The Lupin - A Tall Perennial Plant

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Introducing The Lupin

Many of the beautiful flowers in our garden have a beautiful name to match. The name captures our attention even before we see its perfect form, its scent or its colour.

The name "Lupin" may not excite and inspire you, but this beautiful perennial flower is sure to please.

The name ‘Lupin’ derives from the Latin word lupinus (meaning wolf) as the plant tended to ravage the land on which it grew.

Also known as the Lupine, it is a tall perennial, the garden variety grows 1 - 3 feet tall.

It appears to stand to attention, regal, proud and erect, and adds a touch of class to any garden.

It’s got a lot going for it, let’s look beyond the name.

If you are planning a garden or looking for something to fill a space in an existing one, here is your perfect plant to add some height and colour.

The Lupin flowers are produced on an erect spike and are a "pea" flower shape, they have an upper standard and two lateral wings and two lower petals, due to their shape they are also known as "Blue Bonnets".

I bought one packet of Lupin seeds and planted them initially in trays of compost in the greenhouse in February.

Then planted the young seedlings on into small pots, I ended it up with far too many plants, which I passed on to grateful friends and family.

I planted them in the garden in April, these are non fussy plants and will grow practically anywhere in any type of soil.

To my delight they started flowering a few weeks later and were a mass of different colours.

There are few flowers that will bloom throughout the summer season, but the Lupin does just that!

After the first flowering cut the plant right back to a few inches high, you will be amazed how quickly it will grow back.

Within a few weeks it will be flowering again.

Don’t forget to "dead head" the stems as the flowers die, it will reward you!

My 2 year old Lupin has been flowering for 6 months and is an absolute delight.

At the end of the summer season, cut the plant right back to a few inches and it will flower again next year.

Although it’s name is a little boring and dull, the flowers are delightful and the colours vibrant, a plant to enjoy and enhance your garden!

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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Movie Master! My gosh, the lupin is beautiful. And your photos are as awesome as ever. You don't just have a garden, Movie Master - you have your own garden of Eden! Voted up, up and away! Beautiful flower!


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Terishere 5 years ago

Hi Movie master! I think the name "Lupin" is rather cool and unique! And my goodness, it is beautiful!!

Thanks for writing this hub! I had never heard of the Lupin...

Terri


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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

Awesome Movie Master. It must be an amazing experience to observer the growing process.Oddly, the flower pedals remind me of a tightly strung balloons like we put up at the tire stores. I like the article very much. Great with my first cup of coffee. The 3rd pic is cool showing the blossoms contrasting with the buds. Have a great day


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peanutroaster 5 years ago from New England

My experience with lupine are that they are a weed. They look good for a few weeks and then turn brown and ugly and spread all over.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Your garden is beautiful. The photos are tremendous.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Gorgeous a hundred times over. I love Lupins and other flowers of that type. Your "how to care" for them is helpful too. I love your Hubs and always look forward to them.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dex, you are always such a welcome visitor to my garden!

I was delighted with this show of Lupin's, all from one packet of seed and all different colours.

Thank you for your complimentary comments and voting, best wishes


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Teri, I'm so pleased I've been able to share a flower that's new to you. I think the Lupin is a real beauty!

Take care and enjoy your day:-)


writer20 5 years ago

Lupine's are beautiful, if only i couls grow them here in this awful heat. Great hub Movie Master


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tsmog, it's good to see you, I think your description of the flowers is perfect, they are just like small balloons.

They come in such an array of colours and are a delight all summer long.

Thank you for visiting my garden, I have just been spending some time in your wonderful tranquil place, take care and happy gardening!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi peanutroaster, what a shame you haven't had any success with the Lupin, that's disappointing perhaps it's the wild variety.

Thank you for dropping by and your comments.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Mike, Thank you, I always enjoy your visits and your lovely comments, take care.


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

In that they grow in this upward pattern is unusual and beautiful. Great photos and a few facts about this unusual flower made my morning.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Hyphenbird, Lupin's have always been one of my favourites, having grown so many this year from a packet of seeds, they have made a beautiful colourful display all summer long.

Thank you for your great comments, your visits and support mean a great deal to me, best wishes.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Good Morning Reynold, yes the tall spikes are unusual and beautiful, It's quite a flower and makes a statement in any garden.

Thank you for visiting and your comments, glad you enjoyed your visit and enjoy the rest of your day!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello writer20, what a pity you can't grow Lupins. Be sure to visit my garden as often as you like and share mine, it's always great to see you!

Enjoy your day.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

I liked the fact that the "Lupin" is a Perennial Flower that can flower for 6 months...How great is that...Wondering if I can grow one here in N.J. Movie Master, thanks once again for a Lovely, Informative Hub!


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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa

Gorgeous photos! I've never tried growing lupin. I'll look into adding it to my garden next year.


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi MM,

I miss your beautiful garden. The lupin is absolutely gorgeous - I can't believe all the different colors!!! Will you be having another "open day" soon?

Cloverleaf.


SusieQ42 5 years ago

Okay, now you got me wanting to plant Lupins. No, no nasty rash. lol. They are lovely! Thanks for this great treasure of a hub.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Beautiful flower. Beautiful hub.


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mondkill 5 years ago

I don't know much about flower, this kind of flower is new to my ear and I find it pretty and cute.

I like looking at beautiful flowers! Nice hub Movie Master..

The name Lupin reminds me of an anime character Lupin the third, a funny anime...hehehe...

PS: They look like candy LOL...


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello b.Malin, I think the Lupin will grow for you in NJ, it's certainly worth trying, it's very hardy and non fussy and you are in 'The Garden State'!

Mine is still flowering now, just remember to cut right back after the first flowering and a couple of weeks later it's blooming again, blooming marvellous in fact:-)

Thank you so much for dropping by, I love and appreciate your visits.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Deborah, Lupins make a wonderful addition to any flower border, I think you will enjoy them in your garden.

Thank you for visiting and your comments and good luck with growing Lupins!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Cloverleaf, I was delighted with all the different coloured Lupins from one packet of seed, some were one colour and quite a few were two tone colours,

Unfortunately you were here before they all bloomed!

Maybe we should have another open day - but you can come whenever you like!! x


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Susie, I think the Lupin is a very under-estimated flower and deserves a far more colourful name!!

I'm quite excited that you may be growing some, I am sure you will enjoy them, let me know!

Thank you so much for visiting and your comments, enjoy your day!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Sue, Yes I agree, the Lupin is a beautiful flower and so easy to grow.

Thank you for dropping by and your comments, best wishes and enjoy your day!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello mondkill, Thank you for visiting my garden, your visits are like a breath of fresh air!

I think the Lupin is a strange name for such a beautiful flower!

Many thanks for your comments, best wishes and enjoy your day.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Brilliant Movie Master,

I particularly liked this one because we had some beautiful Lupins this year; White/pink and Lilac.

I am bookmarking this one plus voting up.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Eiddwen, I think the Lupin excelled in our strange summer climate this year, I love those lilac ones.

Thank you so much for visiting and your comments, take care and see you soon.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Lupin, I want all of the different colors, they are beautiful. I enjoy your pictures and your tips on growing plants are priceless.. Thank you....


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruby, all the different coloured Lupins growing together in the border was quite a display!

Thank you so much for visiting and your great comments, it's very much appreciated, take care and see you soon.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

I simply adore lupins and this article is brilliant. The photos are fantastic and the colours superb.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Your Lupins are so beautiful with amazing colors! The Lupin is really an asset in every garden. Here we have a wild Lupin mostly in blue and white and I love them too. The only trouble with the wild sort is that they spread uncontrollably if I don't take away the seeds after blooming. But I like them anyway and I would love to have some like in your photographs here.

Thank you for the inspiration,

Tina


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

This was so beautiful flower. I really all description and stunning pictures as well. My father loves gardening too, I'll show this hub to him. Well done, my friend. Vote up! Have a nice weekend...

Prasetio


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

oh my! What a magnificent hub and flower! You have more than a green thumb . . . you have a green hand, arm . . . body!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello acaetnna, The Lupin is one of my favourites as well, glad you enjoyed the hub,thank you for visiting and your fabulous comments, enjoy your weekend!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Tina, I hope you manage to grow some cultivated lupins in your garden, I was so impressed with my display from one packet of seed and I gave a lot of plants away as well!

Thank you for visiting and your comments, have a great weekend!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi prasetio, I'v enjoyed sharing one of my favourite flowers with everyone, I hope your Father enjoys looking at the photos as well.

Thank you for visiting my garden, the vote and your comments, take care and enjoy your weekend!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sally, your comments are so funny!!

Thank you so much for visiting my garden, I enjoyed your company:-)

Have a great weekend!


A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

These pictures are breathtaking Movie Master. You are a

very talented artist in your photographs and your garden!

Great Hub and lovely flower. Voted up and awesome. :)

Regards,

A.CreativeThinker


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

Great pictures,Thanks for posting


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello A.CreativeThinker, thank you so much for your compliments, you are very kind, and it's very much appreciated, in fact it's made my day!!

I hope you enjoy yours, take care!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello htodd, thank you for your visit and comments, glad you enjoyed the pictures.

Take care and enjoy your day1


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iZeko 5 years ago

YAY! I’m glad it’s not Lupus, but Lupin ;-))) Gorgeous flower! Your garden is like eye candy.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

OMG - these photos are soooooo beautiful! You have such a gift. Lupin is one of my favorite flowers. and I thank you for an informative and lucious Hub. Voted up!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello iZeko, Lupin it's such an ugly name for the gorgeous flower that it is!

Many thanks for visiting and your great comments, enjoy your day and take care!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Audrey, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos, the Lupin is a fabulous flower and one of your favourites too!

Thank you for visiting and your wonderful comments, they mean a great deal to me!


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

those are amazing photographs and a lovely hub!!the plant tended to ravage the land on which it grew. with beautiful flowers it doent look like it will do that!! but then you cant grow anything else at the place you grew lupins is it??

carrie


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello carrie, the wild Lupin did use to ravage the land, but nowadays the cultivated Lupin is a lot easier to control! it doesn't spread, is easy to grow and rewards you with fabulous blooms!

Many thanks for dropping by, it's always lovely to see you, enjoy your day!


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NP.QUEEN 5 years ago from Dubai

HI MOVIE MASTER,

WoW!!!!Wonderful creation of God.Awesome pictures.Great hub.Thank you for sharing.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello NP.Queen, thank you for visiting my garden, I am glad you enjoyed this beautiful flower!

Many thanks for your comments, take care and enjoy your day.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi, Movie - your pictures are beautiful! I love blue flowers and these lupines are perfect for a vertical accent. Never too great with seeds but I really should try some next year. I think the rabbits eat my seedlings.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Dolores, the blue Lupin's were especially lovely this year and they do give a nice bit of height to the flower border, I hope you get to grow some next year!

Many thanks for visiting and your great comments.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love the wild lupins that grow where I live, but I didn't realize that cultivated lupins come in so many different colors. You take such beautiful photos, Movie Master. I love to look at them.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Alicia, the colours of the Lupins are just fabulous, my favourite are the two tone ones!

Thank you for visiting and your comments, take care.


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felicitylovespari 5 years ago

Ah the lupin are so pretty and not a nasty rash or character from Harry Potter either. :)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello felicity, I agree the Lupin is such a pretty flower, it's one of my favourites. I still think it deserves a nicer name!!

Many thanks for dropping by and your comments, I hope you have a fabulous day.


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Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

Wow! This is a beautiful flower, your pictures are stunning.

But your instincts are correct, "lupin" does sound something horrid.

What a beautiful and interesting hub!


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

When I hear the word "Lupin" I think of Professor Lupin from Harry Potter. But then again, I am a dork. The Lupin plant is certainly very pretty. Much prettier than Professor Lupin anyday! Voted up!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Rachelle, yes isn't the Lupin gorgeous, it definitely deserves a prettier name than Lupin!

Thank you so much for dropping by and your lovely comments I really appreciate your visit, take care


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jeannie, thank you for dropping by your comments made me laugh:-) and many thanks for the vote, take care and have a wonderful weekend.


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klaceyjsmith 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

Thanks for your kind words regarding one of my hubs. I wanted to comment on your article about the Lupin, I have fond memories associated with that flower. My mum used to have a pathway lined with them, and, as a mischeivous little girl, much to her frustration, I used to love to run my hand from the bottom to the top and make the blooms shoot off! I really should get some and plant them in my garden, for I miss the days I had while growing up with my mum and dad in England.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Klacey, what a lovely memory and comment, thank you!

I can imagine, the temptation of those Lupins would just be too much to resist:-)

I hope you get to plant some in your garden and enjoy them again.

Take care.


Derdriu 5 years ago

Movie Master: Thank you for sharing such a beautifully illustrated and clearly presented article. Lupins are a favorite wildflower of mine: They can be glorious examples of blue-colored flowers, and they remind me of Barbara Cooney's children's book "Miss Rumphius."


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Derdriu, I hadn't heard of this book and have just 'googled' it and it's the life story of Miss Alice Rumphius, a woman who sought a way to make the world more beautiful, and who found it in planting lupins in the wild. It sounds like something I would do!

It sounds such a lovely book, I am going to order it!

Thank you for dropping by and your lovely comments, take care, best wishes MM


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kingphilipIV 5 years ago from Iloilo, Philippines

This is my first time to see this kind of flower. As i look at it, it made me smile.. :) Thank you so much..


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello kingphilip, thank you for visiting, the Lupin is indeed beautiful, I'm glad it made you smile, thank you for your comments, enjoy your day, best wishes MM


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moonlake 5 years ago from America

There are wild Lupine the Karner Blue Butterflies need them. We bought wild Lupine seed and planted it in our meadow because I was pretty sure I had seen a Karner Blue Butterfly there.

We had the tame Lupines at our other house and they were so beautiful and grew so tall we had to stake them up. I have a few here but they aren't doing as well.

Enjoyed your hub.


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Judi Bee 5 years ago from UK

Hi Movie Master - beautiful lupins in your lovely garden. I always think they sound mad - "loopy" lupins! Would love some, but my dog tends remodel any garden design we try - she tends to prefer a barren moonscape look!


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

Well written hub you've got here. Plenty of beautiful pictures to boot. Those flowers look amazing!


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Love the pictures and wondering if these might grow here in our climate of Western North Carolina.


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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

The wild Lupin thrives in Sweden. It was and still is one of my favorite flower. I took some seeds from a wild Lupin and planted them in Greece, but I guess the Lupin didn't agree with the climate, since they never started flowering.

Wonderful hub and the photos are just fantastic!

Sannel


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Moonlake, I hope you have managed to entice the Karner blue butterflies with your lupins!

They are beautiful flowers and give a nice bit of height in a border. Many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Judi, I think Lupin is such an ugly 'loopy' name for such a great flower!

What a shame your dog enjoys the 'barren' look!!

Thank you for your great comments, have a great weekend, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Crescentmoon, they are great flowers - mine are still flowering and that's the third time this year!

Thank you for visiting and your comments, take care, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Fiddleman, Lupins are hardy and non-fussy to grow, they don't need a rich soil and like full sunlight with some protection from the wind.

They grow native in N. America and generally don't like hot, humid conditions.

So all in all - a good chance you will have some success, I hope so they are fabulous flowers.

Many thanks for your comments, take care, best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi SanneL, I suspect the hot climate in Greece just didn't suit the Lupin, that's great you have the wild Lupin in Sweden to enjoy!

Thank you for your comments, it's much appreciated, enjoy your weekend, best wishes MM


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Hi Movie master, I have never seen or heard about Lupin. We do have a pharmacutical company named Lupin but didn't know it is name of such beautiful flower. Very beautiful pics.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi sweetie, it's such a beautiful flower and has such an ugly name!

Thank you for your lovely comments, take care MM


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

When I was growing up in the Southern California Mountains, we had so many lupines growing on the hillsides. Most of these died out when people built houses and dug up the hillsides, and from being severly picked. I used to think it was called loopine, I know that is silly, but I was mispronouncing it as a kid. Did not realize the true pronunciation until I saw a funny Monty Python skit.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi SweetiePie, it's such a strange name for such a beautiful flower, no wonder you got confused!!!

I have never seen the Monty Python skit, I will look out for it.

Many thanks for your comments, enjoy your day and take care MM


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

I can't believe I missed this one but better late than never i think.

Lupins are a favourite of ours to and we grow them in pots on our patio, they are re growing at the moment as all others are also.

It's the mild winter temperature throwing all off course.

Thank you for sharing this gem and here's to so many more to share .

Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Eddy.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Eddy, my Lupins have also started growing this year already, they are one of my favourite flowers. We're in for a colourful treat again this year!!

Many thanks for visiting and your comments, enjoy your weekend too, take care Lesley


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

They are magnificent flowers dear heart. How beautiful they would be anywhere. God Bless You.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello stars, I love lupins they are such a colourful addition to the garden, I'm so pleased you enjoyed your visit, take care and enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley


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Freya Cesare 4 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

I'm not really into gardening but always appreciate beautiful garden full with flower, hoping someday, when I have the house of my own, suddenly gardening muse will struck me with love (yeah, right! dream on!). Until then, I always appreciate the pictures and gardeners passion, including yours. You make the world more beautiful than ever by planting them. Thank you, Leslie. The colors really wonderful.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Freya, I am sure once you have a house of your own you will enjoy gardening! until then you are welcome to visit mine as often as you like, it's always good to see you!

Take care and best wishes Lesley


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Hello Lesley, very useful and informative hub, lupins, delphiniums, foxglove I love them all. Beautiful images, thank you for sharing this.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tobusiness, thank you for visiting and your comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading!

Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States

The colors are absolutely beautiful--and the flowers are so big. Am going to have to try lupines too. Thanks!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jill, Lupins are fabulous, I hope you try growing them, they are all coming into flower in my garden at the moment and they look wonderful!

Many thanks for your comments, happy gardening!

Take care, Lesley

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