Unknown Plant #1: Has been Identified! Painted Buckeye (Aesculus sylvatica)
This one is a fairly tall tree, a little over 7 feet tall. It has fairly smooth bark. The last photo shows that it's begun to bloom in the few days since I originally posted this entry.
Unknown Plant #2: We believe to be a type of Ligustrom.
This one is a large shrub. The leaves are thick and waxy while green but turn a tan/brown as they dry and fall off and have the consistency of a kettle cooked potato chip.
Unknown Plant #3: Has been identified! Variegated Japanese Maple.
This one is a wee little tree growing near the house. It stands only about 2 - 3 feet tall and has smooth bark.
Thanks so much for playing along! This will not only help with labeling my photos, but also in the care of the plants. I'll be back soon enough with Round 2.
P.S. Thank you everyone for the thoughts, wishes, candles and prayers for my eye health. I've been a bit mum on the subject, as well as in general, as when I'm upset that's just what I do. As of right now, things are the same as they were on Wednesday. I continue to have blurry vision and no pain; trying to keep my thoughts as positive as I can right now. I see the specialist Friday.