Mystery purple Bell flowers Garden

What’s blooming in the area: Dr. Huey, hybrid tea and miniature roses, buddleia, Japanese honeysuckle, silver lace vine, red yucca, lilies, daylily, hollyhock, datura, sweet pea, Jupiter’s beard, alfalfa, brome grass; some cut hay.

Beyond the walls and fences: Tamarix, Apache plume, showy milkweed, fernleaf and leatherleaf globemallows, cheese mallow, tumble mustard, alfilerillo, scarlet bee blossom, white evening primrose, velvetweed, bindweed, woolly plantain, stickleaf, purple mat flower, goat’s head, wild licorice mainly seeds, loco, white sweet clover, western goat’s beard, Hopi tea, golden hairy and strap-leaf asters, native and common dandelions; buds on prickly pear and Virginia creeper; bush morning glory up; native yucca leaf points turning brown.

In my yard, looking east: Persian yellow rose, raspberry, winecup mallow, sidalcea, coral bells, baby’s breath, Bath pinks peaked, snow-in-summer, sea pink, Maltese cross, bouncing Bess, pink evening primrose, pink salvia.

Looking south: Pasture, floribunda and rugosa roses, oxalis, tomatilla.

Looking west: Husker red beardtongue, blue flax, catmints, Rumanian sage, flowering spurge, sea lavender; buds on white mullein; tulip leaves turning brown.

Looking north: Catalpa, golden spur columbine, coral beardtongue, Hartweig evening primrose, butterfly weed, Mexican hat, Moonshine and Parker’s Gold yarrows, chocolate flower, coreopsis, blanket flower, anthemis, black-eyed Susan; garlic leaves turned brown.

Bedding plants: Sweet alyssum, pansy, snapdragon, moss rose, impatiens, nicotiana.

Inside: Zonal geranium, aptenia, asparagus fern.

Animal sightings: Hummingbird on coral beardtongue, goldfinch on chocolate flowers, other small birds, gecko, hummingbird moth on columbine at sunset, bees, black butterfly with yellow stripe on catmint, small flying insects, grasshoppers, harvester and small black ants; hear crickets.

Weather: Smoke from a fire near Tesuque has been added to that from Arizona as temperatures stay high; last rain 5/19/11; 15:57 hours of daylight today.

Weekly update: I first saw purple mat flowers blooming in a sidewalk crack in Los Alamos.

Tiny, five-petaled flowers covered a plant that sprawled on concrete with dense narrow leaves. It rather resembled a moss phlox, only the leaves were plumper and furry. When the flowers aged, the petals curved down and the leaves collected sand.

Nama hispidum is generally considered to be a desert annual that grows from northern Arizona and south Texas down into San Luis Potosí. Early in the last century Elmer Wooten and Paul Standley said it grew on dry hills and plains west of Santa Fe, as well as in the Four Corners, the headwaters of the Pecos and other mountainous parts of New Mexico.

Nuts n' Cones Nuts n' Cones Canterbury Bells - Cup & Saucer Mixed - 5g Seeds
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Flower bed plan

2009-05-06 13:09:59 by mudshoes

If you plan on using the site every year for flowers pick another spot for the vinca as it is very fast growing. Vince I find works well to capture the fallen leaves under trees which in turn will feed the soil. It will also keep Lawn equiptment away from the trees. The canterbury bells are biennials producing leaves in their first year and producing beautiful flowers the following spring. SOOO in eaither case plan on giving them a good deal of space 3'X 3' so they can do their thing for years. Plan to stake the flowers as they emerge, so worth the little amt. of work. Put the lung wort in front of the canterbury bells and the cinnamon ferns in thje back of the border

Help please! Is this milkweed?

2007-08-16 11:03:19 by tapsnap

I'm a newbie to gardening and need guidance. I planted zinnias and they are thriving. I also planted hollyhocks and Canterbury bells next to the zinnias but this is what is taking over. Someone told me these are milkweed plants.
1-Are they milkweed and if so where did they come from and how did they spread and take over? They weren't there last year and are popping up EVERYWHERE in my yard and other garden beds.
2-Should I pull them? Any special advice or instructions for proper removal?
3-Do they have any purpose or uses at all?
I can't believe I thought they were the other flowers growing and I was so disappointed when I was informed that they are WEEDS!
Replies are MUCH appreciated!

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