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Growing Together, Issue #108
December 27, 2015

Carolina Lupine Beautiful Yellow Flowers

Welcome to the December Growing Together newsletter from gardening with Herbee. We hope you had a wonderful holiday season so far. This month we wanted to get you into the spirit of beautiful flowers, and will share some insights on the, Carolina Lupine plant.

carolina lupine with beautiful yellow flowers

If you live or have ever traveled to the southeastern US, there is a good chance you have come across this vibrant Carolina Lupine specimen. It is native in North Carolina and Georgia. You are apt to find in the foothills and Appalachian Mountains. The Carolina Lupine will grow in well drained soil, and loves full sun. One of the problems if the plant doesn't receive full sun, is it will try and head toward sunlight. The result is it won't grow properly.

If you happen to have rich soil, which in some cases is hard to find in the southeastern US, the plant will grow tall, and you will need to stake it. The leaves have 3 leaflets that can grow up to five feet. During the warm summer months, especially June and July, the vibrant yellow flowers emerge on the stems. Absolutely stunning, and if you do a mass planting, it is truly breathtaking.

The Lupine will mature 2 and a half to 5 feet tall, and anywhere from 2 to 4 feet wide. After the flowers are spent, pods form on the plant. The pods have a wonderful purpose of food for insects and

our birds. The one big thing to remember about the Carolina Lupine, is it has a long mother/tap root. If you are planning to plant this specimen, make sure you have a good location for the mother root to expand and grow properly.

The Carolina Lupine is a showcase in front of solid evergreen foliage plants. Hollies, Boxwoods, and other rich colored green plants work well. Make sure you plan this area with highlighting the Lupine as a focal point. This is a perennial specimen, and a wonderful addition to your garden or landscape.

Tip For The Month

In the northeast, midwest, and southern United States, we have had extremely warm temperatures throughout the month of December. If you live in the southern hemisphere, it is unusual for the northern part of our country to be this warm.. Record temperatures have been recorded in the last few weeks. One of the problems we are seeing is buds here in the south are beginning to pop out on spring time blooming trees. This can have a negative effect on next years growing season.

If this happens in any geographic location, take the time to notice which trees, and keep track of them throughout the cooler months. You may need to give these trees a little bloom enhancer, or some fertilizer in the spring, as we know their will be cold weather on the way.

Thought For The Month

As we draw a close to 2015, take the time to reflect on the positive and also trials that you and your family have gone through. Learn from any mistakes, and move forward with the success and happy times. Tom and I had a wonderful Christmas yesterday with our two beautiful grandchildren. Isaiah is 2 and a half, and Blakely will be 2 and a half next month. Their eyes light up when they see each other, and they non stop play together. Both of them didn't want to take the time to open their gifts. Aren't children beautiful? We hope each of you had a wonderful holiday. We wish all of you a very healthy and happy 2016. Be happy and take the time to enjoy life, and nature. We look forward to being with you next month. Have a great January. Herbee and Kimberly

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