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If it's the one on the right side of the top pic it looks a bit like a dock, but not really clear enough to see. They have deep roots.
Is it woody like a tree? It looks sort of fleshy to me. Did it have big leaves? It looks a bit like an exotic sort of plant like a canna. Can't you just dig it out if you don't want it? Making sure you get the roots out. Then rake the soil and re-sow. It's not a big area. It look about time to mow the grass on a high cut.
They are all hardy. I use bedding violas a lot. There won't be many flowers in winter but as soon as the weather is brighter they start coming and are a riot of colour in April/May before you want to plant summer bedding. I also like a smallish yellow and blue pansy called "Ultima Morpho", but I live in France so I don't know what they sell in England. I buy mine online as plug plants in autumn.
Here are some of mine.
Hello, is this the one you were thinking of?
Sorry, I just can't make out which plant you mean and the photos won't enlarge enough when clicked on.
I would have a rummage. Sometimes when potatoes are really happy they don't bother to flower. I'm harvesting mine now.
It's usually birds, or so I've found. Netting them is the answer. Birds always seem to eat fruit just before it's ripe enough for us.
Lesley, that's why Chris Beardshaw and Poldark are so great. You can watch them on TV without have to do their dirty washing!
Rained in the night. More weeding and dead heading to do.
Fairygirl, I would like to watch Mr. B on Beechgrove - how did you know? But it always seems to be on at inconvenient times, especially as French times are an hour ahead. Like Sunday when I'm in church.
Well done Baza