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Its a monster!

Seen last week at State College, Pennsylvania. I have a feeling it is 4 feet taller now.

Gypsy orphan

This little cutie popped up in my weed patch. I'm in zone 6a and it is in a spot that gets lots of sun from noon on. Got a name or a story for it?

What the heck is this thing?

What the heck is this thing?

Recent comments

Re: Jeff needs some cheering up....

It is cold here too. I live near the county courthouse and lately lawyers have been seen with their hands in their own pockets.

Re: grinding production line

Just what I need to upgrade my compost pit! Where I can I get one?

Re: Revisiting May's garden in British Columbia


My heart is filled with lust and envy. How I long to return to the Pacific Northwest (do my friends in Canada call it the Pacific Southwest?). Your garden is sublime.

Re: An inspirational healing garden in Toronto

Mary, it looks like you have managed to make a garden and a community a life and a living simultaneously.

I hope you don't mind a little Kipling, from "The Glory of the Garden" ...

There’s not a pair of legs so thin, there’s not a head so thick,
There’s not a hand so weak and white, nor yet a heart so sick.
But it can find some needful job that’s crying to be done,
For the Glory of the Garden glorifieth every one.

Re: Karen & Ted's garden in North Carolina

Perfect garden, coherent, beautiful and inviting.

Annek, that is not a cairn. It is a pot of Sedum grandifolia.

Re: Beautiful bark and shimmery spiderwebs

I "liked" it once for each spider web, twice for each great plant I saw and three times for Dave.

Re: Help, What is this please?

Looks a little like Pterospora andromedea aka pinedrops. If so, its an expat! BTW, my wife's dream job is to be the Poet Laureate of Tenerife. Do you know if the position is open?

Re: The garden at the McCarthy Observatory in Connecticut

The story of the observatory so fits a poem by Emily Dickinson that I want to share it:

We introduce ourselves
To Planets and to Flowers
But with ourselves
Have etiquettes
And awes

PS How lucky we are to have New Milford's example of what a community can do.

Re: A video tour of Tim's side garden in Columbus!

Hey Rocky. Do you have Adobe Flash Player? Its the platform that I see the video on. Its a free download at

If you go there for a download, I advise opting out of the McAfee security add on that is bundled with Flash Player.

Re: A video tour of Tim's side garden in Columbus!

Thoughts on Vojt's garden:

I like the milkweed along the walk. It reminds me that what is and is not a weed is arbitrary. I have two poke weeds in my yard that I value.

The bamboo cladding of the chain link fence is a great idea.

I would like to see more details of that circular gravel bed in the back.

Re: Flora as fauna

Qmamma, thank you for sharing this. I went looking for more and found one YouTube video that gives a peak at how some of the larger sculptures were put together: and another that is a collection of many displays recorded by a visitor to the exhibit:

Re: Darwin is a dreamboat!

Meander1, you have ruined a beloved family expression, namely "Darwin at work". we say it while pointing at road kill or someone engaged in a foolish activity like biking without a helmet or arguing with MizMoss. I don't see how i can reconcile recklessness and stupidity with your Darwin's creativity and whimsy. Thanks a lot for spoiling my day!

Re: What is the plant (can cure gastric ulcer) called?

If it I were looking for a plantastic cure to my ulcers, I would start at Cedars-Sinai:

Seriously, whatever that plant is, it will not patch a whole in your stomach.

Re: Unknown plant

If you're lucky, it's a wulfenii. See one near the top of the lovely garden blog, Bell and Star:

Re: Surinder's garden in New Jersey

Surinder, your containers are delightful. Would I be off base to think that you and Lakshmi friends?

Re: Its a monster!

I became acquainted with Paulownia at the Bloedel Reserve west of Seattle where it was almost close enough to the main house to be part of the front yard's foundation planting. I always liked how the flowers looked like fox glove and the seed pods looked like golf clubs.

Re: Its a monster!

Thank you, HeyC. I am empressed.

Re: Its a monster!

The primitive hominid is haless & just there for scale. It could be a C. greatbignoniodes.

Re: Gypsy orphan

Hey Heycorrie, Spot on, thank you and thank you Beablebabe for the app tip.

Re: Jeff's patio is done!

Wonderful work TNT! Your patio has a great vibe. When's the party?

Re: Diane's garden in Illinois, revisited

At first glance, I thought today's photo was a Georgia O'Keeffe. Very nice garden Diane.

Re: Renata's garden in Connecticut

The path from the garage to the pergola flows like water, really nice how the steps cascade.

Re: A Tree with Big Green Ball Fruits

I have never seen one for sale at a nursery or heard a wistful word uttered on its behalf but they are a conversation piece and their lovely fruit may be the perfect gift for that special in-law or coworker.

It is rumored that they are invasive:,r:56,s:0&tx=53&ty=92

But I do not believe it.

Re: Linda's garden in Washington, Day 1

Such abundance. It takes me back to my days on the crew at Bloedel's.

Re: What is this plant.?

White snakeroot is a late blooming perennial. Its leaves and growth habit are a pretty close match with your mystery plant's. I can not tell from the pix but if your plant has opposite branching and little sprays of white flowers appear in the next 10 weeks, I'd give good odds that it is white snakeroot.

Re: can anyone tell me what kind of shrub this is?

If it's blooms look like little plates of popcorn and the fruit are bunches of blue BBs, its an Arrowwood aka Viburnum dentatum. It has dead straight stems, opposite branching and scarey teeth.

Re: Barbara and Denis's collaboration in Connecticut

I am starting to feel lust and envy (in a good way). Sculpturedale is the latest drop on my bucket list.

Re: Victoria's garden in Indiana

Yesterday I listened to the new episode of Garden Confidential:

The subject of the podcast had developed a garden over several decades. I am struck by what can be done when a gardener settles in for a long time, in Victoria's case at least 30 years.

At 62, I am pretty sure I am not going to be able to give any place that kind of attention but I am glad for those who can and the ability to enjoy the results of their effort.

Re: Wisconsin wild flower?

The Brit's call it Great Willowherb. Them that don't like it much call it Hairy Willowherb. Me, I think its pretty great, even if it is invasive.

Re: Nancy's daylilies in Wisconsin....LOTS of daylilies!

Such beauty and abundance! How I would like to talk a walk through your lily patch.

Re: Michelle's garden in Connecticut, Day 1

Lots to like here. The elephant ear/coral bell combo is brilliant. I'd like to see an after dark photo of the Chihulyesque glass lamps lit up.

Re: Big yellow "daisy type" flower - anyone know what it is?

Looking for the big ones? Try

Re: Mary's garden in upstate New York

Wow! I really like the lines, layers, geometry, tone & scale. This is a garden.

Re: Big yellow "daisy type" flower - anyone know what it is?

My money is on it being a Ligularia. I wish I had it!

Re: Native white flower

Could be a Wood Anemome. Say that fast, three times. BTW, Rich Stevenson has a beautiful gallery of Appalacian wildflowers @ rich/southern_appalachian_wildflowers


About five miles from this mega font hedge is the worlds largest picnic basket:

Also in the neighborhood is another faunic phrase, this one in yew and owned by The Church of God at God's Acres. It reads simply "GODS ACRES". What I like about it is the D looks exactly like an O. It persists in my mind as "GOO's ACRES"

Back to Dawes. My favorite feature there is a set of paving stones arranged in an open patch of lawn so that you can be the gnomon, provided the sun is out.!i=2487825863&k=nFwZcfx&lb=1&s=A

There are only two arboretums in central Ohio, Dawes and OSU's Chadwick Arboretum. As far as Arboretum's go, Dawes is the king. The Chadwick is small and the trees are far from mature. If you want big script though, go see OSU's marching band, they preform in the autumn adjacent to Chadwick. Not only is it big but it sings!

Re: Help! What are these?!

Hey TNT, up in Quebec they are known as Rhizomes d'être.

Re: Kristin's no-lawn yard in Minnesota

Bold & beautiful!

Re: Something growing on my allium


You have been blessed with a batch of beautiful bulbils. I am not a botanist but would bet the important difference between a bulb and a bulbil is that a bulb is a clone and the bulbil has half a set of chromosomes from some lucky pollen grain that dropped by recently. The lesser difference being the site of origin, Upstairs/Downstairs.

If you like the Allium you have, it may be worthwhile to tend to the bulbils. You may end up with something special. You could name it Allium x Diane40 or the Crizmonion.

Anyway, you are not alone. From Britain, the origin of Upstairs/Sownstairs:

Re: Live or let die?

I like big buds and I canna lie.
You other gardeners can't deny
That when a plant shoots up glossy past your waist
a fastigiate hosta in your face
You get sprung

Re: What is this ??

My guess is Campsis radicans, aka trumpet vine & cow itch vine. Its kudzu with pretty flowers.

Re: Large Storage Sheds & Buildings

I thinks an Offtopicus spamuloides :/

Re: Side of House Shrubs Dying, What to Replace Them With!!!

I say Blue Rug Juniper. It is cheaper than gravel and almost as drought resistant. I might use the space for containers too... maybe for tomatoes or snap dragons, lotus vines and petunias.

Re: please help me with this one

Is it a Viburnum hitchcockiensis "Alfie"?

Re: please help me with this one

Could be a pic from Australia ...

Re: what is this creeper

ps. also if true, it is not a creeper but a tuber. I could go on but why should I babble when there is:

Re: what is this creeper

I agree with digdig, if true, somewhere in there you will see stems coiled like springs. I wish I had such a nuisance.