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What is this and should I dig it up?

didywdidyw Posts: 3,539
I planted a lavatera Barnsley, bought at the local GC, last autumn and noticed afterwards there was another plant growing alongside it. I didn't worry too much as lavatera is so vigorous.  But the other plant is very vigorous and I'm wondering if I should dig it all up, replant the lavatera and either get rid of or replant whatever this plant is.  I thought at first it might be a geranium but then I worried it might be greater celandine. It doesn't have orange sap, so it's not that.  Any help and advice welcome.

Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.

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  • RuthmshawRuthmshaw Posts: 45
    Buttercup? If you give the soil a good watering you should be able to pull it out without having to dig everything up.
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,334
    It looks like creeping buttercup to me but wait for confirmation😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,539
    Thanks but does creeping buttercup have orange sap?  This doesn't.

    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,334
    Mine hasn't.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,081
    You'll know pretty soon, they don't take long to start creeping
    Gardening on the edge of Exmoor, in Devon

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,539
    Oh dear - I think it is that!  Right - out with the spade tomorrow to dig out both the creeping buttercup and the lavatera and replant the lavatera.  Luckily it is still dormant.
    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,019
    Just water it well and then pull up the buttercup.   No need to dig up and disturb the lavatera.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 7,081
    They are very shallow rooted, as Obs says, water well, get your thumb right in under and pull it out. You don't need to dig up the shrub
    Gardening on the edge of Exmoor, in Devon

    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
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