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#1 of 17 Old 03-02-2013, 03:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I love this kind of stuff, as I am sure many of you here do, too.  So, instead of waiting around for your posts, I thought I'd start a thread, just for this.

 

So, go ahead and post away!!  Ask for ID help!

Come here and help with the ID!!

 

And.....

 

Just for fun, even if you know the ID and want to Stump the Gardeners, then go ahead, see if you can stump all of us (just, please, make sure you let us in on the mystery if you succeed!)

 

(Please submit a picture.  Make sure your pictures are clear, get several shots showing leaves and flower structures if possible.  And be ready to take more pictures on request.)

 

 

 

PLEEEEEASE!!!!!  This is so much fun...... I want more!!!


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lurk.gif  Sounds like fun!  I've got a couple out in my garden that I'm really not sure about.  I've an avid "seed scatterer" and have had all sorts of western wildflowers growing in my garden the last couple years.  Not to mention other flowers that have seeded (I'm finding beautiful linaria everywhere!)

There is one plant in particular that has me stumped.  I *think* it is a flower of some sort, since it seems concentrated in the area of my garden where the flowers grow.  But I'm not positive...I've been waiting for it to bloom to be sure, since it seems to be growing all over the place.  I'll try to snap a pic today.

Great idea for a thread!

 

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 (I'm finding beautiful linaria everywhere!)

 

Beautiful linaria is a brute!  Especially where I have lived for the last 7 years, not so much in Seattle.  Though, it still hasn't escaped the garden.  Its toadflax relatives are some of the worst banes of ranchers in the west.  I have a hard time pulling it because the bumblebees adore it!


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Here it is!  I would guess it is some sort of flower -- wildflower? -- since I've thrown down seed there many times, and whatever it is, it has self-seeded.  Doesn't seem to be spread all over the garden like the other weeds, but...I have no idea!  Any ideas?

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Some kind of poppy.  That's my first guess, especially since you mentioned wildflowers.

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That's got to be it.  I've had so many different types of poppies...they're one of my favorites, and this one is all over the place.  Blame postpartum brain for not recognizing them at all, lol.  I think of CA poppy leaves when I picture them.  I actually planted a bunch of Lauren's Grape and some Mexican Sunlite this year in another part of the garden.  They haven't sprouted yet, but I think the garden is going to be really beautiful and colorful!

What about this? Almost ferny...it popped up at the base of my lime tree. 
 

 

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Looks like yarrow from these pictures.


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Yup yarrow.  The medicinal variety with white or sometimes lavender-tinged flower, not the ornamental variety that has more substantial flatter leaves and flowers in a range of colors.

 

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Wow, thanks!  How random, lol.  I definitely did not plant that one....maybe it came in one of the wildflower mixes a few years ago.  It sure is pretty, and sounds like it attracts some beneficial insects as another benefit, too.  Glad I didn't pull it out.  The leaves intrigued me.  smile.gif
 

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Yarrow is common in "wildflower" mixes.  It can also be feral in some regions.


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Oh fun, once things start turning green in a month I'll have some stuff to ID.  :D


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In the meantime, I'll take pictures today of plants that I know to post them, just for fun.


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Oh fun, once things start turning green in a month I'll have some stuff to ID.  :D


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This one I know.  I'm posting it just for fun.  The picture is from TODAY, March 17th.  The picture shows the leaves just unfurling.

 

It is:

 

A Pacific NW native understory shrub

A Rose family relative

Produces edible fruits in summer that look like plums (hint: that's part of its common name) and tastes like watermelon or sweet cucumber

Produces male and female flowers on separate plants (this one is female)

Goes dormant without notice in late summer-- just looks like it croaked from our dry summers

 


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That's Indian Plum. The blooms smell like cat pee to me.
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I'm going to have to smell it-- I've never noticed!  But today is a cold day today.  Maybe tomorrow.

 

First try!  Too easy?  


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Sure is pretty!
 

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