More Garden Pix

One of the natives we bought at Annie's.
The leaf that I am holding in the 2nd picture is from a plant in a corner of the yard (3rd picture). It was completely bare at first. It has a lot of upright cane-like stems all coming from a central root area, and it is about 5-6 feet tall. Any ideas about it? It reminds me of a poinsettia. The prickly pear, of which we have been harvesting and eating the pads, is finally also producing fruit. Not a lot so far, but I'm hopeful. I'm in love with the walking onions, in multiple pictures below, not just because they look like crazy Dr. Seuss plants, but because they taste great, too!






5 comments:

Anonymous said...

i think the 2nd plant you mention & show is:
Abelmoschus moschatus, or annual hibiscus. look here for more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abelmoschus_moschatus. also, check annie's annuals website & look at pics under Abelmoschus manihot & also all under Hibiscus. look familiar?

thanks for the pics & updates! polly

Catalin said...

I've just looked at all the pictures I could find of both types of abelmoschus. It could be what I have, but I'm not sure. None of the pictures show anything with the plant structure of mine because they are mostly highlighting the flower or pods, neither of which my plant has yet.

What's it called when a plant stays tall and alive but just leafless during the winter? That's what this did. It was bare, like a deciduous tree, and then gradually leafed out, much slower than the fruit trees though.

It would make sense that it might be abelmoschus moschatus, as it is planted in the part of the yard where all the other herbs are: rue, mugwort, mints, oregano, lemongrass, and a couple other things that escape me right now.

I'll post another picture when it finally gets a flower.

Anonymous said...

you ask...What's it called when a plant stays tall and alive but just leafless during the winter?

are you looking for the word: dormant? or dormancy?

deciduous too clarifies this.

happy gardening full of discoveries. keep me posted, polly

Virginia said...

Could the tall bush/shrub be a castor bean plant? I haven't seen one in ages, but it reminds of the one we had in our backyard on Riviera Drive. The stems were hollow and we used to hide treaure maps in them. Then my Mom found out that they were poison, so she tore them out.

By the way, she and I also have a history of letting unknown plants grow until we could see what they were.

Catalin said...

Mom, I think you are right, but I'll wait till I see the seeds. The flowers of castor bean are described as nondescript, which these definitely are, but again none of the pictures look quite exactly like my plant.

It would be funny if it is poisonous castor bean since the rue that caused Justin so much grief was planted right next to it. Maybe it's the poison plant corner of the garden!