When spring unfolds gradually rather than in fits and starts, daily observers like me see the progression of plants as they push up through the thatch of last year’s dead grasses. Lupine is one the earliest in the field, almost begging to be noticed, not for flowers but for foliage. The slightly darker green leaves form a mound that is easy to spot from a distance. Looking more closely, one sees the unmistakable 7-9 pointed palmate leaves. I began looking for it early in April because during last year’s burn I made quite a fuss about saving one plant from the flames.