We don’t have fields of native wildflowers here in New Zealand. Our most showy native is the coastal Pohutukawa tree – which is of little use if you live in the middle of NZ like I do.
Fortunately, a crafty farm wife in Lake Tekapo decided to do something about this dismal situation and set about spreading lupin seed throughout the Mackenzie Basin. The plan was so successful that lupins are now officially an invasive weed. Most people, myself included, consider this to be a load of fun-wrecking bureaucratic nonsense – so much so that there has been a plaque erected in Lake Tekapo celebrating this woman’s efforts.*
Lupin flowering peaks from late November through Mid December. The 2011 season was spectacular – with huge drifts of pristine blooms evident from Lake Tekapo through to the Lindis Pass.
We are planning to run Lupin workshops during the 2012 flowering season – we will keep you posted with the details.
Cheers – Todd
* I didn’t know I’d be writing this post – so I forgot to note down her name.