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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2012
12:35 PM

Post #9074275

Things are coming up in my inherited shady yard. One is a perennial that somehow looks familiar but I can't identify, and the second is a short suckering shrub with tiny little thorns (ouch!)

I actually got rid of the ditchlilies that everyone was so kind about identifying, my next door neighbor was thrilled to take at least 20 of my hostas, and a woman with a huge house by the river wants my lily of the valley. It's so nice to find someone who wants them, raher than throwing them in the trash.

Here is the plant and the shrub. Many thanks for any ideas (the previous owner doesn't know!!!)

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 8, 2012
4:06 PM

Post #9074556

#1 appears to be Anemone sylvestris.
#2 is a Ribes of some sort.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 8, 2012
5:13 PM

Post #9074623

I am so impressed by your identifying the ribes. I had no clue. It appears to be a ribes - possibly sanguineum.

Now I understand why the other was familiar. I grow anemone x hybrida Honorine Jobert, Wirbelwind and tomentosum popped up in my old garden.

Thank you altagardener!

Donna
kneff
Dearborn, MI
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2012
1:43 AM

Post #9085642

Donna, the first plant might also be masterwort (astrantia).
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2012
5:45 AM

Post #9085794

I actually have 3 ribes, and they are all in bloom now. I never would have put them in, but they have a quiet charm.

And yes, I see the astrantia resemblance. I'll let you both know when it blooms, which it will in any case.

Thank you!

Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2012
8:00 AM

Post #9087409

#1 reminds me of both Astrantia and Geranium maculatum
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2012
9:03 AM

Post #9087500

How funny. My first thought was geranium. I only have a few, and I compared them. Hardy geraniums are new for me. A fellow DG'er insisted on giving them to me in exchange for some lilies. I fell in love, and actually started reading books about them.

It's fun to have a mystery plant that isn't a weed!!!
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 27, 2012
2:21 PM

Post #9100320

It's blooming with lovely little pink flowers! I love it!

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Eleven

Eleven
Royal Oak, MI
(Zone 6a)

April 27, 2012
6:49 PM

Post #9100611

It's the Geranium. Mine are blooming now too.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 28, 2012
5:11 AM

Post #9100900

I just googled wild geranium and you are absolutely right. What a great surprise. I really think it's lovely. It's pretty large, so I think I will figure out the best time to divide it, and spread it around the garden.

Thank you!

Donna
kneff
Dearborn, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 3, 2012
9:10 PM

Post #9109585

How pretty! They're blooming here, too, and I've found that the leaves will last well into summer if they don't get too hot or dry. They also reseed freely, but politely--no unruly masses of seedlings. They're best divided in the fall, but you have great soil and should be able to do it anytime. Some of mine were transplanted out of our woods in full bloom. That's the only time I could find them!
kneff
Dearborn, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 3, 2012
9:11 PM

Post #9109587

Forgot to add thanks for following up and letting us know what they turned out to be.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 4, 2012
1:44 AM

Post #9109680

Oh, dear Kneff, thank you for thanking me! I am so grateful to the people who are taking the time to help me identify plants from my new garden.

I like them so much that I have ordered seed so that I can grow these beauties. Oddly, I only have one, and it's huge, but it has never seeded.

Thank you again to everyone.

Donna
mobeebalm
Fulton, MO

May 5, 2012
11:22 AM

Post #9111534

Congratulations, you have Gooseberries (photo on right)!
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 5, 2012
3:35 PM

Post #9111765

Wow, what an eye. I have four gooseberry bushes altogether. And I just discovered gooseberry vines on the other side of the yard. They are pumping out those lovely green berries! I'm in heaven!

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