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How is your garden looking today?

 
 
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 06:44 pm
@chai2,
chai2 wrote:

Is this a weed


from the bio / gardening point of view ... a weed is a plant that is somewhere you don't want it to be

for me ... lawn grass is always a weed, ferns are never weeds
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 06:47 pm
@ehBeth,
We've been having rain, so most people's grass are now green (from brown). I also have some flowers in our yard, so that should be good for them. Love the rain!
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 06:51 pm
@cicerone imposter,
we have a couple of feet of snow - can't really see anything but the fences these days. I did notice that one large stem of my lilac split in the icestorm. I have to go tie it/tape it up.
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chai2
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 07:09 pm
@ehBeth,
Yeah, I get that, but I am curious if anyone knows what specific plant this is.

https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/52810443_1288650644621103_7554752984383488000_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-2.xx&oh=fd6ebeddf3bb312f92eb9539b80b5bbf&oe=5CE9593C
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 07:17 pm
@chai2,
You'll need to key it out to i.d. it.

touch it, look at the top/bottom of the leaves, are the leaves alternate - that sort of thing

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/plantmaterials/technical/toolsdata/plant/?cid=stelprdb1045110

it might be worth finding out if there is anything like a county extension office where you are
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 07:38 pm
@chai2,
Looks like a plant I've seen in Hawaii and CA.
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chai2
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 07:42 pm
@ehBeth,
Honestly, I would never be able to figure out what it is. I know my skill set, and plant identification is not one of them.

Just hoping someoneone would know off hand. Thanks though.

Here's the pic again in case someone recognizes it.

I had planted echinaca somewhere else a year or 2 ago, so I was hoping it was seeding there. Less work for me.

But it now seems too dense to be coneflower. Plus no flowers of course, but it's only February.

https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/52810443_1288650644621103_7554752984383488000_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-2.xx&oh=fd6ebeddf3bb312f92eb9539b80b5bbf&oe=5CE9593C
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 07:51 pm
@chai2,
Plant i.d. was one of the things I did for a living yonks ago, and still do an occasional gig at. To i.d. something like that mass of leaves I'd want a LOT more pix. Keying out isn't hard, just a bit tedious if you're not used to it.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 07:51 pm
@chai2,
Could it be, https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=AwrWqv50bGdc.JYAsxEPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTByNWU4cGh1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzYw--?p=Golden+Dieffenbachia+and+Pothos&fr=yhs-iry-fullyhosted_011&hspart=iry&hsimp=yhs-fullyhosted_011
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 08:04 pm
@cicerone imposter,
ci - those plants don't look anything like what I posted.

Not the same color, those have 2 colors, not the same texture, not the same size, etc etc.

I give you reprieve from making any more attempts to help, as you are pulling things out of thin air.

Does anyone else know off hand?

https://scontent-dfw5-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/52810443_1288650644621103_7554752984383488000_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&_nc_ht=scontent-dfw5-2.xx&oh=fd6ebeddf3bb312f92eb9539b80b5bbf&oe=5CE9593C
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 08:06 pm
@ehBeth,
Yeah, honestly, I just wanted to see if anyone who is experienced with gardening knows what it is.

I'm not out to acquire a new skill set at this stage.

Thanks anyway.
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neptuneblue
 
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Reply Fri 15 Feb, 2019 08:10 pm
@chai2,
Could it be Lamb's Ear? Are the leaves soft, velvety feeling?

 http://www.whatgrowsthere.com/grow/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Stachys-BigEars-1.jpg
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 16 Feb, 2019 06:15 am
@chai2,
it looks a lot like one of the varieties of wide leafed pampas grasses but they need frost free , is that your zone this year??
Otherwise I got nothin.
chai2
 
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Reply Sat 16 Feb, 2019 10:56 am
@farmerman,
We haven’t had officially freezing temps, but close enough for government work. I’m gonna keep my eyes open to see if anyone else on my street has this, and ask them.

I was enjoying gardening for quite a while, but the last couple three years I just want the front of my house to not look horrible. There are a lot of stuff around these plants I gotta pull up. I was just hoping this was something that would flower down the line.

Honestly? I live with the idea that at any given time I’m going to put the house on the market. It’s a good house. Well built. But not what is now being built in this neighborhood. I am under no illusion that whoever buys it won’t tear it down and built some 3000 square foot 2 or 3 story thing. So as far as curb appear, pffft.

The people who last owned the small old house across from me did all this stuff, none of it extremely expensive individually, and the minute it was sold the whole thing was razed in a morning. I doubt in the extreme the little curb plants or wood bench around a tree trunk influenced the buyer one iota.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 16 Feb, 2019 11:11 am
@chai2,
since most of my gardening includes destroying bamboo nd growing veggies , Ms F and I have gotten to using rounded stone "mulch to keep the weeds away from the plants and knockout roses and crepe myrtles. We lay down a hefty layer of wet newspaper (an old school means of spreading news). We keep the papers wet and begin dumping bags of blackish diabase or basaltic river pebbles around so they clear the bushes and make a desert where no weeds will grow for a few years . When the weeds do appear, they are easy to remove as long as they are attended to on a biweekly basis.

We used to belong to an "old house owners help line" wherein we, (the owners of really old houses) were always going from being elated at our work or our latest finding in the house,,TO utter depression where youd easily burn the place down. SO when ever someone on the line would get depressed , the rest would talk them down from the ledge.

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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 20 Feb, 2019 04:06 pm
@chai2,
Perhaps it’s Lilly-of-the-valley. It blooms in later spring. If it’s this plant, then you’ll see small multiple white bell-shaped flowers on each stem. I googled it and the leaves look similar to yours. The prefer part to full shade, FWIW.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Wed 20 Feb, 2019 05:02 pm
If it’s fuzzy to the touch, it could be lambs ear or pulmonaria (spring bloomer)
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chai2
 
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Reply Thu 21 Feb, 2019 01:37 pm
Answer.

It's some type of salvia.
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Fri 22 Feb, 2019 09:37 pm
@chai2,
The leaves look awfully smooth for salvia. Post pixs when it blooms, please.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 22 Feb, 2019 10:35 pm
@chai2,
Thank you. I larned something from your question. We have an area around some evergreen bushes where these Blue sages (called "Evolution " salvia) they just keep re-seeding themselves on most yars. Now that you called it out, I recall that these salvias have leaves like thse you took pix of.

"evolution salvia" I cant get away from everything I post revolving around biology


ALSO, the flowers will probably turn out to be blueish on nice stems, ya oughta leave em and dont **** with em, they will get a nice dense but somewhat desheviled look, kinda naturally clumped (I like that look and we plant for huge repeating clumps) Maybe Ill be able to start another two clumps around some other bushes. I like odd numbers of plantings


 

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