Spring is here in Oregon and I’ve got plants popping up all over the new homestead. I need help identifying what I have (suggested Websites, books, etc. would be helpful — along with outright identification from you readers). Some stuff is wild, beautiful and fleeting, like this little red flower that popped up on the lawn.
Other stuff is invasive or ornamental with no inherent nutritional or habitat value to my burgeoning wildlife sanctuary and backyard farm. What should I keep? What should I pull out? What should I replace it with? And how do I manage it? For example, the rosemary bush below was sprawling out of control this spring. The logical action was pruning. But a lot of the branches have turned brown and died. Was it my fault? And what now?
On the upside, we’ve got some interesting food popping up on the raised beds. Good stuff, including lettuce, celery and some stuff I’m not too sure about. The first picture below, looks like red-leaf lettuce — not sure when to harvest it, but it looks good. Then there’s this little guy in the second shot — I swear I’ve seen it in a salad. We’ve also got celery popping up (third photo down), but I’m not too sure what to do with it. Does it need staked? It’s gone feral. Lastly, rainbow chard is popping up, but I know how to handle that I guess. Seems like I need to take anti-slug measures.
I’ve got some random flowers popping up in shady spots, like the flowers below that were growing in the ultra soggy, shady spot under the apple tree. We’ve got the little guys in the second and third shot that are growing under a doug fir in the side of my front yard. Last photo is back by the pond/swamp.
We’ve also got a fair share of shrubs. I’ve pulled down a bunch of bamboo (which I’m sure is coming back). There are a lot of others, some of which may be helpful, others not so much. It’s pretty early to figure out what’s what, but we’ve got a lot flowering now and that’s great.
In other news, I put in a big old bed for blueberries and they’re doing pretty well — though some seem to be getting more light than others and growing quicker. It may even out once things get warmer. I also planted some cilantro and parsley in the bed, but these ridiculous temperatures have pretty much kicked them over.
Anybody want to identify this ivy creeping all over my place?
Anyway, I guess that’s it. If you have any ID’s, advice, or other info feel free to pass it on.