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01/05/2013 at 10:09

any ideas what these 2 might be? the second one, i have 2 of them about 5 inches or so apart - and the nearest plant to them is a Sorbaria (http://garden-splendor.com/showcase/sorbaria-sem.html) it kind of does look a bit similar?

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/22901.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/22902.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

 bigger versions:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/y199mouh4789ets/IMAG0526.jpg

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pwmpm6b8sf5g1bm/IMAG0527.jpg

 

01/05/2013 at 10:12

2. is herb Robert, a wild geranium

I thought 1. was a creeping buttercup but when enlarged it looked too hairy

01/05/2013 at 10:27

thanks Nutcutlet. i feel inclined to leave those Herb Roberts if they are wild and it has come up naturally.

01/05/2013 at 10:33
01/05/2013 at 10:41

I like herb robert. it's an annual and easy to pull out if you don't want it, 

Prefer meadow buttercup to the creeping version though, 

The decision about whether something is a weed or not is entirely down to you. Some people love and keep all wild flowers, some hate the lot. 

 

01/05/2013 at 12:28

how invasive is this Herb Robert? im practically at the start of a very, very long road of trying to look after the garden a bit better. we have poorly drained, heavy clay, very acidic soil, and suffer from bits of moss, the usual dandelions, horse tail in summer ... a lot of this one weed that has small white flowers, but incredibly easy to pull out the ground. not sure what that one is but we get that a lot. also had some thistle, even some weird mushroom thing (orange-ish) in the shaded bit that gets no sun.

anyway, i digress ... point is, after suffering with these weeds for quite a while, and suffered many a backache trying to suppress them all - id rather eradicate the nastiest ones, but dont mind the less harmless ones. there's something kind of quite charming about seeing something grow by itself, but im more than happy to pull it out if its going to cause me problems!

01/05/2013 at 13:57

I'd lose the buttercup, it's perennial, spreads by runners and has to be dug up. Herb robert can just be pulled and it won't come back even if some stays behind

01/05/2013 at 14:16

The white flowered one sounds like bittercress djjjuk but hard to guess without a pic - easy to pull up or hoe. As nut says - buttercups are a pain. Horse tail is a nightmare to get rid of and smothering it is the best option. Dandelions have long roots so weedkiller if you don't mind using it and don't let thtem flower. There is a tool for removing them as well I think, or keep yanking them out as best you can.

Plenty of grit for your heavy clay is helpful to get better drainage. Preparation of poor soil is worthwhile-though tiring and frustrating- but it does pay off when you put plants in. Better than losing them to waterlogged/compacted ground and weeds!

01/05/2013 at 14:36

Thanks Fairygirl,

Im actually pleased to not provide a pic, as (for now!) i have deleted them all from every inch of my garden! i will await their return ... having looked on google for images for bittercress, i think you're definitely right that it's that.

dandelions, so far i have seen none flower. every one i have caught sight of whilst being out in the garden each night, i have pulled up using a weed fork, straight in the bin.its definitely much, much better than it has been previously. the whole grass area used to be covered in them, so much so it was barely grass. its deceiving as from a distance it all looks nice and green, i guess you can tell when the area stays flat or low to the ground ... i then know thats an area that needs looking at.

im really, really not looking forward to seeing the horsetail come back. the worst of the lot.

01/05/2013 at 16:48

I'd agree theer djjjuk, nothing, except possibly Japanese knotweed, is worse than horsetail. 

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