hey, looks like heavenly bamboo to me based on the pictures I just looked at
learning new things all the time
Bewitching, that's really not a great picture, but it looks like Heavenly Bamboo. If I saw a picture of its overall growth I could be certain. Heavenly Bamboo, or Nandina, has mostly dry but extremely pretty bright red winter berries. Culinary applications are few. I have noticed that they harbor shades readily, much as does true bamboo. And yes, bronze scuppernongs are choice.
Capsicum, I'm an orchid ignoramus but I know those are gorgeous wildflowers.
Chloe, I have an Indian Pipe growing in my garden, and I have not noticed that touching it has any effect.
I can't tell for sure, but those look like pictures of a honeysuckle vine with some ragweed growing through it. The little yellow flowers are actually a part of the plant below it that has leaves that look like a marigold. We normally call that ragweed here. Ragweed is good as a topical solution to insect bites, however it also is the number one cause of hay fever allergies. It's an Ambrosia so it's associated with immortality in Greek and Roman mythology. Honeysuckle (if that is in fact what the bush/vine is) is Japanese and has a multitude of medicinal uses...not sure of any magical properties it has but I'm sure there are plenty.
EDIT: I just looked at my honeysuckle vines, it looks a bit different,...but if it has little yellow flowers all over it during spring it could be....the name is eluding me...starts with an "h" I believe...XD can't remember. People plant it in hedgerows all over the place here.
On the other side of the vacant townhouse's yard next door to me, there's actually quite a bit of bamboo stalks not intwined w/other plants, etc.!! I'll take pics of them and upload them as well. My hubby took some today of our trees, shrubs, weeds, etc. all around our front and back yard. Some of them aren't really good bc of the glare of the sun, so I'm going to take some more tomorrow in the late afternoon when the lighting is different due to all of the shading from the trees and whatnot.
When my hubby saw a package of the magnolia "grapes" (the scuppernongs) at one of our local Co-ops, he was stunned bc they cost so much and had no idea that's essentially what we have growing in our yard until the other day. Since you're familiar w/them Christine, when and how would you suggest I go about cultivating and harvesting them? How can I tell when they're ripe for instance? Do I pluck them or wait for them to fall off? What time of the year is best for harvesting them? And so on... I wasn't blessed w/my mother's green thumb and even though I know a ton about herbs and plants from a medicinal perspective, as well as a magical one, I'm new to gardening and identifying plants/herbs visually (except the easy ones like mint, rosemary, lavender and several other more commonly recognizable ones- at least to me)- heck even the local and state trees I just started learning how to identify (except certain oak, pine, and dogwoods, and any one that bears common fruits like apples, citrus fruits, etc.).
I just noticed my neighbor has pot marigolds growing in her front yard today for crying out loud. All I kept thinking was, "dammit if I'd known this weeks ago!" bc I just bought some calendulas for a homemade salve. And here she is with an entire yard of them! Also, I'm highly allergic to ragweeds- lol. My state is just phenomenal for people like me.