June 5, 2013
When I first moved here two years ago and did my first round of weeding in the garden, I spotted this weird little plant with palm-like leaves. It didn’t look like a weed, but it didn’t look like anyone had planted it on purpose, either. I let it stay, because I was curious. It grew, but didn’t flower. The next year, it grew some more, still didn’t flower, and I started to wonder if it really was a weed after all, and maybe I should pull it. But it grew, and grew, and it still looked kind of cool, with those wild fan-like leaves.
This year, after all the late snows and freezes and a wildly short spring, the weird plant finally flowered, and boy was it worth waiting for:
I’ve also been able to ID it: Lupine, which seems somehow appropriate.