Good evening everyone-I had a friend of mine(Mary Douglas)noticed I hadn't posted in a while and wondered if I was OK. Yes, I am OK just busy with planting. I have ordered so much stuff and much of it has arrived that I have to make a log of everything with pics, height, bloom time so I can figure out where it will go and where it will look best and what to put it with. No small task. I ordered 343 tulip bulbs alone (28 varieties)
One of the flowers I ordered was called the Star of Bethlehem pictured left. I thought it was quite striking and unique so I ordered 1 pkg with quantity of 25.
Many of the bulbs and plants I ordered are quite unique which is something I very much like. I wanted something different than the ordinary. I think I will have it in my garden next year.
Now I went looking on the website where I ordered this for the height and couldn't find it so I decided to google it to see if someone else carried it. I didn't find it anywhere else but I did find something rather interesting. For the 2+ years that I have lived here I have found MANY of something in the yard I thought were wild onions or leeks because that is what they look like. This is what I found out
It is actually a perennial from a bulb that is often misidentified as a grass or as wild garlic or wild onion. Star-of-Bethlehem has been sold as an ornamental and has escaped to become a weed of landscapes, pastures, hayfields, turfgrass, and lawns.
Here is what it looks like so if you have any in your yard and don't know what it is then you will know now too. As you can see from the pic on the left the bulb looks like an scallion.
Kathy Streib has a series called what I learned in AR each day. Well I didn't learn it from AR but I still learned something I didn't know plus it solved the mystery of why these so called onions were growing all over the yard.
It supposedly has white flowers but I have never seen them but maybe it is because I mow them down but I still haven't even in places they have grown that I don't mow.
Now this is what the flowers look like. I am not sure if I mine will have the flowers in the center or just the beautiful foliage. I am happy either way. The Star of Bethlehem weed is native to the Mediterranean.
Now that I know what it is when I see them and get a opportunity I will dig up the bulb and plant them somewhere all together and see if they flower.
So like Kathy I had my own Aha moment tonite just not from AR.