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Might have weeded out Hypoxis hirsuta the other day. Has grass-like foliage & found the tag later. Hoping it’s still dormant.

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Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

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eliz April 5, 2009, 10:31 pm

Well, you had me on that one. I had to google to figure out what plant you meant! I knew a chrysogonum goldstar, but not this one.

My front space and the neighbors are filled with clumps of grass-like foliage, which I assume are weeds, but I sort of like them and they disappear in the early summer. I don’t think they’re the autumn crocus, which would be desirable (or they are a very unsuccessful type).

Kathy Purdy April 6, 2009, 1:15 pm

I wasn’t familiar with it either until I was sent one as freebie, included with an order. That’s part of the reason why it was easy to overlook.

Cory April 5, 2009, 9:23 am

I’ve done that too! You get into a zone, and forget you moved that perennial over there with new leaves that look like a prolific weed and Oops! Doesn’t Hypoxis have a corm? If so there may still be hope!

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Sue April 4, 2009, 9:34 pm

I usually let things grow that I think may be desirable plants that turn out to be weeds. I hope you are right about your plants.

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Kathy Purdy April 4, 2009, 9:41 pm

I have my share of wait-and-see plants, too, but this was the opposite problem: I thought it was a weed, so pulled it. I could be wrong. Last year was when I planted it, and it didn’t take up much space, in the ground or in the virtual garden in my head. Once I found the tag, I even had to look up where exactly I had planted it.