Sunday, June 18, 2006

Lupines and Other Lovelies


Our neighbors up on the hill have a bank of lupines which is really beautiful. I was driving by the other day so I stopped to take some pictures. Yes Annie, I almost always have my camera with me :)



They were mostly the deep purple this year with just a few pinks mixed in. This bank is just before you get to their house.



There's a large pond behind the house and a wonderful perennial garden in front. They are very creative gardeners and have a beautiful location which they make the most of.



Now, here we are back home. Alice wanted to see our lupines, so of course, I took lots of pictures. The pink flowers in front are verbascum. Trying to decide on just a few pictures to post was the hard part!



These are an early daylily (Hemerocallis) in the same garden.



Verbascum again.



And a closeup so you can see how pretty these flowers are on their spikes. They pair nicely with the lupines.



This is the garden where the white tulips were blooming earlier this spring. That red columbine (Aquilegia) is so lovely!



I really love this pink lupine.



Looking towards the road. The sky was a beautiful blue, with white puffy clouds that day.



This is a wild columbine which comes in lovely pastel shades. It seeds very freely...I have to pull some of it out or it takes over.



Here it is in a deeper purple. I love the delicate flower.



This lovely clematis is called Carnaby. It doesn't want to climb the trellis, and when I try to train it by tying it up a little bit it gets temperamental and won't bloom much. I guess I should leave it alone.



One more of the daylilies with the wild columbine. The colors are so pretty together. Posted by Picasa


Thanks very much to everyone who offered their opinions on the names of those flowering trees.
Annie, I think flowering quince might be a good guess on the mystery tree. I'll check it out and let you know what I come up with. Thanks for sharing your vast store of knowledge!

17 comments:

Abandoned in Pasadena said...[Reply]

First of all I want to ask you if your tulip bulbs are still in the ground under these new flowers? This is where I go astray and my garden falls apart. I don't have anything to follow my first blooms of spring.

Your pictures are beautiful as usual...you are a wonderful gardener. I have never seen yellow daylilies like yours...they are unusual. And in your 4th picture, it looks like you are about to have a tornado in the background.

Wendy A said...[Reply]

Kerri,
The lupin pictures reminded me of BC Canada (Vancouver Island). Thanks for that little bit of spring.

Kerri said...[Reply]

Yes Sandy (AIP), the tulip bulbs are still there on the edge, just to the right and a bit below the lupins in picture number 8.
That's probably a rain cloud in the background of pic #4. We had so much rain for a couple of weeks. We awoke to rain pouring down yesterday morning too, but it cleared into a beautiful warm sunny day.
Those yellow daylilies have an unusually small flower for daylilies.
Thanks for the lovely compliment.
Wendy, thanks for visiting. I'd love to see Vancouver Island!

snappy said...[Reply]

Love the lupines and columbines.Very english cottage garden look!i struggle to post a few pics when i take loads..

Tammy said...[Reply]

...as always...lovely!!!
:-D

PEA said...[Reply]

Such beautiful flowers and colours and the pictures you take of them are so very clear and vivid. I saw my first wild columbine a couple of years ago and regret not bringing some home to plant in my flowerbed!

Sue said...[Reply]

Kerri,
Your garden looks spectacular. And thank you so much for sending some SUN our way. Such lovely warm sunshine for our daughter's graduation day.
I'll e-mail you soon..
{{hugs))
Susie

squire said...[Reply]

Thanks for the lovely pictures.

Apple said...[Reply]

Thanks for the lupine pictures. My seeds are just starting to sprout. Mt sister just gave me some columbine today. I wish I'd looked at the pictures before I planted it, I didn't realize that it got that big! My yellow lilies haven't sent up any flower shoots yet. I love the verbascum, I'll have to see who in the garden club has some!

HORIZON said...[Reply]

Kerri,
You must get just the right amount of rain and sunshine- so green where you live and also very colourful. I love the mix you have placed together and think that the wild columbine is beautiful.
Enjoy. :)

mrspao said...[Reply]

I think we call columbines aquilegia here in the UK. They are one of my favourites ;)

Sigrun said...[Reply]

Aquilegia is the botiac name, all over the world! Great photos, Kerri. Some years ago I have had Lupines, but in the moment not. But a lot of aquilegia and hemerocallis.

Sigrun

Reflection Through The Seasons said...[Reply]

Kerri.....
Beautiful photographs of beautiful flowers, isn’t everything simply perfect right now, I love it all. What a terrific show of lupins you photographed.
Mid summer day tomorrow, I can’t believe how quickly the year has flown. Marion

clairesgarden said...[Reply]

those are just lovely flowers and lovely colours. organising one flower to follow another is my downfall too. usually jsut after all the spring flowers I get busy with starting vegetables and the flowers are neglected.

Marlene Depler said...[Reply]

I love the beautiful spikes of the lupines. My granddaughter has a a book about the "lupine lady."

Several years ago I planted a pink lupine in a narrow bed next to my daylilies. It died one winter. But then low and behold, across the walk in my rose bed, a lupine came up! Must have seeded itself from the one I had planted. It is purple! I have left this lupine in my rose garden. Who knows it may seed itself and hop back across into the original bed.

kylieps said...[Reply]

Hi Mum!
I'll take some of those columbines if you're just pulling them out. You're pics are lovely as always.
smooch,
daughter #1

Alice said...[Reply]

All of the flowers look so beautifully strong and healthy - a real cottage mixture. It's funny how different countries use different spelling for the same plant. We don't put an 'e' in lupins, but it's still the same plant. It's been very hard to get lupin seeds in recent years (I think it was due to a disease) but more are becoming available now. Always love aquilegia. I had lots of different colours years ago but many died out. I've recently planted more in the hope of getting a few new ones.

Thanks for the photos, Kerri. I was wondering what colour the lupins were.