Six on Saturday - April 27, 2019 - Help Me Out!

It's that wonderful day of the week again, Saturday!
Gardeners from around the globe (really) give us six garden or related photos to enjoy.

This week I'm hoping a reader might help me identify two mystery seedlings.  They were in
marked containers, but the markings rubbed off.  I have a list of seeds, so if anyone has any ideas what my #5 and #6 are, maybe we can match them up!

First though, my first four...

1 - wisteria
I am quite disappointed.  It came with only the label Wisteria sinensis, which only tells me its a Chinese wisteria, but not its color.
It's not the deep lovely purple I'd expected.
It's a very pale purple, nearly white, with darker purple inside (I tried to figure out the different parts, but "banners" and "wings" and "fused" and "free" stamens was too much, so I'm calling it the inside!).  I should be happy with any blooms, I planted it less than two years ago, and it was only in a gallon container from the nursery.
But, it's not the lovely "wisteria" purple I wanted to see against the yellow house! 
(I need to take a deep breathe and remember, it's a healthy plant with pretty flowers.)

2 - Russell Lupine
I know,  I've been overdoing the lupine pics!  But... it keeps getting bigger 
and more bloom-filled!  And some of those spikes are 17" tall!  Plus, there are more forming, as 
well as the cute little fuzzy seed pods!  This plant wins the "Most Surprising" award, as
well as the "Most Successful Winter Sown in 2018" award!
I never imagined the only tiny seedling a year ago would be ready to take over the entire 
Butterfly Garden bed!

3 - Tidy Tips
This little cutie is a wildflower, a sunflower family member.  They are native to California, Arizona and Utah. These plants are still small, mature ones are 9"-12" high.
But, because they don't like hot temperatures, I'm glad they are flowering now, rather than waiting.   
I started these seeds in winter, and they were the fastest to germinate and grow of any other Winter Sown seeds.
They are just adorable!

4 - Juniper Thyme
I "collect" different thymes.  This is Juniper or Moonlight thyme (Thymus leuchotrichus).
I guess the silvery needles give it the Moonlight name, but when this particular plant was first purchased it looked like a teeny juniper bonsai, so I go with Juniper thyme.  Soon the entire stems will be nothing but these purple flowers. It's a culinary thyme that I have never tasted!

Okay, here come the big mysteries!
They don't look like online photos of any of my "lost" seedlings!  
Any suggestions?

5 - "Mystery Seedling #1"

6 - "Mystery Seedling #2"
This is rhubarb!
Thanks Jim!

Now that Spring has really arrived, it's hard to choose just Six on Saturday!


  1. The yellow wildflower is very special, as are your (super early) lupines! Alas, I'm no help at all with your mystery seedlings, but in this group of avid gardeners, someone is bound to help.

    1. Are the lupines early? I've never grown them before last year, and then it was from seed. This one was just a tiny seedling last year at this time, and had one puny flower stalk in summer. It has surprised me just how big it is so early in the year.

  2. Your Juniper Thyme is awesome!

    1. I think so too! It's growing in the top part of a terra-cotta strawberry pot. It stays small. I also have a baby one I propagated from a stem cutting off this one.

  3. Mystery #2 looks like Rheum. I'm struggling to understand how the yellow and white daisy if it's native to California, Arizona and Utah would not like hot temperatures. Do they grow in winter and go dormant in summer?

    1. Tidy Tips grow very quickly, and bloom within 14 weeks of planting seeds. They can be sown in the spring (I used the Winter Sow method), and summer for a fall bloom. This is my first year growing them (not my last, they were so easy!), but it looks like they don't flower in the heat of summer, the info says "early summer" and "fall."
      A very quick life-cycle annual. I should have staggered the sowing. Now I know.

      THANK YOU! Yes, mystery #2 is rhubarb! I grew it just for fun from .25 seeds, for my fruit tree guilds (as a mulcher), and if it does well for a vegetable, all the better! I've never seen the seedlings before, just the crowns.

  4. I had your 'wisteria disappointment' w/my chocolate vine - other SoSers had these deep purple flowers on theirs & mine was pale. But your wisteria is unusual & pretty, so hopefully its colour will grow on you. Love that little wildflower is its name Tidy Tips? How wonderful! Hope someone can ID your mystery plants.

    1. Yes, Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa), even the name is cute! Jim above identified mystery #2 as rhubarb!

    2. Jim knows his stuff. He's helped me out w/several mysteries growing in my garden.

  5. I think u have some lupin(e)just like that, from seed this year so still small. Hope they don't take over too much!

    1. I find it interesting that lupine in British English has no "e," and with the "e" pertains to wolves. It does explain the collar and leash brand Lupine, now that I think about it! I wondered why people pronounced it "wrong"(I worked in a pet store that sold it), only thinking of flowers!
      Oh, I'd love them to take over! There's plenty of room.

  6. Lisa, I feel your disappointment for the wysteria. I bought some cerise pink succulent daisies to brighten one of my succulent boarders. I stressed to the garden centre they MUST be pink. No problem she said, we don't stock white because I can't get them. Guess what... when they flowered they were ALL white.


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