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What are these flowers?

This is my mystery flower.  What the heck is this?  It's about two feet tall, and I really like them.










And this is the bush by the side door.  It's really purty, but again, I don't know what it is...



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golden_meliades
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
I have both of those in my garden. The bush is a spirea. I just planted one in my front garden last week. :) (Same colour, too, maybe a tad deeper pink.)

THe white thing...I can't remember it's exact name, but it looks like a type of speedwell/salvia/veronica. I'll have to check...but I think it's speedwell. (Which is a veronica.)
kls_eloise
Jul. 7th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
The pink is sort of washed out this year - I'm not sure why. Perhaps the poor thing needs a feeding. Ironically, this bush almost got ripped out. It was sprawling all over the walk when we moved in, and getting in my way (it didn't bloom that year.) When fall came, I briefly tried to rake the oak leaves out of it, then got frustrated, took the shears, and cut it off at ground level. The following spring it came in thick, lush, and absolutely covered in flowers.

I guess it needed a good haircut.
jdulac
Jul. 7th, 2010 10:10 am (UTC)
white thing: Lysimachia clethroides
pink bush: spirea japonica
kls_eloise
Jul. 7th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I see the lysimachia is invasive. I'm obviously going to have to think about this...

Why are all the plants that I find attractive invasive?
jdulac
Jul. 7th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
there are lots of lysimachia, and this kind is not particularly invasive. You are thinking of the purple loosestrife.
kls_eloise
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
My boss tells me that it's fairly easy to pull out for containment purposes, so I'm less worried. It's awfully pretty.
golden_meliades
Jul. 7th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
On the above...

I have access to veronica varieties that look like generally like your picture but I'd go with lysimachia as the answer, as I seem to recall 'gooseneck loosestrife' attached to the one I have that grows just like that (with the quirked 'neck/head') and that's the name that goes with lysimachia.

Your picture shows more lime-coloured leaves than lysimachia generally has but I see they're darker in the close-up, so it's probably a camera thing. Flash, maybe?
kls_eloise
Jul. 7th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
Yes - the color is definitely off from the flash.

Do you have trouble keeping it under control? A quick perusal of the web shows a lot of people saying "no no no!" and I would prefer not to repeat my bishop's weed experience.
golden_meliades
Jul. 7th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
What I have planted is not loosestrife (lysimachia) but speedwell (veronica), so no, MY plant is well-behaved. But anything called 'loosestrife' is going to be pretty vigorous, in my experience. PURPLE loosestrife is so invasive that it was essentially forbidden by law around here a while back. (Sorta. There were commercials on TV back then warning of the dangers of the stuff.)

It's very pretty, but whether it's invasive or not depends on how much it likes its surroundings. Can you already see it spouting up everywhere?
kls_eloise
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
It's definitely vigorous. I remember thinking about two months ago "I'm pretty sure that there wasn't originally *nearly* this much of it." I've also got it coming up through the euonymous on the east side of the house. I'll have to see if it's "vigorous" or "invasive." I wouldn't actually mind the first one, since any plants in my life need to survive on my particular brand of benevolent neglect. I thinkit's a wait and see situation. If it spreads slowly enough, I'll just keep beating it back - that's the situation I'm in with day lilies right now.

The wisteria, on the other hand, Will. Not. Die.

*Purple* loosestrife is an environmental nightmare down here. If I had found that I'd be ripping it out with extreme predjudice.
golden_meliades
Jul. 7th, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
PS: If you like this but find it IS invasive in your area (it's NOT as invasive as purple loosestrife, I know that much.) then you could look into speedwell. It doesn't have the awesome quirked 'neck' in the bloom but otherwise looks rather similar.
kls_eloise
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
My boss has some, and she says it spreads but it's really easy to pull up. Time will tell.
galingale
Jul. 7th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
Goldenmeliades pinned the tail on the donkey -- gooseneck loosestrife. I'm giggling because I learned this one on Sunday. Sitto has it in her garden.

Purple loosestrife is so invasive it's being yanked by volunteers at parks...but our honeybees love it. Just don't plant it on purpose and tell the guys down at DEP.

The other one may be less pink because of the heat. There are native spireas also, although the one I know isn't as fragrant.
kls_eloise
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Well, and I *might* have *maybe* pruned it too hard for too many years in a row because I didn't know any better...
kls_eloise
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, and it's not fragrant at all. Just pretty.
galingale
Jul. 9th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
Hmmm...then it's still not the one they used to have outside my college dorm. Rats. And the school has ripped them all out in an orgy of redevelopment so at this rate I'll never know.
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