Friday, May 8, 2009

Mystery wildflower

My neighbor has a beautiful field full of wildflowers -- some that came to her with the property and some that she has lovingly sown over the last few years.

And out in the middle of the field is this one, tall plant.

I have no idea what it is, and a flip through my book of Texas wildflowers didn't turn up anything that I thought fit quite right.

Do you know what it is?

It's growing in rock and has little to no water since we are in a drought and the field has no irrigation of any sort.

She'd really like to know -- can you help Maria name this plant?

On a side note:

My garden and my weeds are overgrowing and I've neglected my blogging for a while because my Mom's been in the hospital twice in the last few weeks and I've been there with her. We got a good post-surgical prognosis today, so she's going to be on the mend soon.

And I'll be back in due time.


Linda/Patchwork said...

Oh, hope your mom is good as new very soon.
I have lots of wildflowers I can't name, too. A lot haven't bloomed, yet. Maybe then we can know what they are.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

That's a really pretty weed, I mean wildflower. I have no clue about it.
I hope things start going a bit more smoothly for you now.

Annie in Austin said...

I'm so sorry your mom's not well, Diana - hope she's on the mend soon!

Your plant looks like Nicotiana glauca to me, AKA Tree Tobacco.
It's not on the Lady Bird Johnson database because it's from South America.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Gail said...

Diana, I am so sorry your mom's been hospitalized..I hope she's doing better. We'll be here, take care. gail

Diana said...

Linda -- thanks for your good wishes. There are so many things I can't name, but Annie always can -- if you look below, she nailed it right on the head!

MMD - Well, it looks like a weed, or a big wildflower, and it turns out it is going to be a tree, according to Annie. Mom's home now as of today, so life is much better, thanks.

Annie - you are amazing! That is absolutely it. I showed my friend and we were both so impressed that you knew it and so excited to have a name for it. Mom went home today and was so relieved to be in her own bed after 8 days in the hospital.

Gail -- thanks for your kind words. Mom's back home so things will return to normal slowly now. It feels so weird to be offline so long, but I just haven't had any time. I finally got to the foot high weeds in my veggie garden this week and boy did that feel good. Blogging will wait a few more days as my daughter and I are going to a Mother-Daughter weekend camp in the mountains on Friday- Sun. THEN I can jump back in!

Annie in Austin said...

Hi Diana - it's wonderful that your mom is home and that you can go on that mountain camping trip with your daughter.

As to getting the ID it feels like I've earned that beautiful contest book!


Jean said...

So glad your mom is better and your mystery is solved. Enjoy your time away and don't worry about not blogging enough. I look forward to meeting you at CSF.

EAL said...

I've seen other pictures of that plant; it can be very pretty.

Diana said...

Jean -- It feels so odd not to be blogging! It's like an addiction -- or just a good habit/hobby. I can wait for Spring Fling!

EAL - I didn't know it before and now I am eager to watch it grow into a tree. Right now it looks like a tall salvia mixed in with her other grasses.