Quilting, Farming, Variety

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mystery Solved

Ilene, aka therockwhisperer, identified the plant as an amaranth, the species being Love Lies Bleeding.  She said she has been trying for years to get one started.  And here I have cut the plants down!  The weeds we have in the pastures are also from the amaranth family and they take over if left.  They have sharp stickers and make millions of seeds; it's a terrible plant to have in a vegetable garden.  Maybe this plant wouldn't have been so aggressive but I just couldn't take the chance.  There are a lot of good pictures of its blooms on the internet and I'll admit, it's an interesting plant.

So thanks, Ilene, for sharing your knowledge.  Wish you could have had these plants.

And, thanks for all who commented about the mystery plant.


After reading some latter comments, I wanted to add that the flower in my header photo is called a Spider Lily.  They reseed every year, although I've never been able to get one started from purchased seeds.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Mystery Flower

In early summer, I planted a packet of flower seeds of garden favorites.  The print on the packet was so small I couldn't make out the contents.  Much to my surprise, it seemed every seed came up.  One plant in particular grew tall, about four feet, in fact, and finally has put out its flower.  I have no idea what it is.  Maybe someone could help me identify it? 

I'll wait a few days to see if anyone knows what it is, then it's coming out, for two reasons: 1) the first being, how dreadful it would be if it is an invasive plant, to have its seeds spread all over the vegetable garden!  It really resembles a gross weed we have in the cattle lot and pastures.  2) I grow flowers for their blooms, not for big leaves and thick stems.   The pictures make these blooms look larger than they actually are.

So ~ let me know what you think....