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« on: March 09, 2009 10:04:20 PM »

Well my fiance and I bought our house back in September and our yard is pretty bare.  We have some type of flower tree out front, and some bushes, and out back we have a very small tree, and that's it.  I was working on digging up a patch of grass to make a small flower garden, and I discovered this little lovely budding!  Any ideas of what it is?  Sorry if it is obvious, I am VERY oblivious to this type of thing!  I didn't even realize one of the bushes in our back yard was actually ROSEMARY until a house guest pointed it out!  I am very excited to have inherited some pretties though  Cheesy






And since I worked so hard digging up the dirt and pulling weeds, here is my future flower garden.  I can't wait for them to come up!  So far I planted a mix of wildflowers, but I have sunflowers to plant (maybe tomorrow), and bluebonnets, and some others I can't remember.

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009 10:37:46 PM »

That is an iris.  Very much a pretty.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2009 10:58:50 PM »

Thanks!  I hope more pop up!  There are three other bunches of leaves similar to these, but no buds yet.
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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2009 12:03:05 AM »

Oh, you're lucky to have irises (sp?) growing in you're garden, they're incredibly beautiful with their large colourful flowers. you should get a flora book and go hunting once things start popping up! I wish I had a garden!
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2009 10:51:47 AM »

I love irises so much, especially those purple ones! Growing up, my house had three of four big patches full of irises and when they were in bloom they smelled just like grape bubblegum! Cheesy The house my hubby and I bought last year has purple irises too, which makes me really happy.
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2009 10:34:26 PM »

Ahh you guys are so smart!  It DID turn in to a beautiful iris!  MandyLikesPie, that's so cool that the house you bought has irises too  Grin  Yay for previous owners!



Let's try another!

I'm not sure if this is a weed or an actual flower, it's probably a weed.  I have lots of these growing around the yard and near my garden.  The stock is thick and looks almost like round celery and it has yellow flowers.  Any clue?





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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2009 06:16:01 AM »

Your iris is wonderful! I grow them here as well. They are my hubby's favorite!

That new thing is a weed! Pull it quick before it goes to seed and infects everything else!
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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2009 06:22:24 AM »

make sure you get the roots though! Or use a good weedkiller!
Those things are a pain, if you dont get rid of them properly they spread everywhere.
I cant remember for the life of me what it's called  Undecided lol
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2009 06:31:06 AM »

Oh no!  I knew the blasted thing was a weed!  They are all over the perimeter of the fence too and they grow TALL.  There are a few up to my waist already.  I will rip them out as soon as the ground stops being soggy (4 days of rain Angry ).  I think I have some weedkiller too.
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2009 08:12:26 AM »

Ya know, if you don't have any weed killer, you could always pour straight vinegar on it.  The only down side to this natural remedy is that it also kills the stuff around it, so if your weed is in a lawn you'd have little mini bald spots.  It works best on a sunny day, too.
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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2009 09:45:22 AM »

We'd (or should that be weed!) call it a Thistle, and I would get it before it seeds or those little blighters will be everywhere, the roots are likely to be really thick too so cut a big area around it if you dig it up. Don't put the dead weed on your compost heap though (if you have one) or that will contaminate your compost and you'll end up with tons more.
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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2009 09:45:49 AM »

It's a spiny sowthistle.

I'm a good friend with most of my weeds. Wink
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« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2009 09:59:35 AM »

thistle...I'd get that bugger out...it's not your friend Grin make sure you get the tap root...the loonng root that looks like a carrot...they suck all the nutrients and water out of the soil so your other plants will suffer...also..someone recommended vinegar...be very very careful with that...it will ruin your soil for a looooooooooooooooooong time.  Round-up, a weed killer actually breaks down really fast...I would do that.
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« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2009 11:44:56 AM »

I knew you'd guys would have known!  I'll take care of them this week!  There's another pretty growing in the front yard, this one I KNOW is not a weed, it's too pretty, I'll post if on here when I can, maybe somebody can tell me what that is too?  You  guys rock!

By the way, I do have some REAL sprouts in my flower garden that I am VERY excited about !
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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2009 12:06:14 PM »

another idea....if you go around and chop all the thistles heads off...(where the seeds are)and make sure you don't let any escape Wink then go and spray them all with round up ..making sure you don't hit any grass (although you can get some that's safe for grass)and plants you want to keep,wait a few days until they croak and then pull them...then you don't have to worry about the tap root breaking when you try to pull them out.  If part of the tap root stays you end up getting the bugger back.  Just an idea Grin
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« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2009 02:21:10 PM »

I have nightmares of thistle from my old house - I was clicking on new with pictures and saw that and I was like oh noooooooooo!  A thistle!
Wait for it to rain and pull it out - if you leave any of the root behind it will come back - but if you keep on top of pulling it out as you see them come up when they are small you will get on top of them and get rid of them for good.

nasty wicked thistle weeds. ick!
You poor thing - at least it has not gone to seed yet!
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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2009 12:47:19 PM »

My mother would remove thistles by getting a large carving knife from the kitchen and sticking it into the ground to the hilt all around the thistle, then running the knife around where she had stuck it to loosen the soil and cut any roots that had grown out from the tap root. She then would grasp the plant at the base, wiggle and twist it to finish breaking the taproot loose,then pull. She had pretty good success with this method. The only weed killer I use is poison ivy killer. I use more old-fashioned methods such as this one for most weeds. It's just personal preference.
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