I went up to the pea patch tonight last night to weed and mulch my plot and I discovered that someone stole my lupine! The lupine I planted last week was gone!
My first reaction was that some native plant freak committed the dastardly deed. My lupine is a native somewhere in California--maybe in San Francisco, maybe not. I can easily imagine someone being very concerned about protecting the genetic integrity of Bernal Hill native lupines, and just plucking mine out of the ground as a show of environmental action.
But I'm a reasonably astute observer of the local flora, and I've never seen any lupines here. I do know we have some peculiar, native buckwheat and zigadenus, although I've never seen those either.
Then, I thought, well, maybe someone wanted a lupine. It's not like they're easy to find in nurseries. I grew mine from seed; not everyone is thrilled to do that. Perhaps we're dealing with your basic plant thief.
Then I had one last iteration, maybe someone thought it was a Bernal native lupine that popped up adventitiously in my garden patch, and he or she removed it to keep it safe. After all, it was still small, and who plants a lupine between two cherry tomatoes? Hi, me! I do.
In the end, I don't know who stole my lupine. I still have lots of seeds left. Maybe I'll sprout another one.