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What plant or weed is this ?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:35

It can be an attractive space-filler in a border.  It's an annual so once it's seeded it will die, but of course it may self-sow around the place.

I think it often crops up in gardens via bird seed.

ID please

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:31

Yes, elder - are there any elderberry bushes in nearby hedgerows?  They self-seed easily - of course, they also travel courtesy of blackbirds and their droppings. 

Garden patches - advice

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:29

I wonder if it's the result of crane fly grubs eating the roots of the grass.  When the birds visit the garden, are they rooting around in the grass looking for grubs?

What plant or weed is this ?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:27

It looks to me like the Shoo Fly Plant - Nicandra physalodes

ID please

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:22

I agree that it's the common elder - looking at the new shoots, the leaves there are laying about on the soil surface and the look of the stem when you zoom in on it. 

I find the hemlock family have more finely cut leaves and they branch differently. .

A good intention goes wrong

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 13:50

Perhaps you're not old enough Steve, or you just don't get out much

Leaking birdbath

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 13:28
KEF wrote (see)

A forum friend recommended that I put a foil tray, turkey size, in my bird bath so each morning I can just throw the ice out and refill. Wonder if that would help as a temporary measure  

Do you think the birds would use something with such a shiny surface?


Posted: 25/01/2015 at 13:27

That looks like my Crown Prince squash with a can of red paint! 

Folks, do you remember that squash plant that appeared in my veg patch and produced one squash amongst the runner beans - we ate half of it last night, roasted with a curry - very good indeed - and a real freebie!

What plant or weed is this ?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 10:37

Could it be the Greater Willowherb ? - we had loads of it around the pond and the moat on the farm when we were children - it likes it damp - good for the Elephant Hawkmoth, but even then I'd hesitate to keep in in a normal-sized garden

Raspberry Canes

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 10:28

Keep them outside in a sheltered corner and plant in February.


Discussions started by Dovefromabove

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ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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