Here's a closer look at the photo above.
The photo to the right shows a bit more of the overgrown garden on a slope. Behind the lupine, to the left of the title, is an overgrown clump of thyme I need to harvest and dry. It's already blooming, but it's flowers are too tiny to see in this photo. The lupine chose to emerge among the irises that have not bloomed yet. The large lavender, oregano, and sage plants are out of sight in this photo.
The lupine plants you see here came from seeds I collected one day from a vacant lot in San Luis Obispo while I was on a walk. The pods were ready to explode, and the timing was perfect. They have bloomed a couple of times before in wet years, and it's a joy to have them back this year.
Lupine and other wildflowers don't have a long blooming season. Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy seeing them in your home all year round? Why not pick and press some while they are in bloom? Here are some how-to and craft idea books, and even a microwave flower press you can browse through at Amazon if you like to do things yourself. If you don't have time to make something lovely with wildflowers yourself, why not buy some of this lupine wall art for one of your walls? Here are some beauties from Zazzle.
Lupine and California poppies Canvas PrintUSA, California. Lupine Bloom Close Up Wood Wall DecorUSA, Washington State. Alpine Lupine Canvas PrintPurple Lupine Flowers Wall GraphicsUSA, Oregon, Nesika Beach. Lupine and Oregon Wood Wall Art