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?
Yes, you can cut it nearly to ground level and it will soon reshoot
But it will recover from being sodden. No need to cut back now.
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
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.
I'm amazed that you would use Glyphosate on such a lovely plant as Alchemillia mollis.
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?
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.
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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!
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If I could easily dig them out I would, Will!
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..."
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.
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.