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Friday 6 August 2010 - Filed under General

Mystery plant
I spotted this thorny character at a nursery last week, but couldn’t find a tag identifying it. Whatever it is, I like it. Any guesses?

Mystery plant

Mystery plant

Same situation with this crazy fern.

Mystery fern


The other mystery I recently had on my hands has been solved, if you use flickr for photos on your blog you might run into the same issue. I use flickr to save and organize my plant photos, and I grab the html off flickr to put photos on my blog. Flickr just did a redesign, and I couldn’t figure out where to get the HTML code for a while. FYI, if using flickr, it is now under the Share this button. It’s actually quicker and easier than where this info was before, now that I finally found it.

2010-08-06  »  megan

Talkback x 12

  1. tina
    6 August 2010 @ 7:35 am

    It is not a type of bramble fruit? Maybe raspberries? Hmm, I don’t know on the first one.

    The second one might be an arborvitae fern? Or in the selaginella family? Not sure.

    I checked out your plant data base-pretty neat!

  2. Andrew at Garden Smackdown
    6 August 2010 @ 8:15 am

    The first plant is an Aralia of some kind. I’d know those thorns and stems anywhere.

    I’ve seen that fern around a lot too, and in fact could point you right to where it is in a local botanic garden, but I can’t think of its name.

  3. Conrad
    6 August 2010 @ 12:06 pm

    Ditto what Andrew said the first is an Aralia.
    As for the Fern I recognise it too, but can’t put a name to it I’m afraid

  4. Loree / danger garden
    6 August 2010 @ 2:32 pm

    And I’m just adding to the fern mystery. I almost bought it at the fall HPSO sale, but then changed my mind. I then went back for it but of course it was gone.

    I looked at my post on the sale b/c I thought I included the picture and name….but no such luck.

  5. Karen
    6 August 2010 @ 5:26 pm

    I was going to say a barberry but I guess not. That fern is nutty, really looks like a conifer’s needles in that first shot.

    Had fun poring over the Plant Lust catalogue today and last night when I should have been sleeping. It is so much fun!

  6. Laura
    8 August 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    Wild plants, can’t help with the ID, but I like the colour of the spiky one!

  7. Al
    9 August 2010 @ 11:01 am

    The fern seems to be Athyrium filix-femina ‘Victoriae’.

  8. portlandgardengeek
    9 August 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    Yes, I think the fern is a Lady Victoria Fern

  9. portlandgardengeek
    9 August 2010 @ 1:38 pm

    or Dre’s Dagger which is a dwarf variety of Lady Victoria I think

  10. ricki - sprig to twig
    10 August 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    The fern is Athyrium filix-femina ‘Dre’s Dagger’. How I got so smart is that I write everything down and file it away in a card catalog (except when I forget).

  11. Grace
    13 August 2010 @ 10:44 am

    Don’t you love when you finally figure something out? I know the programmers are always trying to improve things but darn it sometimes all their work does is complicate the life of us users.

  12. Scott Weber
    27 August 2010 @ 1:44 pm

    Hahaha…I had the same thing happen with flickr…I was so mad that I couldn’t figure out how to get to those links after the re-design…sheesh!