Square January #7


Always the optimist, Becky is hoping that 2021 will be a more positive year as we march onwards and upwards. Yes, the theme for January Squares is the word ‘up’ and as usual she invites us all to join her in a month of ‘ups’ of any description. The only absolute rule is that your main photograph must be SQUARE, and remember a square has 4 equal sides.

Lupins: Lupinus, commonly known as lupin or lupine, is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family Fabaceae. Lupins are a cottage-garden favourite, offering height and colour to the middle of a border in May and June. They bear impressive, pea-like flowers, which are loved by bumblebees.

SquareUp | January 7th

40 Comments Add yours

  1. margaret21 says:

    I love lupins too, but the slugs love them more, so I’ve given up. Clever gallery!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, well mine were attacked when they were young, but 4 out of 8 survived and last year they were stronger and grew to flower magnificently. Whether that’s the case this year, we have to wait and see.

  2. Oh, I love lupins……have tried growing them, but I think they don’t like our hot, hot weather! I seem to love all the cottage flowers, that I can’t grow!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Isn’t that always the case?

  3. restlessjo says:

    Ok, I concede this one- the girl’s a genius 🙂 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          I have more up my sleeve.

  4. Tish Farrell says:

    Lupins! Now you’re being a real smarty-knickers 🙂 But thanks too for the reminder. I need to grow some this year.

  5. Sue says:

    Ah, what an uplifting image, Jude!

      1. Sue says:

        Yes! What a difference a season makes

        1. Heyjude says:

          First hard frost today. Now we’ll see which of the plants survive…

  6. BeckyB says:

    These are such a glorious flower – one of these years i will successfully grow them. They make such a colourful hidden up

    1. BeckyB says:

      PS and your close up squares within squares is just ingenious

    2. Heyjude says:

      I didn’t grow them because of slugs which like them a lot. But I received 8 free seedlings so I figured why not. They seem to be stronger as they get older, but we shall see what happens this year.

      1. BeckyB says:

        how marvellous to be given seedlings – I see many of your visitors today have been commenting on the slugs too!

        1. Heyjude says:

          I must order some slug nematodes. I think they do help if I use them in March. Hopefully this cold will have killed some of them.

        2. BeckyB says:

          I’m hoping they have been eaten here along with the spiders by our birding friends. More than 20 species in the garden this week

        3. Heyjude says:

          Wow, that’s a lot of different birds. I get about 7 not including over flying crows and seagulls and magpies and I think possibly a sparrowhawk landed one day this week.

        4. BeckyB says:

          This week has been extraordinary – we do usually see around a dozen but they are clearly hungry this week. Even had woodpeckers and nuthatches, both of which not seen for years

  7. beetleypete says:

    Clever choice for the theme, Jude, and nice Lupins too.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Pete. A reminder of summer to come – hopefully.

      1. beetleypete says:

        Bright sunshine here this morning so far. 🙂

        1. beetleypete says:

          No frost, it rained last night.

  8. Cee Neuner says:

    I so adore lupines. Beautiful 😀

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Cee, they are rather lovely and the bees adore them, but so do the slugs.

  9. Clever clever! And very pretty.

  10. You’re being so creative with challenges: squares within squares here, and the way you tackle “up”. I need a dose of your creativity.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I didn’t think that I would join this month’s squares, but then I thought about doing it with a Cornish theme and then had to think about how! Locked down again for at least 6 weeks so I need to do something as I have no gardening to keep me sane this time. Hope all’s well where you are.

    2. Ann Mackay says:

      Lupins definitely fit with ‘up’ for me – and very uplifting to see some summer flowers too. I haven’t been successful in trying to grow them though – maybe I’ll try again… 🙂

      1. Heyjude says:

        I hope mine come back, the bees loved them.

        1. Ann Mackay says:

          Aha, that’s a good reason for trying again with lupins, then. I’m hoping to make my garden much better for bees and others… 🙂

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