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    Beautiful, but what is it?

    This plant showed up around our lake this summer. I never planted it, so the birds, cranes, or other wildlife must have brought in the seed. Anyone ever seen this plant before?

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    Wow, what a cool gourd! I would grow them even...

    Wow, what a cool gourd! I would grow them even though they are not edible. The color and shape are so interesting. Look like little flying saucers!

    Thanks

    plantsinthemail
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    Small elephant ear

    #1 looks like a small elephant ear plant to me. If so you should have a small tuber in the pot instead of a root ball. If grown in stronger light, the leaves would get much larger.

    Just a guess,...
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    Castor Bean

    That is a beautiful castor bean plant. They are supposed to keep moles away. Those red balls will be full of seeds and can be harvested when they turn brown. If left on the plant, they will split...
  5. You could try Showy Evening Primrose. It likes...

    You could try Showy Evening Primrose. It likes hot dry conditions and blooms for aout 6 weeks. It spreads quickly and easily. Lavender Munstead is another good one for long blooms and little care....
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    Requires more moisture.

    I can relate to your concern with the 100% compost. I did a new perennial bed 3 years ago with strictly 40 year old rotted sawdust. The plants seem to do well enough, but I could not keep it wet. ...
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    Less nitrogen, more potash.

    From what you say, your tree sounds pretty healthy if the leaves are plentiful. Possibly you have been too kind to it? Most flowering plants put out more flowers when there is a lack of nutrients in...
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