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 11:06AM
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organic_kitten(8)

They are really pretty. I love the whole effect. I knoow they will not do well here, but couldn't resist a small order. Good job, as usual, Rita.
kay

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 11:48AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

My fault for egging you on LOL!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 12:27PM
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organic_kitten(8)

Ah well, No harm done.
kay

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 4:18PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I had to go out this morning and scatter the Sluggo Slug Bait on those lupines. Both the ones here in the Lupine Garden and the little tiny ones from American Meadows in the annual garden have been eaten on something fierce by those darn sluggs. I guess the lupine folliage must be tasty as the daylily folliage and lily folliage near there is pretty much left alone.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 1:30PM
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lois(PA Zone 6)

Really beautiful.. I planted some lupine seedlings this spring and they don't seem to have grown much. I hope they take off and become as pretty as yours!

Lois in PA

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 6:21PM
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corgitrbl

Dennis Moore on his horse Concord -
He steals from the rich and gives to the poor
Dennis More hmmm hmmm hmmm Dennis Moore.

So much for the Lupines.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 8:57PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I can't figgure what that last is all about.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2010 at 9:15PM
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corgitrbl

MONTY PYTHON!!!

LUPINE SKETCH!!!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2010 at 3:05PM
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catscottage

Very pretty. You have been working hard.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2010 at 3:25PM
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dyhgarden(7b)

Quite lovely! I love the structure and colors.

(they won't be growing here due to the zone)

    Bookmark   May 27, 2010 at 3:38PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I just cut off the last flower spike of the lupines as it was going to seed. Pretty good run for flowers. Now I am hoping I get fall rebloom also. But I think the spring run was pretty good considering these are new first year plants.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2010 at 5:38PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Well, I may have been thrilled with that Lupine Garden last spring, in deed I was. But I am a lot less thrilled this spring. In the back of my mind I was thinking of adding to the Lupines this year but instead I have to go out to buy new ones to replace most of those that were already there. But we did have an unusually hot summer with record breaking heat spells last year. And 6 weeks of no rain in July. Of course I watered the Lupines everyday but its not the same as rain and rain cool things down.

So three of the plants in that grouping have come up. I have been watching closely and I am sure this is it, there is no sign of even dried out roots on most of the rest of them.

I am going to try again. I am going to go back to the nursery I bought these at and buy replacement plants for this section of garden. I doubt I will enlarge it though.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2011 at 4:14PM
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organic_kitten(8)

Hey,
I would be glad to plant them as annuals, but there aren't any here.
kay

    Bookmark   April 6, 2011 at 6:28PM
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schoolhouse_gw

Your lupines are so beautiful. Some colors come back longer than others, and all hate wet feet. I see I only have one left, and I noticed last month it was nearly up out of the ground from where a varmint must have tunneled under it. There was new green growth, so I pushed the plant back down into the soil; but the other day I checked and the whole thing was brown. I probably should have left it alone.

I will be buying new ones, too.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2011 at 6:31PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I am looking at it this way, at least some of them came back. And if it had been a normal summer weather and rain and temperature wise I think they would have been ok. They just are soooooooo pretty.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2011 at 7:51PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Besides the Lupine Garden, I had also planted a row of little lupine plants I ordered from Bluestone over on the other side of the house. They all came up this spring. Here is one of them.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2011 at 1:12PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

So since only afew of those Lupines in the Lupine garden came back this spring (and they are small plants no were near as big as they were last year when planted) yesterday I went out to the nursery were I bought the Lupines last year and bought 10 new ones. I just planted them right now. No pictures yet because they still have to be mulched which I am not going to do today. It's going to rain and I have other garden chores to do today before I finish up.

But in spite of my lack of success first thing this spring the Lupine garden is back.

I was early going to buy them as there are no flower stalks yet and last year the flowers showed color when I bought them. So I had to go by the color named on the tag. But even within the colors there is a variation so if you can see the blooms you can pick out the shades you like the best. But I was so worried that they would sell out (they did quickly last year) that I wanted them now so that I would have my Lupine Garden back. My nightmare was that I would go to find the plants all sold so early is better LOL!

I picked 4 of the blue, 4 of the red and two pink. I didn't have pink last year.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 3:55PM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

Soooooo pretty. All I have ever seen is the Texas bluebonnet.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 9:01PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Last year's photo was very beautiful. Hope your replacement lupines give you another beautiful bed.

I am pleased to see that my three ws (last year) lupines have come back and hope they have lots of blooms.

Did you watch the special on returning life to Mt. St. Helen's? The first sign of life in the barren area after the eruption was a lupine.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2011 at 10:42PM
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HerbLady49(Z6 PA)

Just lovely, I haven't grown them in years. You really inspired me.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 9:50AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I really flipped for those Lupines when I saw some in bloom at that nursery last year. I missed the special, sorry.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 10:36AM
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organic_kitten(8)

I think I will just sit here and sulk!
kay

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 12:34PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

I look at my own pictures of the Lupines blooming last year and the lovely little Lupine Garden and you know that there was no way I wasn't going to go back out to that nursery and buy more plants for this spring to redo the garden. It will look a little different this year but I figgure it should look just as good.

By the way, I also bought little plants from American Meadows last year but those are gone, none left all died. The ones from Bluestone Perrenials were the ones I had great luck with overwintering, they are growing nicely this spring. Hope they bloom this spring.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2011 at 12:53PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

So here it all planted, mulched and redone.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 12:09PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Looks great. I can hardly wait to see them blooming!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 3:02PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Me too LOL! I think they should start at the end of this month. Maybe sooner.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 3:13PM
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lois(PA Zone 6)

I tried growing lupines last year but they melted away in the heat. Are there types that do well in the heat or in clay? Do lupines mind being crowded by other plants?

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 4:04PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Lupines send down long tap roots. Plus they need good drainage. I would think they would rot in the clay.

They don't like excessive heat. We had record breaking heat last summer and six week spell (during heatwave) with no rain. I am sure thats why some of mine died on me. I am hopeful that this year will be more of a normal year and give the lupines a chance to get established.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2011 at 4:17PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

They really like being out of their pots and in ground. Have really greened up and are growing like crazy.

Bloom spikes are starting to show up!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2011 at 1:26PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

The redone garden is really starting to bloom. Lots of pictires to add today.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2011 at 1:05PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

They are so beautiful! I wish we could grow them here. Thank you for sharing them with those of us in the hot areas.
Renee

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 12:40AM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Lovely. In NZ, there are fields and fields of them growing wild. I just love them.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 9:56AM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Fields and fields of wild lupines, now that would be a sight to see :-))

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 11:50AM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

For you, Rita: From Drop Box

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 5:07PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Oh my goodness! Stunning! I don't know what to say. I can't imagine walking thru a meadow like that and with the snow capped mountains in the backround. I expected wild lupines to be all blue ones or the purple blue but there are pink ones also.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 5:21PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

There were also a few white ones. It was lovely. I finally insisted we stop at one meadow, so I could walk and take pictures (DS and DH also didn't understand my need for a picture of some of the 44 million sheep-teehee). Once we stopped, though, they were both entranced. This was near the 45th parallel as we were on our way to Milford Sound. I have been so tempted to try them here in Northern Virginia, but I know they would not survive our hot, humid summers. i will, therefore, live vicariously through you and enjoy your wonderful lupines!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 7:06PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Of couse you had to stop. Much too beautiful to pass up!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2011 at 7:13PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Lupines today-

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 4:23PM
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cyn427(z7aN. VA)

Those colors are incredible! I will never get tired of seeing pictures of your gardens-they are just wonderful!

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 7:15PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Thanks! :-)) Those are just a very few of the bloom stalks. There are so many more that are not showing yet as they are still small, green and down in the folliage.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2011 at 8:30PM
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sarahrock(6)

That lupine field pic is just stunning!

Actually, I remember last spring seeing these lupine pics on here and bemoaning the fact that I have no room left in my yard for making my own lupine bed. Now I'm despairing about it again... I just love them!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2011 at 3:02PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Just adding new pics from today to update my thread.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2011 at 1:35PM
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mcpeg(5a)

Rita, thank you for sharing your photos. This is my first spring in a our new home in the country built last fall. I've started about 30 lupines this winter from spring and have planted about 20 now. 10 are reserved for a friend. Mine are tiny - this year from previous gardening experience I expect only green growth as the roots establish.

I LOVE your photos and really appreciate the update this spring. I've grown lupines where ever I lived. Even if a few. They are so rewarding.

You've inspired me to get back at digging out old roots from the hillside and get gardening some more.

Cheers,
Peggy in Ontario Canada
Zone 5b

    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 3:57PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Thanks, Peggy. I did love the Lupine Garden Last year but it has turned out even better this year. They are such beautiful plants.

I am sure your little guys will be blooming size next spring. When I put in little plants last spring, they only grew but no blooms that first year.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2011 at 4:18PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Many have gone to seed now so they don't look as good as they did. Still pretty though.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 1:57PM
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natalie4b(7b GA)

They are stunning!!! I would love to grow lupins this year - yours are so healthy and happy. It was a joy looking at the pictures - thanks, Rita!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2011 at 6:39PM
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natalie4b(7b GA)

I have a chance to purchase Lupine seeds at discount in bulk with free shipping (very tempting!) from Eden Brothers. They offer a variety of them - annuals, perennials, wild ones, etc. Which are the toughest and tallest?
Thanks!
Natalie

    Bookmark   November 25, 2011 at 6:37AM
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natalie4b(7b GA)

Rita, I have purchased a bunch of various Lupine seeds - you've inspired me! Will plant them soon, as soon as I figure out the best time and way to direct sow them. Thank you!!!
Natalie

    Bookmark   December 9, 2011 at 8:41PM
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Ladysmith08

Gorgeous! I love these photos! My Lupines were planted last spring and produced a fine mound of leaves about 18 inches tall. Perennials bloom the second year and these created quite a show. They were 5 feet tall and almost 3 feet wide! I'm eager to plant some pink ones to go with the purple ones. Perhaps they will bloom next year if I get them started soon.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 9:39PM
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steelskies(5)

I have planted lupines probably 5 different years, and I STILL don't have any that came back! I'm in Wisconsin, it isn't that hot and humid here. I thought I planted them in well drained soil.

Should I plant them in more semi-shade? I don't know why I can't grow these!!!! Very frustrating! Anyone?

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 3:13PM
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pondwelr(z5 WI)

I started Lupines from seed (Russel) some years ago, and they reseeded for quite awhile. Eventually died off.
They seem to need open soil nearby to replenish themselves, or at least mulched areas. Now, after 14 years, I will reseed and watch for the plants to show up again. I am in Wisconsin too, steelskies, and they seem to love it here. Pondy

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 5:39PM
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NHBabs z4b-5a NH

For me lupines aren't really perennial, but I always have some since I let some of them go to seed each year. I think for me it's more that the voles really like them and after two years in the garden those big juicy roots are just too yummy for the voles to miss. They might just be blooming themselves to death, though. I remove those that I don't want where they have planted themselves and let the rest just do their thing.

This post was edited by nhbabs on Thu, Jan 1, 15 at 19:46

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 8:35PM
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daphnexduck(Z8 Tacoma, WA)

I've only grown lupines once - about 30 years ago on the Pacific Coast just south of San Francisco. They did beautifully and I was so proud of them until...one day they turned black with aphids. And I mean BLACK! Solidly covered! I tried washing the aphids off but they came back and the plants promptly died.

Anyone else have this problem? Any solutions? After seeing these lovely photos I want to try again!

Daphne in Tacoma

    Bookmark   December 31, 2014 at 7:26PM
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