My Miracle Lupin (32)
|Russell Lupins / Lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus)|
FOR BOB, who has been posting photos of Lupins in the USA right now
I had heard about the Russell Lupins / Lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus) growing on the banks of Lake Tekapo, in the South Island of New Zealand.
And I have seen many photos showing the lakeshore in stunning colours during the summer months when the Russell Lupins show off their pink, blue, orange, white, purple, red and sometimes yellow display of colours.
But I knew that when we went to Lake Tekapo we had no chance of seeing any at all, as we were travelling there in the second month of Autumn, April 2008.
Here are 2 TREK photos showing the spring / summer Lupins at Lake Tekapo.
But, here is my miracle Lupin. Among the many dead and dying lupin plants this ONE solitary Lupin flower was growing – just for me. I was so excited to see it.
Along the lakeshore of Lake Tekapo, these Russell Lupins will reappear every year after dying off in the winter making the beauty around the region stunning every summer.
The Russell Lupins can grow to 1.5 meters in height with flowers that are displayed in rings which start at the base of the stem and then start to work their way up to the tips. The flowers that adorn the lakeshore of Lake Tekapo on the South Island of New Zealand seem to be in small groups but in areas elsewhere, fields can be covered with Russell Lupins for miles.
BTW, we pronounce and spell them LUPINS