It does sound the same, doesn't it? Dumping grounds aren't the same as the compost pile here. Dumping grounds are areas where I empty pots with seeds that didn't germinate. There's usually some late germination and I try and collect those stray seedlings. After all, strays or not, they are likely the result of my daubing. I suspect the one in the photo is the result of a cultivar I bought as 'Butterfly Wings' crossed to Tcha'Deetch. It looks similar (and better) to those that germinated from that cross and after holding the pot two seasons it was dumped in the area where this one appeared. The id on the 'Butterfly Wings' has been questioned. It looks right except it has ivory yellow standards, so is probably not the real thing. Probably an old historic TB, but I use it anyway. It seems to contribute the fall veining quite readily.
Waiting for the temp to get above freezing and not looking forward to what I'm likely to find. May mark the end of iris bloom but sometimes the plants will surprise me. Tomorrow it's supposed to be 90F with a low of 62F - which means the overnight low will be higher temps than the high yesterday or Monday. The wind is supposed to return in force beginning this afternoon. Just about all the TB stalks are showing signs of snaking as are the ABs putting up stalks with them. That's usually more of a problem with the earlier ABs, but this year they didn't have wild temp swings in the growth stage, so they stayed upright mostly, even with the wind. Some got layed over in the wind, but they didn't snake. I guess if those trying to bloom a bit later survive the wind, I'll see even more snaking.
> I had to laugh. I think you posted here
> or on the aril-robin a while back that when people come to your garden
> no matter what you offer them they always want something from your
> compost heap. Do you remember that? Now you are doing the same. I
> think you must throw away some pretty good stuff.
I've never retrieved anything from the compost pile. The area I've dubbed purgatory is where I'm most likely to rescind banishment and bring something back into the yard beds.
Texas Zone 7b, USA