Saturday, June 28, 2008

New Mystery

These cone-shaped flower tuffets recently appeared, in a kind of English Garden area our home's previous owner had created off to one side of the front yard. We haven't really maintained the space, we clean it up a little bit every once in a while, but we're reluctant to pull anything out because odd and colorful plants are coming into bloom in there all the time, and we have basically no idea what any of them are.

The plants attached to these little bunches of white almost look like weeds, but they seem a little too pretty, and too deliberately spaced, to be naturally occurring.

We really appreciated all the help (from around the world) in identifying the foxgloves, can we tap that well again? Anyone have any idea what these are?


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Blogger Lisa said...

I don't know what they are but WOW, you guys have some of the coolest flowers!

11:47 PM  
Blogger Riimus Fungus said...

"Ornithogalum" is a genus of flowering plants containing species where the flowers have six petals. So maybe your mystery plant is an Ornithogalum?

Possible a) Ornithogalum thyrsoides ("chincherinchee"), or b) Ornithogalum fimbriatum (this one doesn't grow very tall, or c) Ornithogalum narbonense.

I did a google image search of "chincherinchee" and I found this (I hope the link works). It looks a little like the photo you posted...

Just a guess =o) (and hi from Canada!).

12:54 AM  
Blogger The Carlson Clan said...

Could they be snapdragons? I don't really know much about flowers....

I too have children and strive to make sense of their conundrums. Thanks for your poignant blog- very enjoyable.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Riimus Fungus said...

The carlson clan: snapdragons do cluster like that, I agree. But the individual flowers of snapdragon don't have radial symmetry like these do =o).

12:35 AM  
Blogger The Carlson Clan said...

riimus fungus: Ah...I see. I did not notice the radial symmetry. I guess I better brush up on my flower idendification skills... :)
I'll work on that in my free time...

8:34 AM  
Blogger Joan said...

They are not snapdragons....not even close.


11:26 AM  
Blogger S. said...

I hope you don't mind my posting on your blog. I enjoy your posts a lot, and I think I have a solution to your flower mystery. I believe that these flowers are called, ready for this? Gooseneck loosestrife. My aunt has them in her yard, and my mother recieved some in a bouquet she recently got. They are quite pretty. Anyway, I hope that this helps!

2:49 AM  
Blogger Dad said...

Ess - thanks so much, a quick Web search confirmed your diagnosis. Now let's all go back to getting along, I was certainly not intending to facilitate a technology-enabled floral smackdown.

Gooseneck loosestrife it is!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Swirl Girl said...

Could they be agapanthus (sp?) The leaves look it anyway, and although the flowers are usually round clusters...these may be a variant.

Whatever they are- they are mighty pretty.

11:11 PM  
Blogger quasivoid said...

I wonder if their native only there. I had a similar experience just the other day. A crazt lotus-like looking flower (also white) appeared near roses, but definetly isn't a rose. I need to upload a photo.

4:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This plant is Gooseneck Loosestrife - Lysimachia clethroides. I have it in my woods edge and it can be quite invasive. It is an exotic introduced plant that can run rampant, so I'd do little to encourage it! Hope this helps.

1:40 PM  
Blogger MsPea said...

One good thing why I always read your blog is the knowledge I getting through the reading.Like in this case, I never heard any of these flowerish names before, cause they never be found in my country, but now I know how beautiful Gooseneck Loosestrife is!
Keep on blogging and sharing your thoughts!

12:07 AM  

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