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DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,829

I was telling Nut yesterday about this plant that has appeared in the garden - it appeared last year and possibly the year before, but in an area which was meant to be lawn, so got mowed.  

This year the lawn is no longer there, it's now the little wilderness behind the new pond and the plant has appeared again.

Feathery carrot-like foliage but softer, and growth like an umbellifer but not one I recognise - round stem.  We've marshes nearby so I did wonder about Water Dropwort, but I think the leaves are too finely divided for that.

The gardener-before-last at this address seems to have been a 'proper gardener' so it might be an interesting cultivated plant - or it might be from wild bird seed - or ............... anyone got any ideas? 

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Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,412

    Good morning Dove. I can't remember if we discussed smell to the leaves. If we did I've forgotten the answerimage

     



    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..something rather carrot like about it..lol.... regardless..I think your little pond is lovely..charming...with those rocks and pebbles, and other features...looks very nature friendly...

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,829

    Thanks Salino image  

    Nut, I don't think we did - I've just been and picked a leaf and had a good sniff - nothing other than a very faint cow-parsley type smell.


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 3,502

    Are the leaves like a fools parsley (aethusa cynapium)?

    I don't know the plant, I was just flicking through my weed book...

    Wearside, England.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,829

    I've looked at Fool's parsley online and in my Keble Martin - doesn't look quite right - I've taken a close up of a leaf - what do you think?

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     Although the main stem is cylindrical, the leaf stems have the groove on the upper surface like Cow parsley. 

    Sorry, it's a bit dark - I didn't use flash in case the white paper flared.  If you want one with flash let me know.


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    I know it won't be, but leaves remind me of some types of parsley and stalk a bit fennel like image

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 3,502

    What about Salino's suggestion? Wild carrot? Or was that where the stems were different?

    I love a good weed mystery. I've got a few I'm cultivating at the mo just to see what they turn into...I know I could ask you guys and find out in a second but it's also fun to watch them...isn't it??image image

    Wearside, England.
  • hog ladyhog lady Posts: 1

    Is it Hemlock? The leaf looks very similar.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,829

    They look similar but not the same to me , they seem more finely divided and   and there's no mauve blotches on the stems image


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,412

    you're right Dove hemlock and wild carrot are more finely divided as well as those red blotches on the hemlock stems. 

    The leaves look quire shiny compare to some.

    It's not necessarily a weed. Other umbellifers have become quite 'in'. Ammi etc 

    not suggesting that's what it is, I don't think it is.



    In the sticks near Peterborough
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