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!!!)
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!!!
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.
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!