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24th-Mar-2011 09:22 pm(no subject)
Hey, first-time poster and...I will probably wind up lurking from here on out (because I love nature), but I was pointed here because I happened to find a mystery plant.

I was walking my dog when I saw a plant on the side of the road that I'd never seen in the area before. There were no others of its kind nearby, and I've walked that way many times but never noticed it.

I didn't have a camera with me at the time so I picked one of the flowers and brought it home.

And then I thought better of it and went back to take more pictures.

My mom says she's seen that kind of plant before but couldn't name it. All I (and anyone else I've shown it to) can think is that it's some kind of lily. Two guesses are Asiatic Lily and Siroi Lily but they're just guesses...

Things you can't see from photos are: The pink at the base did not fade when the picked flower wilted, and the flower (fresh) had either a very slight or no scent. Also the location is Houston, Texas. Harris County, to be exact. Not sure how much more specific I could get.

Anyone know what this thing is?

(Also, I apologize if things like this aren't allowed. If they're not, just let me know and I'll delete this entry.)
2nd-Jan-2011 10:16 am - New medicinal plants

Pic: http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/7740/lendinh.jpg

Contact: 14/8/1 Do Thua Luong, Tan Quy, Tan Phu, Ho Chi Minh city, Viet Nam

Link More: (Update: 1/5/2011)
24th-Dec-2010 02:02 pm - Cactus with flowers

Here is my little collection of cacti with flowers, all the shots have been done in this 2010 year.

Do you have cactus with flowers?

This is a collection of cacti of one of Saint-Petersburg Cacti Club members. Enjoy!

All these cacti are kept on the simple balcony and during the snowy frosty winter the special heating system keeps the temperature not higher and not lower but exactly +10 degrees!

Do you grow cacti too?
10th-Sep-2010 05:23 pm - Big Juniper Bush
Here's your maintainer in front of a big juniper bush in South-Western Michigan.

p.s. Let me know if this image breaks or if any of you in the community need anything this Fall -- I'm going to be busy with classes and Michigan Nature Conservancy, and would prefer to get LJ/~plants stuff done this weekend or next.
Good day all,
Any suggestions for compact (small fixture no larger than 3 feet) lighting for the 1 thai basil, 3 mints, 1 jalapeno, 1 red chili  & 1 tiny heliotrope that I am bringing indoors for the winter. (I'm in Zone 5)?
Wondering also about the Thai basil. I have 2 - a small one in a pot and a larger & healthier one in a giant window box. Would the larger on take transplanting or would that disturb it too much?
I may have to put the peppers in the south-east facing window to get the maximum light but there's no room for the herbs there at all.
Also looking for advice on wintering my ever-bearing strawberries that have produced so beautifully in hanging pots.
Thank you all in advance for any counsel you can send my way.
6th-Sep-2010 07:49 pm(no subject)
Here's a couple of plants that were new to me this year:

I don't know for sure what seed I grew this from, but the closest thing I've planted is Germania's Double Scarlet, even though I think of 'scarlet' as a lot lighter and brighter than this. But I like this much better than a lighter color! Hopefully it'll have time to ripen seed before winter hits.

This is rudbeckia "Cherry Brandy". I've wanted it since it was introduced, but the seeds are always expensive. I finally sprang for it this year, and it's just as beautiful as the catalogs show (which is a nice change)
soul of a rose
19th-Aug-2010 10:08 am(no subject)
I'm sorry, no pictures. They're too small!

I have a philodendron houseplant, and when I lifted the pot off of the dish that catches water, I saw what looked like grains of sand crawling down there! They are literally the size of grains of salt/sand/sugar, and are pure white. If they didn't move, I'd have assumed they were dust.

I was wondering if anyone has idea what these are? And how to get rid of them? The plant itself doesn't seem to be affected (not that I would know, this is my first houseplant lol) and they are not on the top of the soil, only below the pot, coming from the drain hole.

I'm mainly just concerned that there are BUGS in my HOUSE D:

X-posted to whats_that_bug.
rainbosaurus rex.
31st-Jul-2010 09:41 pm - Help needed IDing this plant please
Hi all

saw this in a planter in a park and fancied it. Any idea what it is? Thanks

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13th-Jul-2010 05:53 pm - Farm crop identification
EDIT: Found, they are flax and oats.

What are these plants?

Click for bigger. The plants aren't weeds; entire fields were planted with them. They were growing about 2-3 feet high. Photos were taken on July 9th in fields near Buckingham, England.
pretty fish
I rather think so.
And nothing could live here without them!
I collect the latest research and astounding stories about botany, ecology, symbiosis, and more and post it to the website www.plantworldnews.com a couple of times each week. Plant lovers will be astonished and everyone else will gain new appreciation for plants. It is not a blog, just a central location for news about what makes plants so special.
See if you like it,



Hi all~

I recently took a stronger interest in the meanings of flowers and looked around for some resources. Sad to say that my results were minimal.

I did find a decently extensive site dedicated to the Japanese Hanakotoba (literally "flower words/language"), though there are some outside meanings I've heard that are not listed. This site is in Japanese, but it's relatively straightforward, so Google Translate could probably be of assistance: http://www.hanakotoba.name/

Also, I've read in a few places about how in the Victorian era, people had a very complex system of expressing specific emotions through flowers. None of those places have very comprehensive lists, though. I've seen a book recommendation or two, but I have limited access to books in English for the time being.

So, can anyone recommend a good cite with more complete flower language? If you use a book, it would still be good to know which one. Also, if you happen to have any favorite flower language, feel free to post a comment! I tend to be a sucker for bittersweet meanings, so I like how the kuko (aka goji berry) means "Let's forget about each other."
23rd-May-2010 10:31 pm(no subject)
does anyone know what this is? looks like some kind of iris. i need to break up the clump and spread it out.

21st-May-2010 05:42 pm - They Have a Name!
I have just discovered that the violas that I got, years ago, from an old, old garden, are Bowle’s Black. These little darlings aren’t quite as black as the modern black pansies, but they are dark, rich purple except for a very small eye. I like them much, much better than the regular Johnny-Jump-Ups. They suit my dark sensibilities better. But they are every bit as prolific as the JJUs- the entire garden is a carpet of their cotyledons. I wish full size pansies would spread like this!
Laurie sitting
18th-May-2010 07:08 pm - Gymnocalycium friedrichii
Цветущий кактус гимнокалициум
«Цветущий кактус гимнокалициум» на Яндекс.Фотках

Gymnocalycium friedrichii, the little white one from the previous photo, now solo :-)
Second day of blooming
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