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From:Date:Zone:
Sharon Morgan13-Jun-05 05:18 PM EST 4b   
Patricia14-Jun-05 03:36 PM EST 5   
Alma15-Jun-05 04:02 PM EST 5b   
Dan14-Dec-05 07:34 AM EST 5   
Karen Turner15-Dec-05 11:40 AM EST 2a   
Michelle16-Dec-05 10:48 PM EST 5b   
karen Turner05-Jan-06 12:33 PM EST 2a   
Michelle. L.05-Jan-06 10:46 PM EST 5b   
Patricia 07-Jan-06 03:27 PM EST 5a   
Michelle Luttmerding07-Jan-06 07:43 PM EST 5b   
Patricia08-Jan-06 06:41 PM EST 5a   
Linda01-Feb-06 04:38 PM EST 7a   
karen turner14-Jul-06 04:39 PM EST 2a   
karen turner14-Jul-06 04:45 PM EST 2a   
Shari15-Jul-06 10:48 AM EST 6   
Nancy18-Jul-06 06:30 PM EST 5   
Diane06-Aug-06 04:44 PM EST 5   
Patricia 21-Aug-06 08:17 PM EST 5a   
Michelle. L.22-Aug-06 02:04 AM EST 5a   
karen turner22-Aug-06 12:48 PM EST 2a   
B. J. Jackson02-Nov-06 01:14 PM EST 2b   
B. J. Jackson02-Nov-06 01:14 PM EST 2b   
shanta14-Dec-06 07:43 PM EST 6b   
matt07-Jan-07 09:30 AM EST 5a   
AnneD11-Jan-07 01:14 PM EST 2b   
kariltur@hotmail.com10-Feb-07 05:38 PM EST 2a   
kariltur@hotmail.com06-Mar-07 02:21 PM EST   
Sarah.06-Mar-07 05:44 PM EST 6b   
Shirley 14-Apr-07 10:47 AM EST 7   
Eileen14-Aug-07 07:58 PM EST 5b   
kariltur@hotmail.com14-Sep-07 06:08 PM EST 2   
Theresa14-Sep-07 11:58 PM EST 6b   
Evelyn19-Sep-07 07:13 PM EST 6b   


Subject: Unknown Plants
From: Sharon Morgan
Zone: 4b
Date: 13-Jun-05 05:18 PM EST

I bought 25 day lily "bulbs" from Veseys Bulbs in PEI. They've started coming up and only a few of them have the long spikey leaves I was expecting. The rest of are throwing off shoots with 5-8 leaflets at the end in a star shaped pattern. Any idea what they are? I have pictures but do not know where to post them.


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5
Date: 14-Jun-05 03:36 PM EST

Sharon - what you describe sounds more like true "lilies" than day lilies. Day lilies don't come from "bulbs", if you order a day lily by mail, you would receive a "fan" of the long spiky leaves you mention,with white-ish roots similar to a short, stubby carrot.


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Alma
Zone: 5b
Date: 15-Jun-05 04:02 PM EST

You can email customerservice@veseys.com even send them pictures as an attachment in the email. They are very good at getting back to you. I find them very helpful and care about their customers.


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Dan (dan.clost@sympatico.ca)
Zone: 5
Date: 14-Dec-05 07:34 AM EST

Hi Sharon, I just came across this thread- "unknown" just draws me in. I suspect that Patricia has the right of it.

There is another possibility- yellow nutsedge, that can look like your description. Lots of photos on the web


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Karen Turner
Zone: 2a
Date: 15-Dec-05 11:40 AM EST

I would like to know how to save glad bulbs. I live in an apartment. I put them in mesh bags then paper bags. Then i put these in an styrofoam container filled with peat moss. They are in a spot next to the building on my balcony. Is this okay?


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Michelle
Zone: 5b
Date: 16-Dec-05 10:48 PM EST

Hi Karen, I would say that would be fine except the part of putting them outside on your balcony.. being in zone2a i would think that would be too cold, you don't want them to freeze. I put mine in a box in layers with peat moss and store them in my cold room in the basement, although it is quite cold, they do not freeze, and they have been fine for years, blooming every summer. Do you have a storage area maybe to put them in?? Good luck


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: karen Turner
Zone: 2a
Date: 05-Jan-06 12:33 PM EST

How do you think the gardens will fare this coming year as we have no snow only frozen ground? I'm worried about my goose berry bush which will be three years old this summer as well as others like dragons blood and columbine. I'm in an community garden on parkland with no fencing allowed. Also planted some tulip bulbs in large 14" depth and 14" across plnter pots. What do you think with the crazy weather we've been experiencing? Will they live?


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5b
Date: 05-Jan-06 10:46 PM EST

Happy new year!!! or we will see how happy we are this spring when we see the results of this weird weather we are having!!! Snow cover is so important, it's like a blanket for our plants, i guess thats why they say "a blanket of snow"... those are very hardy plants though, and i would say they could be fine as long as the ground stays frozen, i think the freezing and thawing of the ground is worse for them than no snow. the roots stay dormant if the ground stays frozen, the snow is that extra insulation. I live in the Okanogan and we are having weather in the +'s and lately lots of rain, so i hope the ground stays completely frozen as we have No snow cover for a very long time.My magnolia i'm sure will suffer damage as it has very fat buds already, like they are thinking of opening...i think we have to cross our fingers and hope for the best.. but i would say your tulips should be fine, snow or not. Good luck, let me know how it turns out.


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5a
Date: 07-Jan-06 03:27 PM EST

Michelle: magnolia buds always look really fat in the middle of winter - but I would not worry too much if I were you: they are a lot hardier than they look! If we can grow them in Ottawa, you should be fine in the Okanagan. There is one right near my office and the weather there is brutal: but each year, along come these beautiful pink flowers!


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Michelle Luttmerding
Zone: 5b
Date: 07-Jan-06 07:43 PM EST

Patricia: magnolia buds yes, are fat in the winter, but this is different, they are showing signs of opening.. I have had it for almost 14 years and have had this only once before and yes it did suffer damage. Where i live in the Okanogan is zone 5, same as you.


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5a
Date: 08-Jan-06 06:41 PM EST

Hope all turns out for the best.


Subject: where is 2a zone
From: Linda
Zone: 7a
Date: 01-Feb-06 04:38 PM EST

I feel sorry for Karen in the zone 2a.


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: karen turner (kariltur@hotmail.com)
Zone: 2a
Date: 14-Jul-06 04:39 PM EST

Does anyone know what is eating the tops off my beans when they emerge from the soil and get a couple of inches off the surface?

Also I have to move my gooseberry bush either this fall(late) or early in the spring. Our community plots are being relocated for the building of an ambulance center on the parkway. It is in a pot down in the raised bed. It is really flourishing this year so I hope I don't lose it! I at this time also want to put it in a much larger pot. What size up from an 5 gallon black plastic pot should I move it to? Really need someones advice, HELP!


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: karen turner (kariltur@hotmail.com)
Zone: 2a
Date: 14-Jul-06 04:45 PM EST

wouldlike to next spring plant a small tree (dwarf) on my east facing balcony. Anyone have an idea for a very large pot of at least 24 inches across and very deep. I have 2 of them. I'm planning to put a vine in the other one with a trellis behind it and against the wall.


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Shari (sharishabits@telus.net)
Zone: 6
Date: 15-Jul-06 10:48 AM EST

Karen: regarding your beans, could you have cutworms? They come out at night and chew on your plants, then go down into the soil during the day. That's why you don't see them, just the evidence of them! Try scratching around your beans about 1 inch down into the soil, that's where the cutworms hide out. They are fat little worms about an inch long, green or brown.

If that is the problem you can remove the ones you find, and/or put collars around your bean plants. I've found that plastic drinking cups work well for this. Cut out the bottom, make a cut down the side so you can get the cup around the stem, then wiggle or dig it into the dirt so the rim is about 1" below the surface. This prevents the cutworms from getting to your plants so they can't crawl up the stems and feed. If you have lots of bean plants though you may want to try a different solution!

there are other possibilities but this is the one that leaps to my mind as I am unfortunately all too familiar with cutworms!

I am a bush neophyte myself so I won't try to help you with that topic.


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 18-Jul-06 06:30 PM EST

Hi Karen,

Are you sure you don't have rabbits? They love to nibble my bean leaves just as they get about 3 inches high, leaving all these little Y's sticking out of the soil. I fight back with a good dose of Critter Ridder as the sprouts are just starting to emerge, then reapply about two weeks later. That usually get the plants up high enough that the bunnies loose interest.


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Diane
Zone: 5
Date: 06-Aug-06 04:44 PM EST

I was given a plant this spring which I was told was a "catmint", but it has no scent. It resembles anise hyssop, but again the leaves have no scent. The flowers are pinkish-mauve, and the seed pods are very prickly. Any ideas?


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Patricia (iris1@rogers.com)
Zone: 5a
Date: 21-Aug-06 08:17 PM EST

Karen - I've noticed that birds will nibble the tops off young pea vines when they are about 3 inches tall. The solution for me was to build a teepee of chicken wire loosely around the plants until they are bigger and stronger, like about a foot tall. Then I remove it. I find chicken wire is a terrific thing to have in a vegie patch: for instance, when you plant seeds that are slow to emerge, like carrots, lay a piece of chicken wire over the soil and secure the corners with rocks or bricks. The cats (who love to dig in freshly turned soil) won't bother the carrot area when it is covered in chicken wire. When the carrots are about 3 inches tall, gently remove the wire.


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5a
Date: 22-Aug-06 02:04 AM EST

Chicken wire works great, I use it in the beginning of spring after i have seeded my beds to keep my cats out.. I tried the "Piss of Plants" that are supposed to repel them but either it doesn't work or my cats are insane because they not only didn't care it was there but they LOVED it!!! LOL


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: karen turner (kariltur@hotmail.com)
Zone: 2a
Date: 22-Aug-06 12:48 PM EST

thanks everyone it was indeed the rabbits that got my beans. Now we have tow legged animals really cleaning out our plots. got most of our potatoes and tomatoes and my parsley plant.

karen


Subject: Looking for Seed
From: B. J. Jackson
Zone: 2b
Date: 02-Nov-06 01:14 PM EST

I am looking for any kind of heuchera seed to trade. If you can help e-mail me at jacksonb@brandonu.ca

Thanks,

BJ in SW MB


Subject: Looking for Seed
From: B. J. Jackson
Zone: 2b
Date: 02-Nov-06 01:14 PM EST

I am looking for any kind of heuchera seed to trade. If you can help e-mail me at jacksonb@brandonu.ca

Thanks,

BJ in SW MB


Subject: RE: vine/grass seeds
From: shanta (fillions@cogeco.ca)
Zone: 6b
Date: 14-Dec-06 07:43 PM EST

I am looking for vines/grass seeds to trade.Email me at fillions@cogeco.ca

Thanks for your help. Take Care Shanta


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: matt (mjmcanally@magma.ca)
Zone: 5a
Date: 07-Jan-07 09:30 AM EST

Diane. It has been a long time coming but I have only just read the unknown plants section and saw no response to your query. I have a plant in my dooryard garden that matches your description. I believe it is Stachys officinalis, commonly known as betony, wood betony, hedge nettle, amongst others. With the lack of snow here I this very minute went to check to verify that it does not have a fragrance and found that indeed it does not. It is a member of lamiaceae, as is catmint, the inflorescence is similar to that of catmint, and the seedpods are prickly when they are dry. What do you think?


Subject: Unknown Plants - help ID my palm???
From: AnneD
Zone: 2b
Date: 11-Jan-07 01:14 PM EST

Our offices is home to a tall, very skinny palm tree of unknown origin. Can someone A) help identify it and B) provide advice as to how I might prune it to encourage more horizontal, rather than vertical, growth? You can see two photos of the palm at www.centricproductions.com/ plant/palm1.jpg and www.centricproductions.com/ plant/palm2.jpg

I hope we're allowed to post links in this forum!!! Please forgive if we're not...


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: kariltur@hotmail.com (kariltur@hotmail.com)
Zone: 2a
Date: 10-Feb-07 05:38 PM EST

DOes anyone know if I can plant my crocus, iris and hyacin in my community garden this summer. I bought them at safeways this winter right after christmas. Ive been watering them when the soil dries out Is this right!

Karen in Edmonton,Alberta


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: kariltur@hotmail.com (kariltur@hotmail.com)
Zone:
Date: 06-Mar-07 02:21 PM EST

Hi everyone! Almost time to start planting again. It seems the city has been considering giving us our community plots a rezoning to recreation dept. If so we might have our site permanently. What re you planting new this year. Did you see the 2007 top 10 heritage perennials on the site. I'm definately planting the crocus, iris, and hyacin to see how they do! Karen Turner


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Sarah.
Zone: 6b
Date: 06-Mar-07 05:44 PM EST

WELL!! Now that I know for sure there ARE people reading these questions..lol...any one of you want to give my cold frame question a shot? It's #3 or #4 under general discussion. Thanks for any help!


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Shirley
Zone: 7
Date: 14-Apr-07 10:47 AM EST

Both my son & I had the same problem with beans, being chewed off at soil level. It was Wood bugs..the kind that roll up into little pellets. We cut milkshake straws to 3"long, slit the sides & put around plants. Saved our beans!


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Eileen (srlady10@yahoo.ca)
Zone: 5b
Date: 14-Aug-07 07:58 PM EST

A plant sprung up in my garden that I can't identify. Can anyone tell me what it might be? It is tall like a sunflower and the leaves resemble sunflower leaves. It grows on a single stalk with several wide branches. There are small yellow blossoms on each stalk and in a cluster at the top. The blossoms look like melon blossoms. When the blossoms fade and fall off, a large, prickly pod is left. I haven't seen any such plants in this area, and noone seems to have an idea what it is although a neighbour told me he saw a couple of them about 20 miles away in somebody's garden. I would be grateful if anyone here could identify the plant or advise how I can find out.


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: kariltur@hotmail.com (kariltur@hotmail.com)
Zone: 2
Date: 14-Sep-07 06:08 PM EST

hi everyone hope everyone has had a great time gardening this year. It was sure ashort one though. Thanks for all the advice people gave espec. Michelle. Really appreciate this forum a big help knowing it is there. Thanks Donna and Tom.


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Theresa
Zone: 6b
Date: 14-Sep-07 11:58 PM EST

Hi Eileen, Could it be a wild field giant native Verbascum? Is the stem really tough? They seemed to be popping up everywhere this summer, maybe the heat and dryconditions. There sort of pretty in an unusual quirky way: not refined at all.


Subject: RE: Unknown Plants
From: Evelyn
Zone: 6b
Date: 19-Sep-07 07:13 PM EST

Hi, I have just moved into a new house and there is a plant on the north side that is blooming right now (September). I don't know what it is. It has red tubular blossoms, in a group of about 8 - the flower shape reminds me a bit of the weigela I had at my last house. The plant is about 5 feet high, kind of leggy. The leaves are dark green, fairly large and the older ones have wavy edges.

Any ideas?


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