Last Spring exchange treasures

lorabell NC(8)April 27, 2014

One of the very interesting plants I received last Spring, I believe. Any help in IDing it?

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lorabell NC(8)

Another treasure. A tiny little Iris growing really close to the ground.....

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 11:10AM
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lorabell NC(8)

Lily of the Valley,,,, beautiful.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 11:13AM
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countrygirl_sc

Lorabell, I recognize the iris because mine is blooming now too. It is an Iris Cristata. My notes say it is a native dwarf. Can't help with the other one

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 7:34AM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Crimson clover

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 10:08PM
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lorabell NC(8)

Thanks so much for the id's!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 12:40PM
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lorabell NC(8)

Received in general exchange, from John I believe, so very delicious, taste between a blackberry and raspberry.....

What am I?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 4:04PM
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lorabell NC(8)

Raspberry wine bee balm. absolutely stunning. Ralph. just had to throw you a thank you for this one.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 4:11PM
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lorabell NC(8)

An iris, I think, just blooming now. Small flower, maybe 1 1/2 to 2 inches across.

Name me?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 4:13PM
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lorabell NC(8)

Ok, I thought this was an eggplant until the leaves got spikes, I'm talking about thorns sharper than rose bushes, drew blood the first time I touched it.

Help?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 4:16PM
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lorabell NC(8)

Received last year Spring exchange, purple foliage plant in front. Propagated all over the place this Spring....

Name me please?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 4:19PM
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lorabell NC(8)

Regular double ditch lilies? I think? Or do they have a more refined name?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 4:23PM
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trianglejohn

The Blackberry/Raspberry plants were sold to me as 'Cumberland' Black Raspberry but every single berry expert at NC State that has seen them says they are just some sort of Blackberry and that they are definitely NOT Cumberland. They do bloom later, handle the bugs and climate differently and ripen fruit later than my regular Blackberrys but they taste about the same (I also taste a bit of Raspberry in them but no most tasters dont).

The pokey leaved plant is Naranjilla or 'Bed of Nails', It is an eggplant relative. Solanum quitoense. The fruit are edible when they are a dark orange and the fuzz will rub off easily. They can be as sour as a lemon though. Most folks blend them with sugar and other juice (like orange juice) rather than eat them plain.

The purple leaved mint relative is Purple Shiso or Perilla. It is a common herb (there's a green leaved form out there too) most often used as a food coloring.

The orange polka dotted iris relative is a Candy Lily or Blackberry lily. Belamcanda chinensis

There is a name for the old timey double day lilies and it is something like Kwansa, but I forget what it really is... someone will know (Dana? daylily queen???)

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 8:38PM
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lorabell NC(8)

John, thanks so much. Naranjilla .... Boy, do I learn something new everyday in my gardening adventure!

Those rasp...blackberries have done so well. Had them last night again dipped in chocolate....better than any regular blackberries I've ever had. Yummmm.

This post was edited by Lorabell on Sun, Jun 29, 14 at 18:02

    Bookmark   June 29, 2014 at 5:59PM
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trianglejohn

I like the fact that they ripen a week or so later than my regular blackberries - extends the season.

I went through a phase where I collected all sorts of Solanums - the eggplant family. I was experimenting with which ones did well here and which ones tasted good. Naranjila was the showiest but doesn't have the best flavor of the group. They do best in part shade and like to be watered. Fruits are often ripe just before our first frost.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 8:42AM
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14gipper

The daylily is called Kwanso.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 10:59AM
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lorabell NC(8)

Tammy, SUCCESS! I made babies from the begonia leaves from this Spring.

I went ahead and moved the Naranjilla to a semi shade area....they took the transfer well.

I've two more flowers that have surprised me, I thought they were regular gladiolus based on the plant, but not so........

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 7:16AM
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lorabell NC(8)

The first has scarlet red flowers, orangeish yellow throats, small, about an inch....

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 7:19AM
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lorabell NC(8)

The second has orange, 3/4 inch flowers although I "might have" distressed the plant (had the plant near our airconditioner and didn't see the damage from the hot air plowing on it till I noticed the burnt leaves.....did I freak or what! So it is in a temporary pot...and recovering nicely.)

Happy 4th of July to everyone......it should be a beautiful weekend for gardening!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2014 at 7:31AM
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trianglejohn

Those two might be Crocosmia. Which may or may not be a type of gladiola. I only grow the 'Lucifer' solid red one. I'm amazed at how invasive regular ol' florist glads are. I planted some and now I have tons of them all over the garden. They pop up everywhere and usually get big enough to bloom in their first year. I'm not complaining because most of them are beautiful - I just never knew them to be so weedy.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2014 at 8:31PM
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lorabell NC(8)

Thanks again for the ID.

My glads have given me pods for the first time ever. Some flower stocks have 8-10 pods on each....crazy... I'm in propagation heaven.... Even though they spread like crazy I just can't resist the urge to see what types of babies they will make.

My sis just transfered to Charlotte this week and stopped by.....Living in zone 3-4 seriously limits. I was reminded how lucky we are here in this growing area as I am planning what will go next in the Fall garden. Eggplants, peppers, okra, all not feasible back home. So many flowers, only can read about. Ja, it was pretty fun showing my older sister around the garden....ha

And of course the awesomeness varieties from the plant exchange didn't hurt!

    Bookmark   July 10, 2014 at 10:07AM
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jdbheartsease

Lorabell,
So good to see all of the treasures you've got at the plant swap. With the cool weather, we've been having these last couple of days, I'm beginning to looking forward to the next plant swap.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 9:05AM
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jeraphz

Wow! Lorabell! Looks to me you should be hosting the next garden party. Lol. Your treasures have been a wonder to see this summer. Thanks for being such an addict. I think we all are. And thank you to everyone for taking the time to pot plants up to share. I am excited to see you soon at the next swap. And Lorabell, I have been saving egg cartons. Such a waste for me to put them in the "recycle" bin when YOU can actually recycle them for what they are used for. I have started rooting things in preparation so let us know when to mark it on our calendars John. Good to see you the other day at the arboretum. See you soon!

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 8:41PM
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trianglejohn

I've booked the shelter online and I'm awaiting confirmation that the transaction worked. October 4th Saturday 2-4pm. I'll announce once I hear from them.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 2:52PM
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lorabell NC(8)

John, Awesome.

Kim ,yes, I'm the addict. Apparently I like taking Pics as well!

Speaking of eggs.... Who;s your Mama!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 8:44AM
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lorabell NC(8)

A couple more unnamed plants received. Any ID would be greatly appreciated: A bush type. I just need to find out how big it will get to make sure I have in correct area.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 8:47AM
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lorabell NC(8)

The second was about 4 feet tall until the wind bent and broke many of the stems. It recovered and set up a bunch more...and just started blooming this week. Thought I knew what it was but the blooms aren't what I expected. Help.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 8:52AM
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lorabell NC(8)

A visitor.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 8:58AM
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lorabell NC(8)

The hummingbird, butterfly garden

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 9:01AM
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lorabell NC(8)

That's just pretty. Pink zinnia

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 9:03AM
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lorabell NC(8)

One more, another new hobby.

And I've procrastinated long enough.....Off to work....thanks for looking and your patience.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 9:08AM
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