Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Maine's Lupines, Beach Roses, and Buttercups


While there is no question that "Leafing Season" has a better brand, "Lupine Season" on the Maine coast is just as wonderful.  Everywhere in late May and June are visual treats.


Lupines can be found from the edges of the Maine Turnpike, to the back roads, to the water's edge.  In purple, pink and white, they are clustered in small patches or entire fields.


Beach roses make the best case for combining pink and green.  And constant breezes perfectly mingle their fragrance with salt water.




Fields of buttercups are also everywhere.


And when they come together, it is truly a symphony.

13 comments:

Angela Duke said...

My favorite book as a child was Miss Rumphius, so I have a great love for lupines. These are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love lupines! I just planted some on my yard, hopefully on my way to my own 'cottage garden' in the States.

Laurie said...

Miss Rumphius, the "Lupine Lady" is still one our family's favorite literary characters. Every summer we spread more lupine seeds in the fields around our home.

Oxford Cloth Button Down said...

Wonderful pics! There is really nothing more beautiful than nature itself.

The Intrepid French Learner said...

I love these pictures! Such familiar scenes.

I grew up in Maine and spent my summers on Islesboro, and lupine were everywhere near our cottage.

I have tried and failed repeatedly to grow lupines at my own home in New England. And advice? I just can't get them to "take" even after a period of cold stratification of seeds. As I understand it, store-bought plants often fail because unlike most other plants, lupines have a long tap-root and don't take well to being transplanted (or grown in containers.)

For that matter, is the plural lupine, or lupines? I have always said "lupine" but I don't know why (and you can see I'm using both words in this post.)

smr said...

A field of buttercups is one of the northern hemisphere things I hope to see one day. as always beautiful pictures

Bitsy said...

These photos just take my breath away!

Michael Rowe said...

Congratulations, Muffy, you've finally pushed me over the edge into envy's deep end. I was in Maine over the weekend, but I missed the lupines. This is my favourite series of photographs thus far. Just beautiful.

Casey said...

I see I'm not the only reader reminded of Miss Rumphius. Lovely.

Pete said...

Having just returned from three weeks in Maine. I can only look dream of going back in the very near future.

HHH said...

@The Intrepid French Learner: I, too have had bad luck growing Lupines (yes, it is Lupines) in Southern New England, and have tried a plants from a wide variety of sources including on trips to Maine and New Hampshire. They just do not thrive as more than an annual due to our cold winters in Northwest CT. The coast of Maine is a higher zone. There is an excellent discussion of the plant in Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus
and in Taylor's Guide to Perennials. No one I know has any luck growing them around here.
Muffy: excellent entry, as usual. You maintain a superior standard!

Bitsy said...

Ah, just as I was drifting off into a daydream of lying in the middle of that field of lupines and buttercups, I was brought back to reality by the buzzing of those 'prodigious mosquitoes'!

I love how the little white daisies poke out in the last photo.

Anonymous said...

In case anyone is interested ,in the UK they are called lupins and considered a bit of a joke by all the garden snobs; you won't see many at Sissinghurst!

Cheers

Herts