Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mystery plants everywhere!

Ok, first of all, I need to clear something up. When I excitedly posted earlier this week about my fast-sprouting pea pods, I made a critical error. I posted pics of plants that are not even peas! Rob pointed out that the peas we grew two years ago in our balcony vegetable garden had little leaves on them. He was right! How humiliating. Well, not really. I've said it before. I'm not a scientist or botanist. I'm just a girl who loves peas. And I still can't figure out how these new mystery plants managed to survive my mad tilling. I have no idea what these plants are, but I'll no doubt have to start weeding them out as they are becoming quite large.

Luckily, my peas are still managing to grow, even in their increasingly hostile environment. Aren't they cute?





We bought our house in the winter. With the yard covered in a layer of snow, we have no idea what kind of plants lived here. Now that it's spring, there are mystery plants popping up everywhere.

I've got these things growing all along the sidewalk:



And there's this pretty flowering mystery bush:







And then there's this odd patch of who-knows-what:





Could these possibly be mint?

There are so many mystery plants around here (and I haven't even gotten to the front yard yet). I can only hope that none of these are poisonous to dogs, cats, husbands, or peas. Please comment if you have any idea what these crazy things are.

4 comments:

Jordana May 4, 2009 at 4:52 PM  

Flowering mystery bush - possibly rhododendron?

http://www.plant-identification.co.uk/images/ericaceae/rhododendron-ponticum-2.jpg

Odd patch of who knows what - it's a long shot, but wouldn't it be cool if they were strawberries? You'd know soon enough, they'll get cute little white flowers on them.

http://www.thequestcolumbus.com/hello/1118888/1024/DSC08648-2005.07.06-07.06.53.jpg

faerie_bel May 4, 2009 at 8:36 PM  

The purple flowering bush might be an Azalea. Very similar leaves to the one I have in my garden. After it's done flowering, give it a good pruning and it will look even better next spring.

The last plant... you'd know if it was mint by the smell. It almost looks like a herb of some sort. Do the leaves smell nice?

Dave May 6, 2009 at 7:26 PM  

That first plant looks like Lilies of the Valley: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lily_of_the_valley

My first thought on the "odd patch" was strawberries, but it looks like they're growing too vertical. I hope it's not stinging nettles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stinging_nettle

Rob "The Renovator" Whitman May 11, 2009 at 10:59 AM  

Oh god I hope they are strawberries!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu6Ul7Daxk4

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