Monday, June 04, 2007
The lupines are blooming in the garden now and its always a joy and surprise to see what colours I end up with. Originally I planted blue and pink Lupines about 5 years ago. I let them reseed and pull what volunteers show up in any unwanted areas. Each year, since they cross pollinate the colours seem to change. This years there seem to be many white ones, but in years past I've had yellows, purples, even some corals. The first plants where 'Gallery Mix' Lupines which are shorter (18 to 24 inches) than the Russell Lupines and often bloom the first year. They are not a long lived perennial usually only lasting 2 or 3 years. Keep in full sun with constantly moist well drained soil, and as with many Lupines, watch for aphids and powdery mildew.