Lupin Field


I had a migrane yesterday.  I’ve always had headache often but since we moved to England, I get migrane much less often, headache these days usually eases off after one dose of painkillers.  I’ve been working hard on my craft room, which is probably a major reason.  Although I try to tell myself that I shouldn’t do too much it’s hard not to, knowing that the room is full of boxes or is looking so messy is very stressful, too.  It was very hot yesterday, as hot as 26C and the craft room was 28C, hot weather doesn’t agree with me and often gives me headache.  I tried to do as much as I can manage in between feeling sick but wasn’t able to make a big difference.


今日は、去年見に行ってとても綺麗だったので今年も楽しみにしていたルーピン(日本語ではルピナス?)を見に行ってきました。去年も書きましたが、ここから車で30分くらいのところの Woolbeding というところの Terwick Church のコートヤードを抜けると、このルーピンの花畑が広がっています。

We went to see lupins in a field because they were beautiful last year.  This lupin field is there when you walk through the churchyard of Terwick Church in Woolbeding, which is about 30 minutes by car from where we are.

Reverend Laycockさんという方が40年間育てていたルーピンの花畑を Jane Patterson Hodgeさんが譲り受けられ、その後、1938年にナショナルトラスト に「これからもずっとルーピンを育てる」ことを条件に譲られ、その後ナショナルトラスト が毎年春にルーピンのタネを撒いているそうです。

According to the National Trust,

” The field was once owned by a Reverend Laycock who spent 40 years using it as a market garden. He planted lupins which self-seeded and bloomed year after year. 

The field was later given to Mrs Jane Patterson Hodge who adored the view of the lupin flowers, in the field in front of the small picturesque church, framed by the South Downs in the background. The surrounding fields are arable farmland so Mrs Hodge wanted to ensure that the view was protected and the lupins would continue to flower. 

She gifted the field to the National Trust in 1938 with the condition that lupins were grown in part of the field. The Trust accepted the gift with the promise of growing lupins as Mrs Hodge had wished. Through the decades the National Trust has worked with the Rogate community and our local farmer to try and ensure new seed is planted and the number of lupins are maintained. “



As the temperature in May was relatively much lower than usual, summer flowers have been delayed so we waited for a couple of weeks longer, but sadly there weren’t as many flowers as last year.  We first wondered if we had waited too long, but we didn’t see any dead flowers.  Unlike last year when the whole field was covered with lupins, there were many patches that didn’t have them at all.  I wonder if the lockdown has something to do with it and they didn’t sow as many seeds as usual?





















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