Mine should be blooming in June. Uncle and I started this project last year. I have 4 plants. He should have 11. He hasn't checked yet. They are just coming up again here. And are SHORT lived here. Maybe 4 years if you are lucky. Haven't done them in 20 years, so it's a fun project for us.
Of course, they didn't bloom last year, but will this year..............So I can't wait to see what colors I get.
They usually have seedlings at my local greenhouse. Last year they were sold out when I was looking for them so I should start looking early this year. I really like them and I especially like the yellow ones.
I wouldn't have any luck doing that either. I just started a pack of seeds in some pots and transplanted them to the garden last year. And took 12 plants to my uncles and planted them for him. I Know one didn't make it over there. So he should have 11 this year. Oh my, he has terrible soil. You would have to dig in it to actually believe it. I never saw anything like it.
His house is 28 years old and built in an excavated area. Well, I can't explain it. Just pitiful. But he tries to get something happening over there. Bless his Heart!
Lisa, your uncle's house may be in a yard where developers dumped excess concrete and junk they either excavated or didn't use when the subdivision was developed, or was left over after the area was built up.
I think that was the case in my area; my house is toward the end of the block, but is also in what would have been a large yard of the one large old farmhouse that we neighbors think was the original house built before the land was subdivided. I found chunks of concrete and small glass bottles when I put in various beds. My father told me that toward the end of the properties were where folks in his day sometimes buried their excess "stuff" - such as the small bottles used I guess for medicines.
The concrete made nice chunky borders for beds.
At least I didn't find any buried tractors or farm implements!
Springrain, He is at the end of the developed area. I don't think the original plan was to build anything there. He has No Basement. No way they could have built houses with basements in that area. None of the houses have a basement in the back end of that developement.
Lupines . . . beauties that re-seed everywhere in the garden whether you want them or not. Mine came from a wildflower seed mix about 20 years ago and have been growing strong since. I have either pink or purple, but the yellows are gorgeous.
I usually have to dig up a dozen or so and give them away.
Leave Room in Your Garden for Angels to Dance.
OGer since March 2003.
Colorado Zone 5
My original lupine from many years ago continues to thrive and happily provides me with many volunteers.
Late in one season, after the lupine flower stalks had dried on the plant, my cousin from Massachusetts who was visiting, asked for some seeds to take home. I cut a stalk for her and she headed home. She told me that on the ride home, and I guess she didn't have it bagged, it was so warm that the lupine pods were popping open and the seeds were flying all over in the car!
Another lesson learned!!
I garden ~~~ Therefore I am
OG Member since 2002 ~~~ Southeastern PA ~~~ Zone 7a
You would think that with the nearest street being Rock Hole Rd., and living on the Rocky River, I would have suspected that my my home sits on solid rock. And yet, it was a surprise when we started digging!!
And I say to myself, it's a wonderful world ~Louis Armstrong~