Spring keeps on springing (audience participation edition).

It would appear that our rainy season is really over until next winter (which is not to say that it won't rain at all between now and then, just that things will be more dry than wet). So, it seemed like a good time to document some recent developments in the Free-Ride garden.

Today, I'm presenting six photos from the garden for you to identify:

  • Common name is fine -- no need to provide the Linnaean binomial unless you really feel like it.
  • No, I'm not asking you to identify these plants because I've forgotten what I've planted. (Not this time, anyway.)
  • Your identifications will germinate (harden-off? compost?) in comment moderation until Monday night (9 PM PST, to be precise), so there's no need to worry that your comment will spoil the fun for others who want to guess.
  • If you have a favorite recipe that uses one or more of these mystery crops and you'd like to share, that would be awesome.

And now for the photos:

Mystery crop #1:


Mystery crop #2:


Mystery crop #3:


Mystery crop #4:


Mystery crop #5:


Mystery crop #6:


Good luck, home botanists!

UPDATE: Some very good identifications, but some of these crops seem to be more challenging to identify than others.

In case it helps, here's a clue: In terms of the climate zones in the Sunset Western Garden Book, I think we're about 16 ("Central and Northern California Coast Thermal Belts").

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#1 = strawberry
#3 = artichokes
#4 = peas or sweet peas

By Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified) on 29 Mar 2009 #permalink

#5 is blueberries (I didn't know they grew in San Jose)

By Tsu Dho Nimh (not verified) on 29 Mar 2009 #permalink

#1 is some strawberry variety (Fragaria)

#2 is some mustard family member; maybe turnip or parsnip?

#3 is some form of Chinese cabbage, perhaps a Bok Choy variety.

#4 is a variety of English Pea.

#5 --I have no idea

#6 Probably mustard family, but I know not what it might be.


#1 is strawberries.
#2 might be a carrot?
#3 I'm going to guess is a brassica of some flavor, but I don't recognise it at all.
# 4 is peas (my favorite fresh-from-the-garden veggie!).
#5 might be a hot pepper?
#6 is maybe potatoes.

Hmmmm. I'm totally ignorant about anything that's West Coast specific or warm climate only.

1. Strawberries
2. Looks vaguely familiar, but I can't bring it to mind.
3. No idea
4. Peas
5. No idea
6. Not sure, but leaves look potato-ish.

It's about time I should be getting some of the early seeds in the ground here, but my garden is still a sea of mud.

1: strawberries (recipe: Sure Gel lower sugar freezer jam!)
2: ?? (guessing squash or maybe eggplant....)
3: artichoke
4: peas
5: ??? (weed?)
6: potatoes


2.A member of the Asteraceae, an Apium species? Need to see at a more developped stage

3.Artichoke or Cardoon

4.A member of the Fabaceae, an Vicia species? Need to see at a more developped stage

5. Blue or Mil-berry? The pict is slightly blurred...

6.Solanum tuberosum

Looks like:

1. Fragaria (strawberries)
2. Rheum (Rhubarb)
3. Maybe artichokes?
4. sweet peas
5. Not a very good picture but looks like an Ericaceae so I'd say blueberry?
6. Potatoes

Mmm. 1 is strawberries, 4 is peas, 5 is blueberries, and 6 is potatoes. I initially wanted to say 2 is rhubarb, but it doesn't look quite right. Celery, perhaps? 3 looks totally exotic to my east-coast training. Maybe it's a root vegetable that I don't know the foliage for, like jicama?

By fizzchick (not verified) on 30 Mar 2009 #permalink

#1 strawberry!

#2 celery/rhubarb

#3 broccoli (or some other variety of Brassica oleracea)

#4 peas (or perhaps another bean)

#5 blueberries (blurry photo...)

#6 potato?

1. yummy strawberries in blossom (fruit to follow)
2. leaf looks like celery, but stem looks reddish, so you got me
3. artichokes
4. peas (in NJ plant on 3/19-St. Joseph's feast day)
5. pretty flowery bush about to bloom ... stems too tender for azaleas, so I'm still guessing. Is it new since I've been in the yard?
6. looks like radish leaves, but not quite red globe that I've grown, maybe daikon or some such?

Daffs and forsythia out here but someone at my mini iris blooms--rabbit more likely than deer; tulip trees, cherries and Bradford pears just opening. All holding well since temps still at or below normal. Nose beginning to run.

Back to work; thanks for the break.

By Super Sally (not verified) on 30 Mar 2009 #permalink

Mystery crop #1: Barren strawberry
Mystery crop #4: peas

My identifications:

Mystery crop #1: strawberry

Mystery crop #2: Parsley

Mystery crop #3: Artichoke

Mystery crop #4: Peas

Mystery crop #5: Blueberries

Mystery crop #6: Tomatoes

I'm envious of your spring - I'm a Bay Area native now in cold eastern WA. Not much growing here yet - my bulbs are a few inches tall, but no color showing, and it's a while before we can even think of planting the garden.
I am pretty sure of these:
#1: strawberries
#3: artichokes
#4: sweet peas (could be peas for eating, but I'll go with the flowers)
#6: radishes
but I'm stuck on the other two...

artichoke, unless it's cardoon which would be cool
I'm not really sure but I'll guess blueberries
potato. It's entirely possible it's potato leafed tomato but then you're growing them so close.

By Uncle Fishy (not verified) on 30 Mar 2009 #permalink

Y'all are pretty good with the plant identification! If we end up with any unidentified "volunteer" plants, I know who to turn to to sort them out.

The identities of the mystery crops, revealed ...

#1 Strawberry
#2 Parsnip
#3 Artichoke
#4 Pea
#5 Blueberry
#6 Potato

1. strawberry
2. celery
3. artichoke
4. peas
5. blueberry
6. potato

By Eriastrum (not verified) on 02 Apr 2009 #permalink