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29/03/2014 at 20:19

Could you let me know the name of this weed / plant.  It is everywhere round here.  I have a woody area at the end of the garden and it is taking over.  It is starting to smother the bluebells, primroses etc.  

I spent half an hour digging them out and have left a few for the wildlife.  How far should I go with taking them out, I've been clearing them out of the garden and happy to have some in the woodland, but it seems if you give them an inch...

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40933.jpg?width=204&height=350&mode=max

 Is this second image, the same plant, it doesn't seem to have spots on the leaves.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40934.jpg?width=204&height=350&mode=max

 Also in this final image, can anyone identify the frilly looking leaves.  The long narrow leaves are bluebells, just don't know what the other one is. 

Thank you for your help as ever. 

29/03/2014 at 20:20

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40935.jpg?width=204&height=350&mode=max

 oops forgot to put on the last image.

29/03/2014 at 20:22

at a guess ,borage ,with the little blue flowers .

29/03/2014 at 20:26

Alkanet

29/03/2014 at 20:26

I'd say green alkanet, Pentaglossis sempervirens. Deep rooted and a right b.....

http://wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flowers/A/Alkanet(Green)/Alkanet(Green).htm

 

29/03/2014 at 20:28

I don't think it's borage, they generally have fairly large flowers, I'll go for alkanet (Pentaglottis) too I think

29/03/2014 at 20:28

Whoops our comments crossed 

29/03/2014 at 20:29

Alkanet is a member of the borage family

29/03/2014 at 20:31

whoops, I thought rose meant borago officinalis, my bad 

29/03/2014 at 20:37

Alkanet, that's it, thank you.  Assume i am right just to keep digging it out. 

Any ideas on the frilly leaf on the 3rd photo ?

29/03/2014 at 20:40

I think it's one of the geraniums. It's name will come to me  (maybe)

29/03/2014 at 20:46
29/03/2014 at 21:00

Looks like a possible.  Will keep an eye on it and see what happens when it flowers. thank you nutcutlet

29/03/2014 at 21:05

Green Alkanet. Pentaglottis sempervirens.  Stems and leaves are covered with stif hairs, that can irritate the skin.  Fls. Flat blue five pets.  Borage  Borago officinalis.  The two are so often confused.  Borage has rich blue fls.  Pets, more pointed than Alkanet.  The centers really protrude giving what I call a dramatic challenging appearance.  Both seed freely and will take root anywhere.  Can be difficult to irradicate.  I have found that using a sharp dutch hoe or long bladed knife.  Slip the blade at an angle into the soil, cutting the rootsock.  Probably at some point fresh new growth will appear.  This is much easier to pull out.

30/03/2014 at 13:04

Is the third one the plant with the very cut leaf? if so I think it may be an aconite.

30/03/2014 at 19:08

I think no 3 is a cranesbill, you could try looking up meadow cranesbill?

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