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tamaribugot an idea

about how to work on this plant id thing (which I’ve been completely neglecting!). I think I should take pictures – and maybe sketch? – plants and share them with my niece. She especially loves looking at flowers. 3 years ago


It looks like a great idea… But it also seems pretty hard at the same time… I have things like “apple tree” and “pine tree” and “tulip” and “shrub”. Does that count?? 3 years ago

tamaribuHere's the link

to sscour’s Xanga page where the 100 species challenge originated. 5 years ago

joie de vivreThe Vegetable Garden

Plants we’ve grown in the vegetable patch:

81. Green Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)
82. Sweet Corn (Zea mays)
83. Sugar, snow, and snap peas (Pisum sativum) – each of these are varieties of the species
84. Beets (Beta vulgaris)
85. Carrots (Daucus carota)
86. Collards (Brassica oleracea)
87. Chard (Beta vulgaris) huh? Chard and Beets are the same species???!
87. Trying again: Spinach (Spinacia oleracea)
88. Potato (Solanum tuberosum)
89. Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)
90. Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo)
91. Pumpkin (Cucurbita Pepo) ah heck, another one that is the same species! So, does that mean all the types of squash I’ve grown are all varieties of Cucurbita Pepo? Acorn squash is apparently also Cucurbita Pepo, and so are all these others I’ve grown: Delicata, Pattypan, Yellow crookneck squash, and Yellow summer squash. feh.

91. Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
92. Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) quickly bolted, rather annoyingly
93. Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
94. Chili Pepper (Capsicum annuum)
95. Tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum)
96. Radish (Raphanus sativus), which I read is part of the Brassicaceae family, like cabbage – I wonder how many different kinds of these are eaten all over the world? Which reminds me…
97. Broccoli (Brassica oleracea)
98. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) – apparently both Italian and Thai red basil are just varieties of the same species, but I’ve grown them both.
99. Common sage (Salvia officinalis)
100. Garden Strawberry (Fragaria ananassa) 5 years ago

joie de vivreSpecifically, the garden

Plants in the garden, otherwise not previously noted:

61. Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)
62. Bird’s nest spruce (Picea abies)
63. Western Rhododendron (Rhododendron occidentale)
64. Red-Leaf Photinia (Photinia glabra)
65. Leyland Cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii)
66. Zonal Geranium (Pelargonium zonal)
67. Larger Blue Flag (Iris versicolor)
68. Ivy Geranium (Pelargonium peltatum)
69. Garden Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
70. Heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica)
71. English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
72. “True” Geranium (Geranium Endressii)
73. Forsythia (Forsythia intermedia)
74. Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
75. Bell flower (Campanula fenestrellata)
76. Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
77. Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
78. Common Bent Grass (Agrostis capillaris)
79. Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis)
80. Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)

I didn’t even get to the vegetable garden. And there’s too many different kinds of climbing roses for me to know which one I have. 5 years ago

joie de vivreTaking a mental walk on the path

Since I’m inside, relaxing, I can visualize what I’d see if I walked on the trails that conntect to the one out of Tam O’ Shanter Park. I’ve listed a lot of the plants already, but here’s more:

51. Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
52. Evergreen Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum)
53. Ox Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
54. White Clover (Trifolium repens)
55. English Ivy (English ivy)
56. Pacific Blackberry (Rubus ursinus) this is our native blackberry
57. “Common” Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) – we call this the European Blackberry around here
58. Himalayan blackberry (Rubus discolor)
59. Camomile (Anthemis nobilis) probably, I didn’t know there were so many types.
60. Spanish Broom (Spartium junceum) I realize I’ve been calling this Scotch broom; some nosing around the internet shows that it’s really Spanish broom. 5 years ago

joie de vivreTrees

41. Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum)
42. Vine Maple (Acer circinatum) We have one in our backyard
42. Madrona (Arbutus menziesii) I feel fortunate to have one of these in our back yard – it volunteered!
43. Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa)
44. Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata)
45. Oregon Ash (Fraxinus latifolia)
46. Bigleaf Linden (Tilia platyphyllos) native to England, a very common street tree here
47. Grand Fir (Abies grandis)
48. Black poplar (Populus nigra)
49. Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) we have one of these, too, a total nuisance, constantly throwing up sucker shoots
50. Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera) another tree in the yard that’s a nuisance, dripping sap on the car if we park it in the driveway. 5 years ago

joie de vivreplants of the fields

Thinking about fields, empty lots, land that’s been cleared but nothing’s been built…a lot of these are not natives, they’re exotic invasives.

21. Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
22. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) – actually, this is the species of the common dandelion – who knew that there were so many?
23. Smooth Hawksbeard (Crepis capillaris) – now, I actually would have thought this was a dandelion, but now I know, no, it’s an entirely different genus – and there’s a ton of hawksbeards, too.
24. Autumn Hawkbit (Leontodon autumnalis) – geez, I would have thought this was a dandelion, too!
25. Broad-leaved Plantain (Plantago major)
26. Common Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis arvensis)
27. Creeping Wood Sorrel (Oxalis corniculata) – I’ve always thought this was chickweed, but I guess not.
28. Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)
29. Stinky Bob (Geranium robertianum)
30. Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium)

Well, I’m on a roll, so I’m going to keep on going…

31. Spear Thistle (Circium vulgare)
32. Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
33. Nipplewort (Lapsana communis), something else I would have said was a dandelion.
34. Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), which I guess I’ve confused quite often with Queen Anne’s Lace.
35. Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) is also called Wild Carrot. Who knew?
36. Fever Few (Tanacetum parthenium)
37. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
38. Bindweed (Calystegia sepium)
39. Common vetch (Vica sativa)
40. Bitter nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

Maybe this is just one of those sorts of entries that is too boring for anyone else to read. Like, when people repost song lyrics or something. But it’s been interesting for me so far, so I’m going to continue – only 60 more to go! 5 years ago

joie de vivre10 mushrooms

I think I can do this…even from our front lawn

11. Chantrelle (Chantarelus cibarius)
12. Early morel (Verpa Bohemica)

Then a bunch of boletes and related, many of which do not have common names:

13. Boletus rainisii
14. King Bolete (Boletus edulis)
15. Bitter Butter Bolete – Boletus rubripes or is it Boletus rubellus or is it Boletus campestris? These are very hard to tell apart, and I’m not sure which one we have
16. Boletus zelleri
17. Suillus borealis
18. Suillus brevipes (a front yard mushroom)

Some more:

19. Pear shaped puffballs (Lycoperdon pyriforme)
20. Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)

I was going to list a bunch of russulae, but I have no idea which species are which, and this is a species challenge, not a genus challenge. Even 5 above, where I think I know which kind of boletus it is? Clearly, after some research, I do not. Hm. I don’t know if I’ll need to go in this direction or not yet – I’m only up to 20 species in this challenge. 5 years ago

joie de vivreNative flora

I want to start with plants that are natives in the neighborhood.

1. Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
2. Salal (Gaultheria shallon)
3. Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
4. Western Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)
5. Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium)
5. Salmon berry (Rubus spectabilis)
6. Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)
7. Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
8. Western Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa)
9. Red Alder (Alnus rubra)
10. Western Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) 5 years ago

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