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01/09/2013 at 09:48

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http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/30345.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 Sorry the flash came on for the first pic, but at least it shows the root/stem formation a bit.  It isn't the same as the fat hen weed you all identified for me, but I have been watching it (them) in the hope they were going to be something nice and I suspect that they are not!

01/09/2013 at 09:58

Do the roots smell of cloves? If so, it's wood avens.

01/09/2013 at 10:05

or scrape it and see it you get orange juice for greater celandine

01/09/2013 at 10:39

Greater celandine it is then. Well done NC.  (Waterbutts I dug up a few acres of wood avens backalong, so I recognise that now!)   The roots look bizarrely like developing carrots and as if they'll be horrible to remove once they take hold.  I shall pull it all up from the beds today.  Presumably it is a pernicious and unhelpful weed which is impossible to eradicate and grows from the weeniest bit of tap root?

01/09/2013 at 10:53

No, greater celandine just seeds about, not a lot of trouble to get rid of but seeds must last for years in the soil and forever appearing

01/09/2013 at 12:04

Thank Goodness for that, I've just pulled out 2 trug loads but it comes up really easily (unlike all the other nasties I found en route)!  Anyone know how to get rid of holly seedlings without digging the whole bed up?

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