These two plants are taking over my garden - any ideas what they are and whether I should pull them?! I'm a very novice gardener! Thanks
well...the first one looks like Geranium 'Cambridge' and the second a Brunnera.... both plants are amongst my very favourite, I use the Geranium extensively here...you can always pull bits up if you want.... but these are really very good plants to have... perhaps in smaller doses for you...?
The first is cranesbill (the seedheads will show you where the name came from) - geranium robertianum
the second is green alkanet - pentaglottis sempervirens - both are sometimes regarded as weeds but sometimes as wanted plants.
Both will spread like mad - if they're where you don't want them I suggest pulling them up before the flowers turn to seed.
I think the top one is a member of the geranium family Katvet, I have lots of it in my garden too - there are areas where it is quite pretty - others where it is just not wanted. It pulls up easily though. I don't know what the blue one is, it looks very pretty but that's not to say it is welcome to take over. You will definitely get an Id on both from some of the more experienced members - I just get over excited if I recognise something.
OOps I took so long typing - I thought for once I was going to be first to reply
..lol...I always get it wrong... well, Brunnera is much nicer, if you get that...
I definitely agree that Brunnera is much nicer
Having put my specs on I can see that the leaves of the first one aren't quite right for Herb Robert - cranesbill, but it's something like it.
I thought the first one was Parsley and the 2nd some kind of Borage
The top one has very shiny leaves, I reckon that's Geranium lucidum. It's an annual, seeds madly but pulls out OK. If you grow it fairly hard it finishes with fantastic red leaves.
and green alkanet as stated
I can never enlarge any of the pics.......probably need a new computer
If the top one has shiny leaves and grows in fairly damp shady spots, is it what I know as Toadflax.? Can't think of the proper name offhand.
Not Toadflax. The common name is Shining Cranesbill.