The Blues

In Texas, it’s bluebonnets.

In Maine, it’s lupines.

Each is the state flower of the state.

Bluebonnets bloom in mid spring, lupines in early summer, and both are from the same family of perennials with these differences:

Lupines are not long-lived perennials, but their extravagant beauty makes them well worth including in the garden. Most lupines do not like heat and so will not grow well in hardiness zones above 5, with one exception – The Texas BlueBonnet. The Texas BlueBonnet is native to Texas and will grow in the Texas heat and so can be grown in other parts of the United States with hot weather. 

No matter when they bloom, they add their own particular beauty and transform the landscape.  When they are in season, it’s impossible to take too many photos.

Tell me, do either of these lovelies bloom in your area?

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7 thoughts on “The Blues

  1. The flowers in our native landscape here are mostly hot shades of red, oranges and yellow. These pictures are so lovely.

  2. Just beautiful!

    I played Blue Monday too, please come and see.

  3. We don’t have both of them. Thank you for sharing. Really lovely altogether with the rest of the background 🙂

  4. Beautiful flowers!

  5. No blue bonnets, I believe we do have lupines.
    I remember a story in the reader I used with my class. The Legend of the Blue Bonnets.
    It must look beautiful. I love blue flowers!

  6. I love lupines and they come with different colors. I thought this is lavender what a beautiful to add in the garden landscape. Thanks for sharing!

    Blue dress

  7. gailofgreenliving June 20, 2011 — 10:13 am

    I love all the colors of blue! I remember in California, they looked more like Texas bluebonnets than these do.

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