Three of Those Six Other

Where has the time gone?

Whaddaya mean, “Ask us”? Insolent vertebrae.

The final hill of fill has been razed. All the seedlings, except for a few teeny-tinys, have been planted. The bricks outlining the front bed have been exchanged for rounded rocks. Planters have been stuffed. Sods have been cut out from one part of the yard and moved to another. Bird feeders have been refilled several times. Fence pickets have been hand-sawn and primed. The gravel path around the garage has been formed.

Plus there were things like, I dunno, eating and sleeping. And films. We watched The Young Victoria on DVD on Queen Victoria’s birthday. Last night we went to the movies and saw Robin Hood. Both films were excellent in their attention to period detail; I’d recommend both.

Anyway, remember those six Mystery Plants from last week? Here are developments on four of them.

1. Mystery Plant #4. Vancouver blogger Stevie, of Garden Therapy, correctly identified this one as Hardy Geranium. It’s also called — I think — Cranesbill. It has nice little pink flowers.

2. Mystery Plant #6. Again, Stevie got this one right. It’s Centaurea Montana, aka Bachelor’s Button or Mountain Bluet or Perennial Cornflower but not, unfortunately, Purple Coneflower. It’s purple enough, however, that Alex has awarded Pennycat her extra 8,000 points. Congratulations to both of you!

3. Mystery Plant #5. On Wednesday, I took a day off and spent it at the library. One book I looked at was about poisonous plants, and there in the introduction was my little carroty friend. It’s Poison Hemlock, and very, very, very poisonous. Luckily, the dogs haven’t bothered with it, preferring to crop the fern fiddleheads and munch on dandelion capers. I’m evicting it anyway.

4. Mystery Plant #2. This one is still a mystery, but I’m intrigued by the way it has one woody stem — the one you saw last week — and now this second, hollow stem.

And speaking of mysteries…what are these little beauties?

And then a voice comes from above:

“Oh for pity’s sake, can’t you stop asking questions for once? Relax, have a seed!”

15 Responses to Three of Those Six Other

  1. Shelley says:

    I think the light lavender one could be Jacob’s Ladder…too dark to go outside and look at the leaves of mine.

  2. Seabrooke says:

    I think I might recognize mystery plant #2 – although I don’t know the name for it, either. It’s in our garden here, and seems to be a bit invasive, either seeding itself vigorously, or otherwise putting up shoots from runners, I’m not sure. In the photo below, it’s the one with the fluffy pinkish flower heads in the back of the garden in the middle, behind the beebalm and between the plume poppies.


    (larger size here)

  3. Seabrooke says:

    Oh, and also, the poison hemlock could also be cow parsley, a non-toxic species of similar appearance.

  4. eyegillian says:

    That last one’s a common grackle; they are quite frequently planted beside bird feeders. And they’re rude, too — look at it, talking with its mouth full. Humph.

  5. lavenderbay says:

    Hi, Shelley! That would be neat if it is, because it’s just two steps over from the Solomon’s Seal we bought — might as well have all the Patriarchs together. It looks as though it came in the dirt clump of a young Spirea bush that got moved “temporarily” when the house water main was repaired (before our time).

    Hi, Seabrooke! Yep, that’s they all right. Good to know it won’t grow much higher; it has sure jumped up in a few months. So far it’s at the head of the hedgerow, where I can keep an eye on it.
    I hope you’re right about the carroty plant, because I’ve seen it swathing entire vacant lots around here (shudder). I’m turfing it anyway. 🙂

    Hi, Eyegillian! Good to see you back in the blogosphere. Nice photoblog!
    I was worried that Common Grackle might be an invasive species when three dozen of ’em swarmed the feeder one afternoon, but since then only one or two stop by at a time.

  6. Tony says:

    The hemlock looks to me like celery, or maybe it’s just the camera angle

  7. S. Le says:

    eyegillian’s comment was hilarious! Lovely photos!

  8. lavenderbay says:

    Hi, Tony! I made sure to get the ridged look of the stalk in the photo. The plant is a member of the Apiaceae family, closely related to celery, carrot, parsnip, parsley, and caraway. I guess when it comes to these plants, don’t eat anything you didn’t grow yourself!

    Hi, S. Le! Yes, it’s nice to see Eyegillian back in the blogosphere. Glad you like the photos!

  9. livingisdetail says:

    Poison hemlock! It does look a lot like celery. I found some other names for Hemlock – ‘badman’s oatmeal’and ‘poison parsley’. Found here

    Definitely a plant to evict.

  10. Hemlock? Have you looked to see if Socrates is hanging around trying to make tea?

  11. lavenderbay says:

    Hi, Livingisdetail! Thanks for the link; great website, which I’ve bookmarked. “Badman’s Oatmeal” definitely wins for creative marketing!

    Hi, James! Never fear, Socrates’ kettle has been confiscated; peerless philosopher, but lousy cook.

  12. Alyson says:

    I’m afraid it’s all Canadian to me!

  13. lavenderbay says:

    Thought I’d give it a worl’ anyway, Alyson. It’s surprising how many of our wildflowers here are escaped European imports.

  14. lolarusa says:

    Is #4 stickery at all? It might be what we in Seattle call Devil’s Club.

    There was a recent item in our local news about someone poisoned by hemlock, mistaking it for a more benign umbillifer.

  15. lavenderbay says:

    It doesn’t appear to be Devil’s Club, Lolarusa, though I can see why you’d guess that, with the leaves wrapping the stems, but there are no spines on the stems. It may be a bona fide ornamental, from the looks of it in the perennial bed on the property that Seabrooke recently moved into (see comment and link to photo above).
    My library book on poisonous plants mentions two incidents of children in Vancouver (BC) ingesting the plant, pretending it was a garden vegetable while playing house. I’m all for Stalking the Wild Whatever, but umbellifers are definitely off the list.

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