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More planning and mystery plants

October 6, 2015

This year’s PNG – Leadership conference is going to be spectacular. The committee came in today to go over some final details and begin putting packets together. They have really worked hard to make this a great event. png planning committee.oct15.1

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I also have to showcase the graduation photo from the 2015 Pulaski County Graduating class. Pul MG in orange.15 Is this not impressive!! Great color! I think a few may be orange challenged, although one had pants, not top!Pul mg certificates.15 Obviously their officers did not get the memo–and Randy probably doesn’t own anything orange!
But do ask Randy why he is blushing. randy, judy and jean ann.153

Here are the answers to last weeks mystery challenge and your new one. By the way, two people asked me this week, how they can send in answers. You can do it directly by replying to this blog (I won’t approve your comments until I have given the correct answers) or you can email me at and I will let you know how you do. Even though many folks don’t guess, they are still learning when the names are revealed, and some MGs are experts at this, and get 95% of them correct. So try!

Mystery plant A – mystery plant a sept.28 is a perennial or annual which reseeds itself. Commonly called Jewels of Opar, the Latin name is Talinum paniculatum ‘Limon’ (tal-I-num pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tum). The plant is related to portulaca, but has fleshy green leaves and delicate, wiry flower stalks which have dark pink tiny flowers followed by carmine-colored seed pods that are showier than the flowers, but can reseed prolifically. this particular variety has lime green foliage. It grows well in full sun to partial shade.

Mystery plant B –mysery plant b sept28 is commonly called a fall crocus – Colchicum autumnale (KOHL-chik-um aw-tum-NAH-lee) Other common names include Meadow saffron and false autumn crocus. For most, the foliage appears in the spring, then the bulbs go dormant until the bright flowers emerge, seemingly by magic in late summer through early fall. Bulbs are typically sold in the fall, but tend to try to bloom even on the shelf, so many nurseries have given up on trying to sell them. Once you have them, they do come back with ease each year.

Mystery plant C – mystery plant c sept28 (2)

mystery plant c sept28 (1) is a different variety of Jatropha than I grow. This one is Jatropha podagrica (JAT-roh-fuh pod-AG-ree-kuh) commonly called Buddha Belly plant or Bottle Plant. While it is not winter hardy, it is a succulent that can overwinter indoors quite easily. You will have flowers almost year round if you bring it indoors, more in the warmer months of the year. It is a butterfly attractant. It is very easy to care for. Requiring not much water and a sunny location in a pot or in the ground in frost-free areas. It does better with at least a few hours of sun. They produce seed pods that explode, launching the seeds several feet away. We saw it planted in the ground at Powell’s Garden, but it would not overwinter up there.

New Challenge.
Mystery plant A – mystery plant 15. is a perennial.

Mystery plant B – mystery plant b.oct5.15. is a non-hardy succulent

Mystery plant C – mystery plant oct5.c.15 is a deciduous shrub/ sub-shrub.

Good Luck!

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