So these 'little' bad boys have popped up in my front garden and, whilst I know they are plants (tee hee!) I don't know what they are. Please can you help
Top one - Ceranthus ruber?
Bottom One - I need help too
Top is Centranthus ruber known as valerian. good for bees
Bottom is Alliaria petiolata, jack by the hedge, one of the food plants for orange tip butterflies.
garlic mustard or jack by the hedge
Valerian as in the stuff cat's go bonkers for as an alternative to catnip? Will have to look into getting some myself.
Second picture looks like a Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica). Carefully dig it out before the roots spread too far!
No, scott, leaves similar, flower nothing like.
On closer inspection I agree with the view that its jack by the hedge
Not a stinging nettle, very different flowers
Do you want to play 20 guesses where Jack by the hedge is growing?
Is it in the middle of the lawn Panda
That's right nut! You win
As it is food for butterflies I guess I'll leave it. There is a lot of it though, and it is self sown!
It does get a bit over-exited with seeding. It's a biennial so won't be invading by roots
You can see the eggs in one of the pics on this link, they lay them one at a time not in clusters like other butterflies, they eat each other if the get a chance
Guess that explains why I didn't see it last year then I do like the pretty white flowers though. Happy it's loved by butterflies.