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In the garden: What are these plants?

Because you demanded it!

This is the plant with the pretty yellow flowers (though the photograph could be better; I need a hood so I can see the screen when the sun is at my back, because otherwise my shadow tends to end up in the frame).

And this is the tree I think is an oak. Complete with green fly!

So, what are they?

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

Think you may be right. Did a quick google of yellow primrose photos but couldn't find any images with branches as woody and developed as Lambert's. Lambert - is this lovely plant an old friend that's been visiting you year after year?

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Submitted by quixote on

Without a picture that shows the whole plant with leaves and how they're arranged, I'm just guessing. But, at a guess, the yellow flowers make me think of buttercups more than primroses.

The leaf does look like an oak. As to what species, without the acorn it would be hard to tell unless you had local knowledge. Even with the acorn, some oaks are Difficult.

Submitted by Dromaius on

From the leaves, it's very likely neither a primrose nor a buttercup. I know the two well. But I'm still not sure what it is. Must ask Mr. Western Garden book

Submitted by Dromaius on

Shrubby cinquefoil is a Maine native...and as Lambert might describe it... almost a weed.

Since weeds do not exist in my world, I characterize it as an exuberant volunteer. We need those in this world.

Submitted by lambert on

... [wait for it] serrated edges. You can see that in my photo, I'll see if I can take a better one tomorrow to confirm. It does seem like that yellow blows everything else out.

It seems to be nice for color combinations, but not a companion plant in the strength of strengthening its neighbors or attracting beneficial insects.

Submitted by Dromaius on

It's funny what sleep does to the brain because I woke up realizing that HEY, I took a picture of Cinquefoil once....and because of that picture I beg to differ ;-) about it attracting beneficial insects.

The Cinquefoil was in a planted hedge at a small picnic park and it was COVERED with monarch butterflies.....

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Submitted by lambert on

.... doesn't make the Cinquefoil any less beneficial. But I don't see butterflies around it. I wonder, though, if placement is part of that? It's in a corner, and so maybe it's not on the natural "route" of butterflies. So maybe I need to get out my shovel and divide it.

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Submitted by nippersdad on

I'm glad y'all discovered what that plant was. I don't think I have ever seen one. WRT butterflies, I do believe that they, like birds, can find what they need wherever it is to be found.

Last week we had few to no butterflies in the Garden, and this week we are covered up with them! There was this little family that came for a picnic on Sunday, and they had this four or five year old child with a butterfly net....One gets really protective of the little fellers...and he sure knew his butterflies.

"Look, Mom! A Gulf Fritillary!

Luckily, he was pretty bad at catching them.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

Thank you Dromaius! I love its name "cinquefoil" and that it's a member of the rose family ... just like rosa rugosa, another super favorite (which reminds me of poppies, which I also adore).

I'm all in for more Exhuberant Volunteers ~ mot juste and tres sympathique!

Submitted by Dromaius on

Yes, "Cinquefoil" is a cool name. And it's scientific name is just as pretty, I think: "Dasiphora fruticosa".

I love rosa rugosa too. It's a native here and pretty much a weed, can even be invasive. But it's gorgeous, and the rose hips are just as pretty to me as the roses themselves.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

I've enjoyed this flower-mystery thread immensely. Which called to mind one of the BBC's most delightful cozy mystery series Rosemary and Thyme.

I'm guessing there are some here who are quite familiar with it, but if you've never seen it ... you might find it entertaining, charming, and addictive. Without blowing any big secrets, a two-dame duo with one a professional landscaper and the other an ardent "amateur" gardner end up getting asked to solve mysteries in beautiful gardeny landscapes (with the plot including plant mysteries).

Definitely Antidote Quality for what we read and discuss beyond the garden threads :)

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Submitted by quixote on

Cinquefoil! Of course! I should have thought of that. It didn't look properly buttercup-y, but memory storage access was obviously faulty. :D

(Ack. This was in reply to Dromaius a bit upthread, but it seems to have wound up orphaned out here.)