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25/05/2014 at 19:54

I go on one little walking holiday and I get invaded ...

 It's about waist-high on me, which is fairly large.

My camera chose to focus on the far side of the flower spike, not the near side.

 Those flowers are only a few millimetres across.

Anyone know what this is, and whether I should be thrilled or just get rid of it, please?

25/05/2014 at 19:58

thrilled I think,looks like jasmine but not sure.

25/05/2014 at 20:01

Honesty, lunaria annua a weed, seeds like hell.

25/05/2014 at 20:07

Seed pods are totally the wrong shape for Honesty (which isn't a weed in this garden).

That's Jack by the Hedge aka Garlic Mustard , a tasty salad leaf for foragers and brilliant food plant for the caterpillars of the Orange-tip butterfly.

It'll die down soon and disappear until next spring 

25/05/2014 at 20:24

I agree with Dove. I've been pulling quite a lot of it out the hedge today.

25/05/2014 at 20:27

Yep, Alliaria petiolata, food for the orange tips larvae

25/05/2014 at 20:30

Thanks for the replies.

Doesn't look like either of my jasmines, beesianum or nudiflorum.

Close on the Honesty, but the flowers are too small and distributed differently.

Looks like it's Jack By The Hedge. Hrm. It's welcome in my garden, then, but why does it have to take root in the middle of the flower bed where it's got a foot depth of compost and no competition? Oh, yeah, that's why, isn't it? For the record, it seeds like crazy too. Turns out I've got hundreds of younger plants as well as the mature one(s) shown there. Well, it can have some space and breed butterflies for me, and maybe I'll try adding it to a meal some time. Thanks Dove!

25/05/2014 at 20:45

It has a mild mustardy flavour, a bit like nasturtium leaves - I like it in a sandwich with slices of salami

22/06/2014 at 14:12

Next unknown interloper ...

... well, intruder, anyway. It didn't exactly come loping in through the open gate.

 It just keeps growing!

22/06/2014 at 14:51

That's Scrophularia nodosa, figwort.

I was pleased to find some of those appearing when I cleared the jungle here. There are rather too many of them now

22/06/2014 at 15:39

I love figwort - the first wild plant I consciously learned to identify when I was a child - however, if you were going to offer me some Nut, I think I'll decline, thanks all the same - don't have the room for them here. 

22/06/2014 at 15:41

Which of my vast collection of weeds would you like as an alternative Dove

22/06/2014 at 15:43

Think I'm getting quite good at growing my own Nut 

22/06/2014 at 15:48

23/06/2014 at 09:47

Thanks again. Looks like it'll make good compost.

I'm going to need a lot of that. That dead space tot he left needs emptying of dead privet and refilling with ... umm ... ," perhaps?

12m tall.


Wow. This forum does NOT like commas and quotation marks in its URL links.

23/06/2014 at 10:01

That's not going to get that tall, only 1.5m or so. 

24/06/2014 at 16:52

The figwort? It's already 1.8m. The link the forum chewed up was to a magnolia. I saw a magnolia by a pond and liked it, so I looked for magnolias, and I foudn that one:

Magnolia Felix Jury ('JURmag2') (PBR)

Bred in New Zealand by leading Magnolia breeders, Felix and Mark Jury, 'Felix' is a stunning new form, which once it reaches 5 - 6 years in age, will produce its huge (up to 30cm across), bright pink flowers in early spring. Each flower is impressive in itself, but as they appear in good numbers, the overall effect is really spectacular. Relatively compact and upright in habit (more tree-like than shrubby) it makes a super addition to smaller gardens, where it will perform best in a sunny spot with protection from strong winds.

It sounds good, although it wouldn't be in full sun. The one by the pond is not in full sun except maybe for half an hour in mid-morning and looked healthy enough, but that one says it wants full sun. Maybe it'd cope in the shade and maybe it wouldn't ... and then I saw the "height and spread" thing.


The site says it makes "a super addition to smaller gardens." By the looks of that, a smaller garden would make a super addition to that plant.

I think a sweet box may be a better choice ... just in time for an army of caterpillars to invade and eat it.

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