Gathering Lupines

We're in Nova Scotia at the time of my favorite flower season here. Everywhere, the wild lupines are growing along roadsides and in fields. After a busy day, at about 5 PM, I suggested to Ken that we drive out one of the back roads to go gather some. With no traffic, we gathered all we could carry in an arm load, and yet, you couldn't see a spot where any had been removed. I put them in large vases and they fill the room with a sweet, peppery fragrance. They'll last about a week, and there'll still be time to get another bunch for the house before they begin to go to seed to get ready for next year's blooms again!

Thank you all for the birthday wishes for Ken; he enjoyed every one of them! I only had time to respond to a few while he went to the golf course with a friend in the afternoon, and we had a birthday celebration dinner with our neighbors, Billy & David, that evening. It had been a rainy cool day, and we sat by the fire in their livingroom. They made the most amazing meal...asparagus, ham & cheese on toast points for an appetizer with cocktails. Dinner was Ken's favorite chicken cutlets, sauteed spinach, and a cold potato salad...with wine. I made my cake again for dessert, and that was served with champagne & cassis. By the time we toddled home at midnight (to the sound of fog horns in the distance), 365 was going to have to wait for morning! These folks up here are the most amazingly social bunch!

We're meeting friends today for lunch and the afternoon. Dinner's with the neighbors again tonight. When I said I was going to start to be busy, this is some of what I had in mind!

(This photo was taken day-before-yesterday...we actually had a good, soaking rain most of Tuesday, but today, while gray, is clear.)

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Ann Carey wrote in the comments about a children's book she read to her kids. I googled the name and loved the synopsis. I'll copy here what I found, as it's so suited to this location!
"...One of my favorite childhood stories was Miss Rumphius. Not only is this a wonderfully told story it is also beautifully illustrated. Miss Rumphius tells all the children of all the places she went. However, at the end of all her adventures she feels tired and goes to live by the sea. I love the way the story depicts the little house by the seashore and the rolling waters. Yet there was still something left for her to do; she needed to make the world a more beautiful place before she left it. So the next day she set off with her lupine’s and scattered them everyday. Soon over the hills and into the valleys there were lupines everywhere. The children from then on called her the Lupine lady. The way Miss Rumphius did something small to make the world a more beautiful place has an impresion on me, even today."
i learned the name of those flowers here on this site =) it's great that i learn something new everyday just by following the people i do.

great shot, louise. look how happy and relazed you are and i'm here on my 2nd cup of coffee getting ready for a 10-hour day with people less than 5 years old =) i love that you have no shortage of friends over there, but then i guess, if people who haven't even seen you (namely us 365ers) love you, what more if they're people who've actually met you...right? enjoy the rest of the day...and i will refrain from drinking more cofee =)
posted June 2nd, 2010  
wow. we have lupines here, but they are tiny.........must be a desert version.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
I have never heard of a Lupine. They are huge! And, like gladiolus, probably look great in a large vase!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Louise by the time you make it back to California you are going to be exhausted! Sounds like you are having an AmaZing time with all your friends and living life to the fullest. I also totally agree with Rainee!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
You are so cute with your lupines.
I too have learned the name of these flowers here on 365 and love that aspect of it, learning something new everyday from my fellow photogs. Thanks for that.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Great picture, I didn't know the name of those flowers, they are very pretty.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
you go out and have fun today girly ;)
and this is a wonderful picture of you and the lupines!!!
you make me smile Louise :)
posted June 2nd, 2010  
o how gorgeous and fun to pick those!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Oh how lovely! You really need to visit the Canterbury and Otago area of the South Island of New Zealand where Russel Lupins grow wild everywhere too. http://pixdaus.com/pics/1251946485FgJWfyH.jpg (its not my pic but it gives you an idea :)
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Beautiful flowers...I have just two in my garden and hoping to have lots more in the future...sounds like you have quite a schedule...what a wonderful summer!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
How nice to be able to go out and pick lupins in the fields. i love the peppery smell they have.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Love it! I posted a lupine picture yesterday. I've never picked them but I bet they will look lovely in a vase. Hopefully I will have some in my garden to pick next year. I hear my mother tell me to leave the flowers so that everyone can enjoy them when I want to pick some along the road! Good for you for grabbing some! :)
posted June 2nd, 2010  
This is a wonderful photo of you in the field of Lupines! I feel a Julie Andrews coming on. I'll just change the words up a bit and sing...the fields are alive...
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Those are beautiful, they must make a stunning display in a vase. Thanks for sharing.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Beautiful colours in this picture. How lucky you are to live there!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
these are gorgeous flowers.. i have never seen them before.. :)
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Wow! Everything here is beautiful, the weather, scenery, flowers and yourself!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
I would love to find another field of them so I can steal some away without feeling guilty! Unfortunately, this is the field for the on ramp of the highway. Being Vermont, it isn't too busy but it is busy enough that it is noticable (no one would notice the flowers missing since there's so many but they would wonder what I was doing!). Enjoy your flowers and I will keep looking for a source for me. :-)
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Great pic Louise, you look so happy! SN: the colors are fabulous!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
What a nice day and you look very happy, Louise!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
I don't think I've ever seen lupines before, but they're quite pretty.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
LOVE this! I take it you have not received your package yet. =( I knew you said it would take a while but still... I feel like I have missed so much on 365 this week! We have been going going going all week so today is our slow down day (kinda). We are going to meet Andi and her partner for lunch on the Santa Monica pier today and enjoy some photo fun and then we visit some of my family tonight. Tomorrow we will open and close Disneyland! San Diego Zoo was a lot of fun. I successfully burned through both of my batteries so you know it was a good day. LOL! And happy birthday, Ken! *hugs*
posted June 2nd, 2010  
I love lupines. Great photo.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
I love the bright colours in this photo, and I love lupins too, not sure if they grow in Oz, not seen them yet, but we used to have these in our gardens in the UK.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
This photo made me burst out with a great silly smile spread all over my face. It's not just that the colors and composition are amazing; it's the pure joy that you radiate. Louise, you are a treasure!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
I have a package of Lupine seeds that I've been intending to plant for ages. This will give the motivation to get it done. Those are gorgeous! I can only hope...
posted June 2nd, 2010  
you just put a smile on my face Louise :) You have a very gorgeous smile.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Wow, I've never seen them before. Lovely shot Louise :)
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Are you going to relax on your vacation! I am glad you and Ken are enjoying you time up north.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Nice photo! I posted a picture of these flowers a while back, but I didn't know what they were. They were in Louisiana.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Great picture! So colorful!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
What fun you are having! Good for you!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Wow, those are gorgeous! I've never seen them that large before! I don't think ours get that size here in Michigan.

The birthday dinner sounds very yummy! I hope you have a great lunch and dinner with your friends.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Those are beautiful! I haven't ever seen those before. Great photo of you as well.

Thanks for all of your kind comments on my photos :) Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. Seems like I haven't had more then a second or two around here lately.

I actually made it through my daughters kindergarten graduation fairly dry eyed, but mostly because I was taking pictures for the school so I didn't have a chance to cry :) I did get a bit teary at rehersal. And the white flowers I took a picture of are actually quite small, they grown on a hedge, but I don't know what they are. They do look like tiny lilacs though :)
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Put me on the list of those who never knew what a lupine was before 365, but I know now and I do like them! How nice to be able to just pick them and take them home...much more fun than shelling out $big bucks$ at the florist! More fun finding your own, too. When I was a kid we would spend half a day wandering the nearby fields gathering wild strawberries...2-3 hrs only yielded us half a canning jar full but oh, did we enjoy them...much more so than what our moms bought at the store.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
What a fabulous shot! Those flowers are so unusual and beautiful, and it is amazing that they grow in such abundance. To answer your question from the other day regarding my skyline photo, that was actually taken from Montrose Harbor looking south. It is a bit off my usual running route but on a really clear day I like to take the detour so I can get some nice shots of the skyline. :)
posted June 2nd, 2010  
PS. Karen reminded me that I wanted to say something about those flowers... I have never heard of those before either and when I saw the photo's title I thought that it had something to do with wolves!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Those lupines are huge compared to the ones we have - our are smaller; yellow and a deep blue. I totally understand why you want to bring them into the house - they look lovely.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Wow, Louise, how beautiful! Nova Scotia is like stepping back in time isn't it? You can just go to the field and pick flowers and no one is going to shoot you for doing it!! I wish I had some for my house!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
What a lovely photo! Those flowers are just amazing, and you look like you're having a great time!
Re: your comment on my farm photo, you guessed right that all the buildings are still there, and preserved to reflect tools of the trade for the time. It's like stepping back in time a little, and I do intend to go out there and take many more photos over the course of the summer!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
What a harvest! Good to see you out and having a good time. :)
posted June 2nd, 2010  
that's a beautiful picture that radiates joy and fun...
Our wild lupines are a creamy-yellow.... very beautiful but getting quite rare.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
what beautiful colors here!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Beautiful, just lovely!
That is what I remember so strongly from our trip to the Maritimes...how the lupines grow wild and so prolifically along the roadsides, be it in NB, NS or PEI!
Looks like a wonderful bunch that you have there, and I'm sure your little home, filled with all the blooms, looks magnificent, too.
So glad that you're having such a wonderfully busy time!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
I've just realized how fabulous lupines look in a vase, too. I haven't seen fields and fields of them since our days living in Maine years ago. This is lovely.
posted June 2nd, 2010  
lovely pciture... wonderful colour, great composition
posted June 2nd, 2010  
This is quite amazing! Here in the UK we grow these as a garden border plant. The only type growing wild are tree lupins which are a yellow flowered shrub.
Shouldn't you be in a summery dress and a sun hat with a big basket...:-)
posted June 2nd, 2010  
So if you a lay Lupine down on a table face-up...is it a Supine Lupine? :-)

You look so cute among all these fleurs! What gorgeous colors!! Well, I'm glad to know that you don't drink and digitally dabble. Probably best you waited 'til morning to post any pics or make comments. Ha! Sounds like you're having a culinarily fantatastic time out there! Yum! Been eating lots of take-out myself lately. Nothing like having a sea of cardboard boxes in the kitchen to ruin your appetite for cooking.

FYI - Don't know if you're checking out photos by Christy, but just had to share this one of hers from the other day. Think you'll get a kick out of it. http://365project.org/stormyblueyz/365/2010-05-28
posted June 2nd, 2010  
What a beautiful photo, I've only seen lupons in
people's gardens here and not nearly as big! Glad Ken had a good day, your meal sounds delicious. It truly does sound like your having a brilliant time, and i love hearing all about it! : )
posted June 2nd, 2010  
stunning find, wow!!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
what a great picture----the flowers are beautiful!! Glad you are enjoying yourself!! :)
posted June 2nd, 2010  
I take it red is one of your favourite colours?? Lovely picture. Your evening meal sounded great and I am guessing with all the champagne leaving you a little delicate today?
posted June 2nd, 2010  
OH! I want some lumpine! I've heard of them but never seen them....! They are beautiful!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
So.. Lupins must be native to Canada... my mum use to have them in the garden when I was a kid but you don't see them much day - must have gone out of fashion I guess... Oh, re. curry comment the other day - here's a link to a fish curry - well worth trying, it's delish :-) http://www.bbc.co.uk/indianfoodmadeeasy/recipes/episode_3/fishstew.shtml
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Louise, these lupines are huge! Here in Missouri you wouldn't *dream* of going out in waist-high vegetation or holding an armload of flowers next to your body because of... chiggers! So to see you like this is at first scary for me, then wonderful. Very nice picture!
posted June 2nd, 2010  
Gorgeous flowers! I can just picture them scattered in vases around a room - that must be awesome! :)
posted June 3rd, 2010  
loving those flowers.... nice photo blog there.... =)
posted June 3rd, 2010  
Lovely picture of you! Reminds me of the children's book Miss Rumphius that I read to my children. A good read for all ages!
posted June 3rd, 2010  
It also reminded me of a book my mother in law has. It's a kid's book but it is such a nice story. http://seedofalupine.wordpress.com/2009/06/03/my-own-seeds/
posted June 3rd, 2010  
I've never heard of them, they look beautiful. You look great too.
posted June 3rd, 2010  
ahh they are beautiful
posted June 3rd, 2010  
Great picture! They are so beautiful!
posted June 3rd, 2010  
Beautiful flowers, beautiful Louise, beautiful photo!!! ;-))) I can't help but smile in return to your bright smile, Louise!! ;-)) The birthday dinner for Ken sounds like a wonderful delight!! ;-) Life in Lunenberg seems to be pretty busy, but meeting friends and having fun is the good kind of busy ;-)) Enjoy every minute of it! ;-)
posted June 3rd, 2010  
Cute pic mommers!
posted June 3rd, 2010  
What a beautiful photo! Reminds me of picking wildflowers on roadsides with my mom when I was a little girl. I specifically remember picking a flower she called "purple spike" (not sure if that is the official name - we were in Illinois and the stuff was everywhere)...glad you had fun with the C's! BTW, my mermaid is part of the same statue/fountain as Neptune (I posted Neptune during statue week, and you voted for it! Thanks, by the way!)
posted June 3rd, 2010  
Wow! Wow! What beautiful flowers. Must be the climate.
Thanks for sharing this with us. just love this photo!
posted June 3rd, 2010  
envy envy!!
posted June 3rd, 2010  
Beautiful!!!You look so happy!
posted June 3rd, 2010  
Lovely photo. Our CA lupines pale in comparison.
posted June 3rd, 2010  
Beautiful picture! What lovely flowers too. I wonder if they grow here.
posted June 3rd, 2010  
What a gorgeous photo, you look very happy amongst the beautiful flowers!
posted June 3rd, 2010  
They are my favourite flowers but alas they don't grow in my part of the world as it is too hot so thank you for sharing them with me.
posted June 3rd, 2010  
Lupine lady! Great and happy shot.
posted June 3rd, 2010  
HOW FUN!
posted June 3rd, 2010  
That's a huge bunch of flowers! And a field full. Nice!
posted June 3rd, 2010  
Okay.. at first I thought... these are the biggest lavender plants I have EVER seen! Show how much I know plants. What a wonderful shot!
posted June 3rd, 2010  
I've never seen lupine before ... *love* the size and color!
posted June 4th, 2010  
lovely bright, cheerful photo! beautiful flowers!
posted June 4th, 2010  
Louise, I noticed later that Ann and I had mentioned the same book. So either I missed it then or we posted it at the same time. Great minds thinking alike! :) It is a lovely book. And thanks for the kind words on the peony. I never knew I was such a flower fan until I started doing this project and looking closely at everything around me!
posted June 5th, 2010  
a simply wonderful photo...your joy of being there is evident in all of your latest photos...
posted June 5th, 2010  
what a beautiful bouquet!
posted July 21st, 2010  
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