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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Plant Identification

Our new home's previous owner, Maguy, loved plants and flowers and trees and herbs and gardens. All of this is so definitely out of my comfort zone, BUT I am intrigued and hoping I have found a new hobby. I am determined to keep her plants beautiful. In order to do this I must know what they are. Here are two...

I love the orange flowers on this bush. So tiny. It is growing all around my purple clematis.

This is a tree. I thought the large leaves were interesting and then these little brownish things popped up with round things on the end. THEN each little round thing popped out a small flower. I have never seen anything like it.

So far I have figured out rhododendrons, bleeding hearts, humulus lupulus {hops}, roses, and purple clematis. I have also identified peach trees, blueberry bushes, grapes, and blackberry bushes. Dr. Hubby said he believes there is some peppermint in there too. Maguy had several herbs. Holy Moly! I hope I don't accidentally pull out something important.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give my black thumb...lol.


Kristina P. said...

I have a black black thumb! No advice, sorry to say.

Garden of Egan said...

Those looks so pretty. It is going to be so much fun for you. How exciting!

That will be great to have your in-laws so close. Hope your FIL is improving every day.

I'm a plant idiot, so sorry, no help.

Dana and Daisy said...

the orange one is commonly called butterfly weed or butterfly milkweed, but it is not a weed. so don't pull it out, and it is a perrennial, it will come back year after year.

and yes it attracts butterflies!

Scrappy Girl said...

Thank you Dana! Can't wait for all the butterflies!

Dana and Daisy said...

I'm not sure what the tree is, but wait till it goes thru the season and see if the little flowers turn to seed pods, that might help you identify it.

Dana and Daisy said...

oh and you will know if you are pulling out herbs, cause they will give off a strong scent when you grab them! one good way to test is crunch a few leaves in your fingers and then smell, but avoid doing this with poison ivy, be sure to learn to identify it.

Dana and Daisy said...

and only because you are new to gardening and have little ones, but learn which plants attract snakes, they love blackberries I've been told. and they also love to hide under vines and ground covers such as mint. and anywhere there is decomposing material such as junipers.

Dana and Daisy said...

don't mean to scare you, but just to be careful.

Scrappy Girl said...

Don't worry Dana. I am already freaked out about snakes! We cut one up with the mower and a friend spotted a black snake near the old house we have to tear down. We are being extra careful since no one has lived in the home for almost a year too.

Julie Harward said...

Good for you and I am sure it will be a fun hobby..they are so pretty! :D

M-Cat said...

Wish I could help you - I kill any living thing in my care..... I just like to look at them and admire

Creative Mish said...

They're both pretty... I love digging in the dirt and planting flowers

Cherie said...

I am no help identifying plants but I love that plant in the first picture. We saw those when we were visiting another state a few years ago and fell in love. So cute they look like little stars.

Unknown Mami said...

How exciting you are going to learn so much. There might be some tragedies along the way, but that's just part of the process.

Sue said...

Your pictures are beautiful. Love the colors. I wish I knew more. My husband is the master gardner at our house.

You are surrounded by beauty

Brooke Higgins said...

So, you can do gardening and other things simultaneously. Impressive! meet and greet luton

Maya Alexander said...

These flower are really beautiful. You have great collection of flowers in your garden.

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Sabrina Green said...

they are looking so pretty. i want all of them.
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