Thursday, June 6, 2013

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Yellow rocket (Barbarea vulgaris). I think.

I'm guessing Yellow Rocket (Barbarea vulgaris).

Plants with bright yellow flowers and shiny green leaves with several smaller lobes and one large terminal lobe. At maturity the flowers of several mustard species, including Wild Mustard (Brassica kaber) and Wild Radish (Raphanus raphanistrum), resemble those of yellow rocket. However, wild radish has leaves that are covered with stiff hairs unlike either wild mustard or yellow rocket. Additionally, the large terminal lobe in the leaves of yellow rocket helps to distinguish this weed from wild mustard.

From here:

Saturday, January 21, 2012

I think the common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) looks good even in the winter. And look at those daffodils popping up early.

I found this nuts and bolts link that suggests that this plant is to be killed. But I've grown to like it.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


What's this? Could it be euphorbia? 5/13/11: No. Theora correctly IDed it as barberry.

Here's Theora's comment, posted and then lost because Blogger got sick yesterday and ate a lot of comments.

"Is it spiky? Maybe a baby japanese/european barberry."

She's right! It's almost certainly something called Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea. I have a couple of those shrubs in the front yard -- planted by The Husband a long time ago, as in possibly 20 yrs ago. They are pretty but I now know they are invasive. Although I wouldn't say they are highly invasive since this is the first time in 20 years that a volunteer plant has appeared.

Weeds CAN be beautiful! Fleabane and buttercups.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hairy bittercress is in full flower. To call it invasive is an understatement.

I have seen my bees checking out the bittercress flowers so I'm tempted to leave them be, but they are everywhere and so easy to pull out in this season of a very wet garden.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

10/21/10 Update: Swamp sunflower is the best guess so far. The deer allowed some of these to bloom!

Nancy offered the opinion that these are swamp sunflowers (Helianthus angustifolius). So until more information comes in that's what they are. Thanks Nancy.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010