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Mysterious Faux Pebbles

Posted in "North Carolina" by helenofmarlowe on April 25, 2014

They looked kind of like pebbles, large pebbles, about the size of avocado pits.

But I could tell I was looking at something organic.   I picked up a couple of these organic pebbles and tossed them into a canvas bag.

We were in St. Augustine, stopping over for a few days on the way down to West Palm Beach.  So they must have been in that canvas bag for almost two weeks, forgotten — I’ll stop myself before I get too carried away and say forgotten and forlorn.

After getting back home to NC, I found the forgotten pebbles, and put them into water.

And here they are.

Faux Pebbles

Searching the web for a plant ID site, I ran across  Susan    and I’m glad I did.  She has already helped me identify a pineapple lily, and she offered to take a metaphorical stab at my organic pebbles if I post a photo.    I doubt that they’ll want to be planted outside (zone 7) but maybe a pot with sandy soil will be the way to go.

And I will add, as I did in my previous post  “Faux Spring”  that I can no longer control the placement of photos.  Word Press seems to have limited the options.      Either that , or I haven’t figured out the new rules  (a possibility not to be dismissed).

But, that aside, here are the two faux pebbles sitting on a ledge on my back screened porch.

The growth has occurred since, oh, I guess mid-February.

 

Would love to hear from anyone who can ID these pebble imposters.

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  1. Junkie4Life said, on April 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    One thing I do know is that they are beautiful plants! Not sure if I can ID them but have family and friends on FB that live in FL. I think too that I would leave them potted until they are ID’s as FL has so many invasive plants. Great job on sprouting them! Yes, they are golf ball size for sure!

    • helenofmarlowe said, on April 26, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Thanks Junkie! Maybe some of your friends or family will have this in their own back yards. I also think it’s odd he way the green shoots run up against the side of the “pebble” rather than extending out from it. A puzzle.

  2. Jim Wheeler said, on April 25, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    How interesting. I wonder if there will be flowers?

    • helenofmarlowe said, on April 25, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Jim, I doubt it. My guess is a giant palm tree, with coconuts falling on the roof.

  3. Martha Kennedy said, on April 25, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I love your mysterious plants. Want to see updates as they grow.

    >________________________________ > From: Helen of Marlowe’s Blog >To: martha_kennedy@bellsouth.net >Sent: Friday, April 25, 2014 12:10 PM >Subject: [New post] Mysterious Faux Pebbles > > WordPress.com >helenofmarlowe posted: “They looked kind of like pebbles, large pebbles, about the size of avocado pits.But I could tell I was looking at something organic.   I picked up a couple of these organic pebbles and tossed them into a canvas bag.We were in St. Augustine, stopping over ” >

  4. Rachel M said, on April 26, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Cool pebbles, Helen. I hope you keep them and post updates for us so we can see how they grow.

    As for image editing, WordPress have updated their editor. They’ve got a support guide here:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/image-editing/

    • helenofmarlowe said, on April 26, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you Rachel. I’ll do that – I’ll post another after they’re grown a bit. Maybe we’ll even discover what they are. And thanks for the image editing site. I read it — it looks like it’s only for editing of the image itself, not for placing it on the page. I miss being able to decide how much white space I want around an image and being able to nudge it up a bit on the page, or nudge it down a bit. Maybe that’s still possible and I just have to find it.
      Thanks for your visit and comment.

  5. Susan Campbell Kotarski said, on April 29, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    2 out of 3 say these are amaryllis! Hope this helps!

    • helenofmarlowe said, on April 30, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Yep, you got it! Thank you Susan. You have sent me off abrowsing. Since this is not much like the amaryllis I’m familiar with, I searched for images. Looks like you’ve hit it spot on. Crinum sp. .The thing that is mainly so different is that the amaryllis I’m familiar with has a more common type of bulb – the kind that sprouts from the top and has roots from the bottom. This strange thing I have sprouts from the side of the “pebble” with roots coming straight from the green sprout. So it took me some googling to find it.
      Here, if you’re interested in seeing a picture better than mine http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Starr_020630-0035_Crinum_sp..jpg
      I would never have looked in the direction of amaryllis, so thank you Susan!
      hmmmm — looks like that web site doens’t open from here — though the url is correct. I’ll try to find another.

  6. Susan Campbell Kotarski said, on April 29, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    AKA – junkie4life

    • helenofmarlowe said, on April 30, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Tried another – this link doesn’t work either. Well, by googling crinum sp, and images, I found one showing the peculiar way that it sprouts, leaving the bulb above ground. So now I know what it is. Thanks again!

  7. vorsteggianuu said, on May 5, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I, of course, don’t know what they are either — but I am in the privileged position of being able to see them myself —
    just by walking out on our deck! They are a strange and beautiful.


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