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Lady's mantle Alchemillia mollis

GrajeanGrajean Posts: 353

My Lady's mantle has flowered but after heavy rain now lying soggy and battered, should I cut back and will it regrow this season?

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,499

    Yes, you can cut it nearly to ground level and it will soon reshoot image

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037

    But it will recover from being sodden. No need to cut back now. 

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  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 ManchesterPosts: 5,150

    I normally remove some of the larger, older leaves when they look tatty, and there's normally new growth underneath. A second flush of flowers are usually smaller than the first. I cut them for vases in the house, lovely with sweet peas image

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    Mine was flopping all over the path (which is now inviible and underneath this lot) so I just stamped it down flat.  Glyphosate when the sun comes as the roots are as tough as old boots and a sod to dig out.  Nice when it grows where you want it but a much hated weed when it grows where you don't.

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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,458

    @BobTheGardener

    I'm amazed that you would use Glyphosate on such a lovely plant as Alchemillia mollis.image

    I've had quite a few specimens of this plant in my garden for years and have never ever witnessed it growing where I don't want it to.

    And may I add --- once more --- that Glyphosate is a dangerous product which out to be (and hopefully will soon be) banned from our gardens?

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    It self seeds everywhere here, Papi Jo.  I only use glyphosate rarely (and very carefully) and only on pernicious weeds, which is what this plant is in my location.

    Last edited: 01 July 2017 13:41:40

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,460

    Glyphosate is relatively safe used in this context.

    But I must agree, Alchemilla is too lovely to glyphosate! Dig it up and send it to me!

    Last edited: 01 July 2017 14:15:17

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    If I could easily dig them out I would, Will! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,458

    I wrote "Glyphosate is a dangerous product which out to be (and hopefully will soon be) banned from our gardens?"

    Sorry, should read "that ought to be..."

    @Bob,

    This is strange, I have really never seen my alchemillas self-seeding in my garden. But of course I keep hoeing, scraping, grating etc. the soil to get rid of any weed or un-invited plant in my garden. Plus any bare soil is covered in mulch. To the point that I have to be careful NOT to hoe the soil around my echinaceae if I want to get some seedlings.image

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • BiljeBilje Posts: 670

    Just dealt with my floppy AM. I find the flowering stems are easily pulled away one at a time...this stops them self seeding although I've never found that to be a huge problem. I haven't cut back the leaves I'll,wait and see if they perk up a bit.

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