Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Week 51: Loopy about Lupins

I love lupins. I don't much care that they are considered to be weeds. So are daisies, and they are my favourite flower. Does this say something about me or the classification of flowers?

The name derives from the Latin, 'lupinus' meaning wolf, because the plants have a tendency to ravage the land where they grow. But outbreaks of these voracious lupins can make runs and bike rides around the Wakatipu Basin quite glorious.

They are hardy too and can withstand the wind and showers that buffet them as they sweep through the valley. They stand sentinel along the roadside in a riot of colour.

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