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Lupines, eastern North America style

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Once these lupines roamed eastern North America, but now they are rare. They can't grow without fire to split their seeds, and no one wants the savanna to burn anymore. Insurance problems. So it almost disappeared. The butterfly that needs it has gone. But in High Park, where I volunteer, we took the seeds from what was there and grew them, and now we have hillsides of it. I think we can ask the Karner Blue butterfly to come back now. This is one of my favourite flowers.
25th May 2012, 02:26  

Helen says:

They are beautiful.

25th May 2012, 06:47

Craft says:

faved number 3 : - )

25th May 2012, 07:09

Jig along says:

Love the macros.

If you need someone to do a control burn...:)

26th May 2012, 11:27

swamprose says:

thanks, all.

and yes, Jigalong, come burn things anytime. Dry dry summer here--already giant fires up north.

Lupine seeds won't grow unless they're in a burn.

26th May 2012, 11:48

Viv says:

Wonderful result - stunning - always been a favourite of mine as gaden flowers but wild like that quite stunning.

26th May 2012, 12:30

swamprose says:

But Viv, the lupines you have in Europe are different. These are much lower to the ground, only about a foot high--but they do look great en masse.

26th May 2012, 23:44

Viv says:

and they don't need fire to germinate :)

26th May 2012, 23:57

Jig along says:

If you want to know what fires are happening in the Kimberleys, this site is good http://www.firenorth.org.au/nafi2/

I'm only responsible for a few of them. Are there any similar sites that we can look for to see whats fires are doing in northern Canada?

27th May 2012, 09:20

swamprose says:

Wow. NW Australia is burning. so is Canada. Last year this time, 1,455 hectares burned, this year to this date, 41,443 hectares burned. Rain and wind died down so today Ontario fires slowing. two sites to look at:
http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/AFFM/2ColumnSubPage/268862.html
and
http://cwfis.cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/en_CA/index

stay out of the smoke!

27th May 2012, 12:01