What's in my garden?


I am very new to gardening. In fact, I've just ventured in to my new garden for the first time!

As I started to tidy up the garden in attempt to rid it of all the weeds I came across a plant or weed (no idea!) that I want to get rid of. There's a couple of them, and as I started to remove one I noticed at the roots it has some soft oval shaped balls (that's my best description, sorry!) Can anyone help tell me what they are, if I should be cautious of them?







  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    It's bracken, you can dig it out and dispose of it. They do seed later in the year so get rid of it now. It's harmless but can be invasive.

  • Claire27Claire27 Posts: 3

    Thank you Dave, those little egg looking things scared me for a minute. I think I may need to toughen up a little! thanks image 

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Don't worry claire27, they won't hatch they are the new foliage for next year.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,247

    Are you sure that's bracken Dave? It look like a good garden fern to me. Dryopteris or Polystichum, I always get those to muddled. You need a third opinion here before you dump it Claire

  • Claire27Claire27 Posts: 3

    too late! i've already pulled them up image 

  • steephillsteephill Posts: 511

    Looks like a shield fern to me, dryopteris filix-mas maybe? Grows like a weed in my garden.

  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 6,183

    I looked too and wasn't convinced about Bracken but couldn't have named it.

    I seem to remember that there is a way of telling Bracken from Ferns but I just can't bring it to mind...........something to do with the way the fronds uncurl ?  Someone will know I'm sureimage

    I've got several ferns ( tho don't know all the names ) and I wouldn't be so quick to rip out............that one looks too fine cut for Brackenimage

  • lm189lm189 Posts: 6
    I thought it was a fern but like you I'm not overly experienced!
  • Stacey DochertyStacey Docherty Posts: 1,759

    I think thats a fern i have a ton of bracken in my garden ( which i leave in the woods) and it only tends to produce one stem at a time... My ferns look more like this.... I vote keep

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,247


    It's not bracken, I was just being polite when I asked 'are you sure?'

    Claire, on a forum it's best to wait for a few opinions before acting. 

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