Has anyone tried baptisma? It grows into a mound shape 3 x4' and blooms with lupine like blooms..comes in cobalt blue and canary yellow and an iris purple. GEORGEOUS! I did not realize they were more of a biennial rather than a perennial..I did not realize or I would have saved seed...so I'm starting some from seed again.
They love hot and dry. My sister had shared hers with me the first year, so many people asked about that plant in bloom..it was striking! We had a rough fourth year with it..very icy winter..excessive snow and although it came back it was a mere shadow of the first year. I meant to keep seed..then I really got disappointed because my sister lost her bed of them too. They are available as plants in the springtime..but you have to buy them when you see them because they are always sold out. I'll try to save you some seed this year if youse like, DW.?
Post by lilolpeapicker on Apr 21, 2015 11:08:09 GMT -5
There is going to be a Lupine Fest locally on May 16th at the Pine Bush Preserve like about 10 minutes from where I live. Apparently registration is required. I am all excited! You know where I will be on May 16!
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5
I'll look up this baptisia stuff, but share a link, everyone finds different links to stuff.
I have a hole out there that I dug up Yellow stella doros.( Whatever you spell that) I am SO very tired of those things! I need some new stuff. Didn't pitch them though..................hahahaha They are in a big pot. I'm looking for a home for them!
This thread inspired me to go to the greenhouse yesterday and buy a lupine. I have always admired the yellow ones and last year they were sold out of all lupines in any color when I looked so yesterday I bought a nice bit plant that is supposed to be a yellow one.
It all makes sense now. That name was new to me, of course I had to find out about it, including that name. Well, I have heard of false indigo (a common name for it) and now I have this: "The botanical name Baptisia originates from the Greek word bapto, to dip or to dye. Blue false indigo (Baptisia australis) and yellow wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria*) were used to produce a blue dye by both Native Americans and settlers before the introduction of the better quality true indigo (Indigofera tinctoria)."
*Note that tinctoria also tells us it tints or stains.
With the mention of Baptisia (false indigo), and your interest in fibers and crafting, I wondered if you had ever thought about trying natural dyes for your yarns? It's easy, can be done in a kitchen, and is safe. Probably the most exotic item needed would be a cast-iron pot!
I've had some fun experimenting with plant materials and the colors they throw and think you might find it interesting also. It's certainly not an expensive hobby! Gather from the woods, or even the grocery store! Start with onion skins for a pleasing range of yellows. All you need to do is stay with natural fibers, then let your curiosity guide you. Many plant materials will throw a dye, often an unexpected color, always pleasing. The colors are fugitive, but most last long enough to have a nice product last for quite some time. I found a blog with basic info and pictures: tinyurl.com/mwp2ood