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Willem Jan Marinus Vader <>
Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:04:30 +0000
WHY DON'T I LIKE LUPINES?
These last few years there are increasingly often patches of dark blue and
light pink lupines along the roads in the Tromsø area in N. Norway. Today I saw
lots of them and they seem to spread a bit for every year. They are the garden
lupines, stately and spectacular flowers, that really stand out among the
local flowers. So why do I hate to see them there?
I have my reasons for myself; 'the flowers are ostentatious and somehow too
garishly prominent' and they push out local flowers; they are also officially
black-listed here in Norway. But probably the main reason is in reality the
same xenophobia, that hits me when I watch the Egyptian Geese in Holland and
the Canada Geese in Norway: 'these are stangers and I don't like strangers. And
this uneasiness seems to diminish over the years: I look at pheasants with
equanimity, and at the 'Tromsø palms', the gigantic exotic Heracleum flowers
(also black-listed) that are so much a feature of Tromsø now, but that were
introduced 150 years ago, with only vague displeasure, mainly because the
juice from the leaves combined with sunshine can give serious itches.
I know all that, but still I greatly dislike the lupines every time I see
them. Not all that civilized, I'm afraid.
Wim Vader, Tromsø, Norway
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