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« on: March 29, 2007 06:48:06 PM »

My Mum has always been a huge gardener and my brother and I were forced to work as child/ slave laborers (well, it felt that way) in her garden beds until we were old enough to escape Wink  But, lack of recent experience is giving me trouble now, as I'm helping my father sell their house and get her gardens back in order (health has prevented her working in them for a while now). 

So... erm, half the time I can't identify plant from weed (and there are a LOT of them), and now my Dad and I can't even identify half of the plants (my Mum's out of state, so we can't ask her).  And she told us to prune them, but Dad's afraid I'll kill the roses and lavender.  How much is too much when it comes to pruning lavender, roses, and passion flower vines?

Also, can anyone, for the love of crafting, tell me what these are?

(I know it's an herb, but that's about it)

and this??

My Dad wants to move it to another pot (one that's not plastic), but I remember being told as a child to never move a plant in spring after it starts blossoming.  Also, that black around the petals, is that really bad??

I hope this isn't inappropriate to post here, but I couldn't think of anyone else to ask!  I really, really appreciate any advice! 
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2007 06:52:04 PM »

i think the first one is either oregano or marjoram.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2007 07:33:57 PM »

I'm guessing the black on the edges of the blossoms is frostbite given our recent cold snap here.

I don't know what your herbs are, although I recommend picking a leaf and crushing it to smell it. Unless you already thought of that.
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2007 10:08:12 PM »

i think the first one is either oregano or marjoram.

I was thinking it might be oregano...  thanks!

I'm guessing the black on the edges of the blossoms is frostbite given our recent cold snap here.

I don't know what your herbs are, although I recommend picking a leaf and crushing it to smell it. Unless you already thought of that.

The problem is the scent has been contaminated, since the plant is surrounding (no, I kid you not) both rosemary and lavender (it's a monster herb, it was growing out onto the sidewalk before I went at it) - so there's a minty-and-savory-ish smell in there, too, now.  I tried tasting it, but it has a very light flavour, which might be due to the fact that it's March.

Frostbite?  yay, that cheers me Smiley  Thanks!

ETA:  LILAC!  I think it's lilac!  The few flowers are amazingly fragrant, and the # and shape of the petals is right...
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2007 06:44:03 PM »

That looks kind of minty to me...there are so many members of the mint family....And I transplant all the time in the spring without any problems. In fact, I'm moving asters by the asterload right now Grin
If the lavender is too woody you can prune it back. Roses-it depends what type they are-are they climbers or shrub or teas?? If you google rose pruning you'll come up with several sites for pruning. Here in the mountain west I just finished pruning. You do it when the forsythia bloom.
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2007 10:11:10 PM »

That looks kind of minty to me...there are so many members of the mint family....And I transplant all the time in the spring without any problems. In fact, I'm moving asters by the asterload right now Grin
If the lavender is too woody you can prune it back. Roses-it depends what type they are-are they climbers or shrub or teas?? If you google rose pruning you'll come up with several sites for pruning. Here in the mountain west I just finished pruning. You do it when the forsythia bloom.

That'll make my Dad pleased, he wants to get rid of the plastic pots ASAP.  I'm definitely pruning the lav, then, since it's above my waist now!  I finally just pruned the roses, they were looking awful and I couldn't take it any longer Wink  Thanks for the advice!
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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2007 07:58:39 AM »

I'm not sure that is a lilac, usually they are fully leafed out before they bloom and the blooms come out in bunches called panicles.  Of course
I could be wrong and it just had a bad start with frostbite and all but I'm pretty sure it is not a lilac.
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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2007 08:21:10 AM »



The herb: easy way to tell if it is part of the mint family -- is the stem square instead of round? Seriously. If you look at mints their stems have four ridges that make them more square than round.

For a decent PDF on rose pruning:
www.jlgardencenter.com/uploads/handouts/Rose%20Care.pdf

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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2007 05:34:46 PM »

I seriously doubt if that is lilac, it is sort of that shape but there would be way more flowers in that little group and the branch doesn't look like a lilac branch. If it's lilac, it is one sick puppy.
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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2007 06:47:34 PM »

Now I'm going crazy-it's not a lilac...but what is it? Shrubby,woody,purple...mmmm?Huh?
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