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Went for a walk over Easter weekend. Each time I find new and strange things going on in the yard.

Found this flower growing by itself on the side of the house, I have no clue what it is.


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Posts: 7276 | Location: Central Florida | Registered: Feb 12, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Another wildflower...I have a bunch of these.


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Confederate Jasmine starting to bloom..


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This is on one of the largest Hickory Trees we have, must be over a hundred years old. The leaves have sprouted along with the "flowers"


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The Hickory leaves have these weird "balls" all over them, I cut one open and it was hollow.


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first one is Lupine. i don't know the rest but what a discovery treasure to find them.

http://www.google.com/search?q...sAQ&biw=1232&bih=690
yours is in 4th row

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Thanks Bana! Wow, how'd that end up in Florida? It's so pretty I wonder if it will put out seed?

I looked up the balls on the Hickory leaves, they are called Galls. This is what it said...

"Pignut Hickory Pests
...... Galls are common on the leaves but cause no real damage"

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i recognized it because i had a pink one in my garden years ago. Dave's Garden says they are hardy Zone 4a to 7b. i'm in 9 or 10.. depending on what map i read. so theoretically it shouldn't have grown for me either. i got mine as a nursery plant and figure they wouldn't sell something that wouldn't grow in this zone.
 
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9aLady, lupine is a native of Florida. It isn't seen everywhere, but it is native. It also has a long tap root and does not like to be meddled with. Yes, it does put out seeds. This one doesn't look like the "lady lupine" that is native and that I've seen around here. It actually looks much like a bluebonnet, but that's a lupine too. Just count yourself lucky!

You can get more info at http://www.wildflower.org/ which is the site for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX.

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Very pretty. We have lots of Lupine here in Colo!
Thanks for the link to the Wildflower center. We're going there next month. Can't wait to see it.


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Lupines (bluebonnets) in Texas too! This is at my house. Our soil isn't perfect for them - they prefer 'sweet' and we have too many pine trees around. But, I still have a good cover of them and they are just starting to bloom here.

 
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The flowers on the hickory tree. We have two big oak trees that overhang our pool. We call the flower groups "catkins." They make a mess in the pool. Frown
 
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I can just smell that jasmine. Can't wait till mine starts blooming. Those are neat lupines. Such a pretty blue color.
 
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I love lupines, but so do aphids Frown Maybe you have the birds to thank for that.

The galls on the hickory are normal, so I've been told. We have several in front of the house that got them last year. Do yours produce nuts?? Ours seem to every other year.

You have beautiful flowers growing around there. I really love the Jasmine.


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Thanks ladies!
I was thinking a migrating bird left the lupine as a present, since that's the first one I've seen in the 10 years we've been here. hehe

We have dozens of Pignut Hickory trees and 3 really huge old ones. The old ones are the ones that produce nuts every year. I tasted them, not bad, but I rather have pecans. The squirrels usually get to them before I do.

"Catkins" that's the word I couldn't think of, thanks Sherry. Smile

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What a treat to have a lupine that far south! It's gorgeous!

Those galls aren't the prettiest things but they happen. We had a bunch of hickories at a previous house and saw lots of those, including some that were more like little horns than like little beads like most of yours.


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Very Nice!!
 
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I think your 2nd pic is Veronica or Obedient Plant.

I didn't know the Texas Bluebonnet was lupine...I thought it was something totally different that didn't grow in the northern states. Learn something new every day.


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gorgeous
 
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I thought I commented here the other day...must have hit back instead of post...old age! Big Grin

They are all beautiful and lucky you for the lupine! The ones I've tried here just don't make it, but I've always used packaged seeds. I need to find out if that Native Plant nursery in Tallahassee has any of those.
I'd love to have a couple of hickory trees....and I think I know where I might be able to dig a couple up! Hickory nuts are a LOT of work. We used to collect them when I lived in Ill. and crack & shell! But still not as much work as black walnuts!!!


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What a nice & productive stroll!!
 
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z9 - beautiful flowers you got growing there aleady. Love the lupine......never had any luck with them at all....and I didn't know they'd tolerate heat that far south...learn something every day.

You are so far ahead of us.....my c. jasmine won't bloom for another month or so.

Thanks for the stroll.

ve

edited to add: ditto Karen about the black walnuts.......and the stain that comes with them. Lots of peeps around here collect the big hickory nuts and use them instead of pecans. Taste is awesome, but man, that's a lot of picking out nut meats.

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Thanks to you ladies on this board I have learned about most of my plants. Everytime I post a "What's It", somebody on here knows what it is.

Thanks JM, Owie and SSTR!

LuvRPups, I've seen those types too. I guess it was a different kind of bug.

Thanks mgt, I'll look that up. Hmmm, I tried growing them too, years ago. The seed sprouted and I got a plant but it never bloomed. Frown

Vera my jasmine always starts at the end of March and stops the beginning of May. So April smells just divine. LOL!

Karen, we must have hundreds of baby hickory trees sprouting in the woods. The only thing is, you and I will be long gone before those young'ns start producing nuts. Yes and they are hard to crack. I use DH's sledge hammer..LOL!

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