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scott32scott32 Posts: 3


So I'm very new to gardening and I've spent a considerable amount of time and money trying to make a wild flower garden. Problem is, it doesn't matter how hard I try, my garden just gets covered in the same 2 weeds.  What are they and what do I do?  Thankyou in advance. 



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088

    1.  Looks like Cranesbill ... aka Herb Robert  ... pink flowers, aromatic leaves when crushed, seed heads look like a crane's head and beak.

    2. Mercurialis perennis ... aka  Dog's Mercury  ... green flowers ... often found in ancient woodlands. 

    Both are wild flowers. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,462

    The first one looks like Geranium robertianum, or Herb Robert, which is a wild flower and rather a pretty one. Butterflies love it. It does seed itself around, but the seedlings are easy to recognise and pull out if they are in the wrong place. 

    The second  one is  not one I know from my own garden, but best to get it out before it sets seed and makes the problem worse!

  • scott32scott32 Posts: 3

    But out of the insane amount of mixed seeds, why are they the only two that grow? 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088

    Sod's law ... image  They're the tough survivors of the group ......... what other seeds are in the mix and where are you sowing them?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • scott32scott32 Posts: 3

    Just a standard box of shade wildflower seed mix. If im not mistaken tho, there wasnt any of the above wildflowers mentioned on the box. I liberally spread the stuff everywhere to see what would grow..... The answer.... These 2. 

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530

    I once ate some annual mercury by mistake, it was very tasty.  20 minutes later, my lunch and I parted company.  I was all right afterwards.

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