Mysteries, Surprises, and Treasures

There have been a lot of surprises in the garden this spring.

I’ve had several “mystery” plants pop up, and some I’ve yet to identify. Maybe you will recognize them?

This Gaillardia pulchella (Blanket Flower) appeared out of nowhere, and at first I wasn’t sure if it wasn’t a weed, but I let it stay in place until it flowered and boy, am I glad I did.  I have four of these. This one is the most advanced.


Next, I have a plant that hitched a ride in the pot with my Chasmanthium latifolium (Northern Sea Oats) last year.  The strange bluish leaves were there before the 2016 winter hit so it must be a perennial, but I am clueless as to what it is.  It does have a couple of flower buds.  Any ideas?


A closer look at the leaves :


And this baby below with the long narrow leaves could be a phlox, but I’m not positive.  I didn’t plant it either. I don’t think it’s a weed.


As I was pulling weeds in one of my beds, I was pleasantly surprised to discover a lily masked by the Calyptocarpus vialis (horse herb) growing over it. I don’t remember what color or variety it is so I’m looking forward to its bloom.


I am also in the midst of installing a mulched path at the very back of the yard.  (The project stalled for about 5 days because of various conflicts.) One of these conflicts was a narcissus growing right where the path needed to go.  I decided to relocate the narcissus.  No big deal, right?  Well, much to my surprise, the two or three bulbs I thought I’d find turned into 29 bulb-lets.  It took some time to find new places for them all!


Finally, I decided to take another photo of my $1. Big Box bargain rack petunia. Can you find the hidden bird in the picture below?

I was caught off guard by the hummingbird who decided to drop in for a selfie.  He wasn’t there when I got out the camera. (He’s hard to spot because he blends in with the ground below him. He’s right by the flower that is above the garbage can on the ground below.)


Finally, this Stokesia laevis, known as Stokes’ aster, bloomed far earlier than expected, and I’m in love. I’ve never grown Stokes’ aster before.


 And in the hope of making you laugh, I’ll leave you with the last photo.  I’m still learning the Latin names of plants. I “get” the fact that common plant names are sometimes too common such that fifty plants are called by the same common name.  BUT that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun with the Latin.


One thought on “Mysteries, Surprises, and Treasures

  1. You’ve certainly have lots of mystery plants popping up and more colour. Sorry I can’t help you with any Identification. But the hummingbird is delightful. I wish we had these down under. They are so beautiful. We do have native honey eaters, Wattle birds, that have a lovely call and can mimic other birds. Just wish they could flap their wings really fast.


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