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Matt_Matt_ Posts: 44
Hello  :)

I received a handful of young hardy geraniums I'd ordered online a month or so ago. Most had recognisable small leaves but a couple just had the beginnings of shoots. One of those has now grown a few inches high and appears to be something completely different with frond-ish leaves. Any ideas what it might be?


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  • Matt_Matt_ Posts: 44
    No takers?  :D

    Anyway, another one. Got some of these popping up, leaves have a sort of spider web-like covering. Need to dig up the couch grass growing through from next door there anyway so can get these up at the same time if they're a weed.


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,246
    I think that's a weed but for the life of me can't think of the name right now - sorry. The first one has me stumped as well.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,356
    The ones at the front could be Centaurea montana. 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    Intrigued by that first one, Matt.  Are the geraniums you ordered all the same, or different varieties?  I've never seen one with leaves like that, but they do vary quite a lot.  The second one I think is cornflower,  Centaurea montana.  A charming wildflower to some, but in my garden it's a weed.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,356
    edited April 2020
    Weed!?  I paid good money for mine 🤣 😉 


    Ours are frequently visited by families of goldfinches for their seeds. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • B3B3 Posts: 21,462
    I love them, but so do the ant farmers😕
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Matt_Matt_ Posts: 44
    josusa47 said:
    Intrigued by that first one, Matt.  Are the geraniums you ordered all the same, or different varieties?  I've never seen one with leaves like that, but they do vary quite a lot.  The second one I think is cornflower,  Centaurea montana.  A charming wildflower to some, but in my garden it's a weed.
    They were all Geranium Orion, this is definitely something different. I'll post it again when it's a little larger.

    Centaurea Montana looks nice, I'll let a couple of them grow for now and see how they do. Thanks all.






  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    Weed!?  I paid good money for mine 🤣 😉 


    Ours are frequently visited by families of goldfinches for their seeds. 

    Wait until you find one in the wrong place and try to move it.

    I've given up trying to cater for goldfinches.  When I started feeding birds, someone said, "If you want goldfinches, you have to put out nyjer seed".  So I bought nyjer seed and a special feeder for it.  The goldfinches came, but never ate a single nyjer seed, only the sunflower mix that all the birds eat.  In the end, I Freecycled the nyjer and feeder.  Two years ago I sowed teasel thinking the goldfinches would like it.  Lots of lovely teasels, lots of lovely goldfinches, but they ignored each other.  Now I'm overrun with teasels.  Never again.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,356
    We’ve moved a few around this spring. Plenty of water and they’re fine. 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003
    @josusa47 I'm in the same boat as you, trying to attract finches I also grew teasel, constantly pulling it up.  Finches didn't bother with it either 
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