In New England, where the summer season is known to be unpredictable, there's one thing you can always count on: every road, hillside, and field will be aglow with tall purple spires in early - mid June, when lupines flower. Their blooming period only last for two weeks or so, but their presence is welcomed as a sign that summer solstice is right around the corner.

Those familiar with the story of Miss Rumphius understand the significance of the lupine flower to the New England area. As the story goes, Miss Rumphius made a promise to make the world a more beautiful place - and she chose to do so by planting lupines along the coast of Maine. The countless lupines that now bloom throughout New England are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, or the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went.

We were ecstatic to find this field of wild lupines on an evening drive around Sandwich. I've never seen such beautifully vibrant flowers thriving in the wild. And how gorgeous is the white farm house in the background??

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