Half a Dozen of the Other

This isn’t a gardening blog.

Really. Really, it isn’t.

It’s a blog about Turtle’s life.

On the other hand, some of you may be wearying of photos of DIRT in one aspect or another: healthy DIRT, stony DIRT, rainy DIRT, dusty DIRT, DIRT in wheelbarrows, DIRT on hands, DIRT on dogs, DIRT on floors, brown DIRT, grey DIRT, red DIRT…

You get the picture.

And Thursday’s delivery of a truckload of topsoil is so not helping.

Let’s say, then, that Alex Trebeck is having a bad hair day. He’s got his quiz question-answers all lined up, but has lost the answer-questions. The category is “plants”. Here are six photos with their clues. Can you identify any or all of them? Because Turtle sure can’t. Thanks in advance if you recognize any!

PS I’ve never tried using the slideshow function before. If it’s new to you too, you’ll find that if you mouse over it, there will be forwards/backwards/stop buttons. And to be sure which plant goes with which clue, Mystery Plant#1 is the only one that’s got chew holes (if you squint, you may even find a snail on the central leaf).

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Mystery Plant#1. Found deep under the hedgerow, these snail snackbars have elephantine leaves with maroon undersides and stems.

Mystery Plant#2. Its deeply notched, shiny leaves grow directly from a red stem.

Mystery Plant#3. This plant has delicate, soft, ferny foliage.

Mystery Plant#4. The dull green  “antlers” of its leaf radiate like the spokes of a wheel.

Mystery Plant#5. This low, mounding weed is about to break into white blossoms.

Mystery Plant#6. At the centre of this perennial’s fuzzy, pointed leaves lies a pine-cone-shaped bud waiting to burst.

13 Responses to Half a Dozen of the Other

  1. Ummmmm, I’ll take “Things Inside Your Computer” for $800, Alex …

  2. lavenderbay says:

    Okay, James! “This hot drink may help keep Mama alert, but puts the Motherboard to sleep.” (Man, your posts are memorable!)

  3. and we’re certain they’re not weeds?

  4. S. Le says:

    Love the slideshow! Beautiful! When faced with a wildflower project, Art Major and I discovered 27 distinct varieties in our woods!

  5. lavenderbay says:

    No, we’re not certain, Stephanie. Number 5 is definitely a weed and number 6, in the front flower bed, is definitely a perennial (we’ve been living here only since September). The other four are all located in the Alpine Currant hedging between our property and next door. I especially like the foliage of numbers 3 and 4. Number 1 looks as though it should be in a pot by the window sill in a living room — far away from vigilante snails.

    Excellent, S. Le! Isn’t it wonderful to know that your knowledge of wild things — wildflowers, or birds, or trees, for example — tallies up in the dozens?

  6. Tony says:

    I can’t help with any of them. Have been away for a few days & am frantically trying to catch up with my blog reading. I like seeing all your garden stuff. Great to see how your garden/yard is developing. Dirt is good, nothing like time in the garden getting your hands in the dirt

  7. lavenderbay says:

    Thanks, Tony, I’m glad to know you’re enjoying all my outdoor pictures. We’ll be planting the seedlings any day now, and I’m trying to refrain from photographing every blessed last one of them!

  8. pennycat says:

    #6 Echinacea (purle coneflower)

  9. pennycat says:

    Hmmm, paw slipped, I meant, PURRRRPLE CONEFLOWER!!!

  10. lavenderbay says:

    And Pennycat takes the lead with 8,000 points!

    Please bear in mind, Ms Cat, that if it blooms purple, your score is automatically doubled. We’ll find out after the (two week) break!

  11. Stevie says:

    Here are some ideas for you:
    1. perhaps Ligularia dentata or Bergenia
    4. Hardy Geranium
    6. Centaurea Montana (bachelor button)

  12. lavenderbay says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Stevie! The Wikipedia article on Bergenia has a photo of one almost as chewed as mine, so it’s a strong possibility. Your guess of Hardy Geranium looks good, too. Not positive about the Centaurea — I’ll have to post another photo once it blooms, and satisfy everyone’s curiosity.

  13. […] remember those six Mystery Plants from last week? Here are developments on four of […]

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