Did you know that over 50 of the world’s 165, or so, species of lupine can be found here in the Pacific Northwest? Well, I didn’t either, until quite recently. I love seeing the blue expanses of it covering the mountain meadows of Mt. Hood in the summer.
The dainty flowers of these hardy little high-altitude shrubs belie their rugged tenacity. They are legumes, and can fix atmospheric nitrogen into nitrates, which allows them to grow where most other plants can’t. Here they are powering away above timberline at over 6,000 feet above sea level.
The other day, I walked by an arrangement including a type of lupine I had never seen before; Lupinus albifrons. It is native to California and Oregon, and was ingeniously paired with a Corokia cotoneaster. I thought its silvery, somewhat leathery foliage set off the knarly stems and the tiny mouse-ear leaves of the Corokia beautifully. In an otherwise rather uneventful month in my garden, this little inspiration will conclude my contribution to this month’s Foliage Follow-up. To see what other other gardeners around the world are up to, jump over to Pam at Digging down in Austin, TX.
In terms of yesterday’s Bloom Day celebration, I have some exciting tidings regarding one of my most steadfast house plants. I bought this cactus at about the same time as we bought our house seven years ago. Since then, it has more or less tripled in size, but that’s about it. So, imagine my delight when I noticed little green pearls emerging, like buttons on a Victorian coat. This is big news! Were they leaves, or would they become flowers? At this point, it’s clear that they indeed became flowers – fleshy little green ones at that! Pretty cool, methinks – green flowers never fail to appeal to my oddball appreciation. To see other September marvels blooming on our planet, hop on over to Carol at May Dreams Gardens.