Last year we planted a new bush in front of our house. This spring it had one solitary bloom on it, which is about what I expected given my gardening results so far during the past 18 years. Remaining ever hopeful for next year, and thinking that the forsythia blooming principle might apply to the new bush, I specifically asked my husband not to trim the rhododendron bush.
He said, “What rhododendron? We don’t have a rhododendron.”
I said, “Well, it’s an azalea then. The bush in front of the house. Don’t trim it.”
He: “What azalea in front of the house? What are you TALKING about? We don’t have any azalea in front of the house.”
Me: “The new bush we planted last year.”
He: “That’s not an azalea or a rhododendron.”
Me: “Whatever it is, Don’t Trim It!”
My anti-trimming message got through, but the plant still has an identity crisis, as do a few other plants in our suburban cropland. So, dear reader, can you help me identify these plants? If you click on the photo, you should get an enlarged version so you can see the leaf shape better.
Plant 1: The Bush In Front of the House with Solitary Bloom
I know the bloom is kind of blurry in the photo, but I can't go back and take another photo because this was weeks ago, and the bloom is long gone.
Plant 2: Either Grass or Day Lily
If it's grass, I'm yanking it. If it's a day lily, I'll leave it for the deer and rabbits to eat when it flowers.
Plant 3: Either Day Lily or Grass
See note for Plant 2.
I used to keep a map of this plot of land, showing where I had planted things. (This is what my father did when he had a large vegetable garden. He also keeps records of all his scores on Scrabble games.) I have to grow perennials here, because it is a hillside with poor soil, and it’s too difficult to plant annuals each year. In the past few years, I have given up on the map. I just stick some perennials in, and hope for the best.
I do know what the following plants are named, and am amazed that they continue to grace this hapless piece of land.
Bleeding Heart, type 1 (more delicate but blooms for short period of time)
Bleeding Heart, type 2 (less delicate, but blooms longer)