Containers forum: Surprises...

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Name: Kate
Kirkland, WA (Zone 7b)
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Maukahound
Aug 21, 2015 7:11 PM CST
My Lewisia was happily solitary, having made it through the winter in a small clay pot. About a month ago, I noticed that seeds from a Portulaca that had occupied a neighboring pot from 2014, had taken up residence with the Lewisia, as had a Snapdragon, which I think the birds had lent me. When they bloomed a few days ago, the Portulacas displayed a combination of the solid pink and the pink striped variety. When I got home from work today, the little Snap had proudly opened all orange-sorbet, as well as a golden yellow Portulaca with orange markings. I did a double take & laughed. They will be rewarded for their efforts in their own container as new neighbors to an orange Cuphea & coral Geraniums. The Lewisia will be relieved, as will my eyes...
I have had a number of plants, this year, that were mis-labeled: totally different colour. Aggravating, but humorous.
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Name: Christine
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Christine
Aug 22, 2015 5:36 AM CST
very pretty & colorful Thumbs up
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ge1836
Aug 22, 2015 7:07 AM CST
That is lovely. I love portulaca aka Moss Rose.
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Aug 23, 2015 5:00 PM CST
Absolutely beautiful!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Aug 26, 2015 12:31 AM CST

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Kate what a treasure your container is. I love it when beautiful surprise plants show up.
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Sep 3, 2015 10:25 PM CST
Maukahound said: I noticed that seeds from a Portulaca that had occupied a neighboring pot from 2014, had taken up residence


:-) I had similar. Some Portulaca popped up in a container of yellow California poppies. No idea where they came from, but they were cute so I left them.

In one of my deck planters I noticed a few days ago an odd bloom. Butterfly bush of all things. 2 whites and a lavender. Guess a bird musta seeded em. heh

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Sep 3, 2015 10:30 PM CST

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What a wonderful surprise David. Wow, and that is zone 5/6.
Name: Kate
Kirkland, WA (Zone 7b)
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Maukahound
Sep 4, 2015 12:52 PM CST
Avian surprises are interesting: I've had the good fortune over the years, to be the recipient of different annuals/perennials from the birds (which I relocate so they can indulge themselves in their own containers).
What I have found disconcerting is purchasing plants that are mis-labeled. I have a preference for certain colour combinations in containers, so when any rogue colours show up, it just creates more work. This year it involved a number of Pelargoniums & Callibrachoa, neither of which are inexpensive. Trying to re-plant a container in July is shaky, plus the options aren't available as by that time, the nurseries have sold most of their stock. Next year, I will follow my own advice & start replacements from seed, in the event I need them!
Cannot believe I am thinking about next year already...
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 4, 2015 2:11 PM CST

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I agree Kate. I was so excited about a new phemeranthus, babies it along until it had enough growth and bloomed, showing it was definitely not a phemeranthus at all
And it wasn't a cheap plant, even though it was very tiny.
This is what it was supposed to be.
Name: Kate
Kirkland, WA (Zone 7b)
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Maukahound
Sep 4, 2015 4:56 PM CST
You've got my curiousity up, Lynn: what exactly did you get?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 4, 2015 5:24 PM CST

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It looks like one of the Sedum dasyphyllum. Nice plant, but I already have it over by the woodland in a raised bed. Two different kinds.
Name: Kate
Kirkland, WA (Zone 7b)
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Maukahound
Sep 7, 2015 7:00 PM CST
Oh yes: duplicates.
I've had a few of those surprises myself.

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 7, 2015 8:38 PM CST

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Oh well, maybe some day I will find the real Phemeranthus sediforumis. Smiling

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