It is a long story. I did not get out to get any pictures until Friday. By that time, I was none too selective. I just got pictures of what happened to be convenient. It really is coincidence that all happen to be white. The first three are from work. The other three are on roadsides in town. 1, 3 and 6 have potential to be colors besides white. However, 1 and 6 are typically white in their feral state as shown here; and only one cultivar of 3 is only slightly blushed.

1. Alyssum – can not decide if it is a warm or cool season annual. A new generation starts to bloom before predecessors finish, regardless of season. All are feral, so none are pink or lavender.P00307-1

2. Candytuft – is mistaken, by some, for alyssum. It blooms almost as continuously. It really should get cut back about now. Although, no one wants to cut it back while it continues to bloom.P00307-2

3. Clematis – is evergreen, but was defoliated by harsh winter pruning. It lacks sufficient space to grow wild. Earlier bloom is fading already. The ‘Apple Blossom’ cultivar has blushed bloom.P00307-3

4. Plum – of unknown origin blooms spectacularly at a gas station in town. Bloom is not quite as delicate as that of other feral American plum that naturalized from old stone fruit understock.P00307-4

5. Snowflake – grows wild along roadside drainage ditches, but does not seem to be aggressively invasive. Mine bloomed earlier just like this. This is what I grow instead of trendy snowdrop.P00307-5

6. Calla – is in the same ditch with the snowflake. It is even less aggressive. Weird colorful hybrids do not naturalize at all, probably because they are weaker, and do not produce viable seed.P00307-6

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14 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Housebound

    1. Well, . . . they are ditches. Because they stay damp later than what is around them, they are more likely to be inhabited by riparian species, or species that do not appreciate the long dry summers here so much.

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    1. An advantage of common names is that they need not comply with standardized nomenclature. (Heck, nowadays, even standardized nomenclature barely complies with itself.) They are commonly known as snowdrop here because the other snowdrops are uncommon.

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    1. They are just common ditches like anywhere else. They just tend to collect some of the prettier feral species that do not survive so well on drier and more exposed ground.


    1. ‘Apple Blossom’ is sometimes the only cultivar found in nurseries, although I think I see as many that are simple white in landscapes. I prefer the simple white, but I think it can be rather boring in simple landscapes. I mean, it can look a bit to ‘plain’. Apple blossom looks more like a bloom should. I do not know what cultivar is in the picture. I like the foliage, but the thin flowers look a bit weedy to me.


  1. I love your all-white choices, and you’re right about the Candytuft – I wouldn’t want to cut it back either. The plum blossom is beautiful, as are those sweet little Snowflakes.

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    1. No one knows what the plum is. It looks like a fruiting cultivar, but the fruit is not much more than that of the Feral American plums. It could be a feral Japanese plum, that grew from a pit of a common eating plum. The fruit is a bit bigger and firmer than that of American plum.


    1. Thank you; but these callas are nothing special. I might eventually move some into the garden where I can groom them an get them to bloom more. I would refer nettles because my primary source for nettles is not so easy to get to.


  2. I wish my last minute sixes looked as good as this one. The white flowers are all stunning. The plum blossom is lovely. And as has already been commented – you have classy ditches! Alyssum used to be a garden standard here but it seems to have gone out of fashion. The white version is definitely the best.

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    1. The ditches really aren’t much to brag about. They just tend to collect more of the feral plants because they stay damp a bit later than the surrounding areas, which is useful to many plants where summers are so dry.


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