Kitten toes is what they look like. That's how lupin ends. Individual pussy digits complete with a gentle hook on the tip. That's where the similarity stops, I believe. Real cats do not have gentle claws. They are real.
The top of the stalk is still full-flowered and vibrant. This pretty must have been planted by Mother Nature herself, or perhaps a passing bird dropped something that planned to glory in this location.
|Spike of a maturing flower--beginning of a cat claw|
My father-in-law, Merlyn, had a whole row of different lupins--all different colors--one of his favorites. They are a fascinating flower with all their complex development.
|Colors grow more intense with time|
Shaped like brilliant fortune cookies, these individual flowers have called me from the Things I get to do today to take special note.
|Full spectrum of tight, baby green to vibrant, mature purples|
Lupins come from the pea family, and the little beans in the pods are actually edible. In some countries with colder climates, a type of Lupin tofu is made, since soy beans don't grow well in the cold. But that is way more than any of us wanted to know about this gorgeous flower. Merlyn was not a fan of tofu.