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I have purchased a new cottage and am new to cottage gardening, I have a few plants I don’t know how to look after/remove could anyone advise what plant this is and how I maintain it.

Sorry a bit of a novice😢




  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,957
    I think it's a willowherb and I strongly suggest pulling it out carefully or the seed will be everywhere  - it's a weed I'm afraid
    Try not to let the fluffy seeds blow around
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,724
    I agree ... that's a willowherb ... I'd put a bin bag over it before pulling it up ... try to keep those seeds contained.

    "One year's seeds = seven years' weeds."
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Thanks I will pull them out today.

    Also would you mind advising if I should cut these back  now or leave till later.

    Sorry I am struggling to find the answer in a book 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,974
    They're Papaver somniferum, Opium Poppies. They are annuals and are dead now. Shake the seed over the garden for more next year.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,957
    They're poppies (papaver somniferum) and I think they're the annual variety - i.e. they germinate from seed, flower then die all in the same year.
    The seed heads are probably still full of seed, you can sprinkle them around (or save them) and you'll have more next year
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Many thanks for the advice today 

    lastly I have a lot of these in the garden, I have attached a picture of one in good condition and one after it has blossomed, do I cut it to ground level or leave it??

    thanks in advance 
  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,116
    Hi Peter,
    It's acanthus mollis .... some info here..

    Bee x
    Bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey   
  • Thanks for your help Bee 👍

  • Peter 126Peter 126 Posts: 11

    could anyone identify the attached plant please?? 

    I have a be a few in the garden, just wondering how to look after it etc
  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 558
    Are the leaves as yellow as they look in the pictures. I thought it may be Phlox.
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