Take a walk on the wild side.....

Discussion in 'How's It Growing?' started by pmurphy, May 29, 2020.

  1. vitog

    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    The Lythrum is called Purple Loosestrife here and is considered a rather nasty invasive in wetlands.
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Good morning vitog, yes it has that name here also. There are a few names given to it. Some that cannot be repeated due to it's invasiveness, lol
     
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    I would like to read more about genetic variations of Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). I notice so many differences in those I see in this area, especially in the way the branches are held on the trunk . . . I'm sure growing conditions play a part in how the trees develop but it would be really interesting to learn more about the genetic influences.
     
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    It wasn't so long ago that Purple Loosestrife was commonly sold in local garden centres. Most are now aware of the problems it, and other popular plants have become . . . off the top of my head - goutweed, ivy, houttuynia, periwinkle, butterfly bush. Now, responsible nurseries refuse to sell plants that are known to be invasive in their particular areas.

    https://bcinvasives.ca/news-events/...plants are sold,to become a PlantWise partner.
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Totally agree Margot, the trouble is so much is now very established and I don't think they will be eradicated only managed now.
    Most nurseries are responsible, but now we have eBay !!!!! And that's another story.
     
  6. Nik

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    Hi @Margot ,
    The Monotropa uniflora in our yard is just beginning to pop out of the ground. I will try to take some pictures also when they fully open. Unfortunately I do not see pink ones this year yet.
    It was one of the plants that puzzled me when we first moved into the house, but I managed to quickly identify it. It is simply unique.
     

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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Nothing more than 'amazing' Nik. Can't wait to see them fully emerge.
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Forgot to say Nik, we first saw the Ghost plants at the Eden Project in Devon England. We were fascinated then.
     
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    Like the parasitic Hemitomes congestum mentioned by SSivertz in Plants: Identification yesterday, Ghost plants and other non-chlorophyll-containing plants (Heteromycotrophs?) like fungi and some orchids are amongst the most beautiful and exciting to be found in our gardens - and never sold in garden centres.
     
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    The rain has stopped long enough for my mother to take some more photos...

    4126 - I believe is an invasive hawkweed
    4133 - Mallow
    4137 - Tiger lily (apparently this plant is over 5ft tall)

    Image 4128 is a columbine she bought from a garden center. This plant then crossed with the native red columbine and the last image (4130) is the result. I've told her to mark the plant and gather the seeds.
     

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    Looks like you are going to have a gift of some wonderful seeds from your mum soon. That's a lovely red.
     
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    Hi @pmurphy ,
    Lovely pictures! Are you sure 4133 is Mallow, it looks more like a Geranium to me.
    I have been trying to germinate Geranium macrorrhizum seeds without success for two years now. I guess I need to purchase a plant eventually. It has something to do with my childhood, just like food, other smells and senses really can bring you back to a very young age...
     
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    It could be a geranium, my mother provided the name but she wasn't sure.
     
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    Definitely a Geranium
     
  15. Nik

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    I do not know what this small plant is. Any ideas?
     

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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Looks like a Pyrola, not sure what variety. I will keep looking Nik.
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Possibly the Picta.
     
  18. Nik

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    Thank you, D! The genus is definitely correct, I am not sure about picta.
    Here are some I believe are from the same genus but different species. They have not opened yet.
     

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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Chimaphila macula. Ericaceae family again.
     
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    Yes, I think you are correct, Chimaphila maculata seems right for this one! Thanks!
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Glad I was of help Nik. My old RHS plant encyclopedia is getting a lot of use. Lovely plants you are seeing and adding for us all to enjoy. Thankyou.
     
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    Some more Monotropa uniflora from our yard. This year, for the very first time, I see some that are with purple nuances in their flowers (the last 3 photos). Previously I have seen pinkish, but never purple.. I guess that depends on the species of fungi.
     

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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Good afternoon Nik, photos 8 and 9 are so beautiful. Although they all are. Do hope you can keep these protected from future sunlight to preserve them in your garden. They must be a big talking point with your friends when they visit !!?
     
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    Hi D, only occasionally when they show up in the middle of the backyard. And that area is full sun most of the day, so they don’t necessarily have to be in deep shade.
    Here is Chimaphila maculata opening, thanks again for the ID.
     

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    Good morning Nik, how do to take such wonderful close ups !!? thought I managed a fairly good one on the virtual garden tour thread this morning of my Mouse Ears Hosta 'then I saw your close up'. Oh well more practice !!
     

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