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This is the lupine by the Lost Lake from last year. It is the only one to survive the winter and came up early. I’ve waited 45 years to have one actually grow into flowering. I read recently that they like alkaline soil. That may be the reason that this plant (aka- Texas Bluebonnet out West) never did well. We have acid soil up here. The base that is underneath the rocks supporting the side of the Lost Lake is made up of concrete rubble and leaches lime which makes soil alkaline. I also use this rubble for the irises. Both of these plants need very good drainage and some lime.
These pictures of the Lost Lake were before the spring water pump and treatment begun. We get our supplies form THE POND GUY online http://www.thepondguy.com and a few things, such as fish, locally at the pond place nearby. The Pond Guy has a blog and answers questions, etc. I also ordered all the new liner and underlayment from him in 2010 after the deck was built. We spend a great many hours out at the Cabin and on the deck, cook at the fire pit and picnic out there. It’s a little hike from the house so that makes it more like a summer place.
As they say in landscape design, sometimes you just want to get away from the house. I’m trying to make it more hidden each year.
These were taken behind the house on a very cloudy and rainy day. You can’t really see the beauty of the deciduous azaleas this far away but it gives you an idea of how much is out there…The lupine now has 6 flower buds and they are purple!!!
Mother’s Day card from Glenn- So cute and appropriate for me! The floral arrangements are just cuttings I collected from the gardens on Mother’s Day to quickly bring in some samples of the plant materials that I use to ‘play’ with. I grow all these plants just to cut them and display the arrangements…Oh! What fun! Now back to the weeding, pruning, and early Spring preparations while it is very cool here…