Identify please.

Self seeded lovely perennial. 12 - 18 inches high. Bright green leaves spaced up stem at intevals. Pale pinky mauve flowers slightly scented. Looks rather like a geranium. I'm told it's a weed but is far too nice to remove and I now have a lovely big patch! I have a photo but don't know how to upload?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,043

    Hi ann, To upload, click on the tree in the toolbar and work from there.

    Don't try and upload an enormous picture file or it will crash/take ages. It doesn't work from phones

  • Oh, thank you for that. Unfortunately I only have a picture on my android phone.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,788

    Can you email it to yourself and then save it on a laptop or pc and upload it from there?

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • It may be Patsy, it's very like one. But is it likely to have been bought in via a bird? I've never grown phlox and the first plant appeared as one stem rooted into the base of our front gate pier

    It slowly multiplied over 4 - 5 yrs when I decided to pull it out and relocate into the back garden. It still came up again the following year though, still in it's original place!
  • Thank you Dovefromabove, I will have a go - I'm not much good with technology ( too old!!). image
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,095

    Rose bay willowherb??? comes in on the wind.

      difficult to tell without a picture.image

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,043


    well done

    I thinks that's Saponaria officinalis, soapwort. Possibly a cultivated variety with semi double flowers

  • Hooray, I've done it!! F
    Definitely not Rose bay willowherb.

  • Thank you so much Nutcutlet!!  Is it a wildflower? I just love it and pick vasefulls.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,043

    Hi Ann, a wildflower, yes. I think it was used to make soap in former times. 

    I've got some growing where I don't want it, coming up through one of those yellow euonymus(es), but I can't get it started where I do want it

    I don't like yellow leaves and pink flowers together

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,788

    It can be very invasive - I keep a strict weeding regime at the foot of the fence separating our garden from next doors image

    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • Pete8Pete8 Posts: 2,834

    what a lovely flower. I'll be adding that to the list.

    Some of the wild flowers that abound this time of year look so lovely in drifts. Just got back from a very wet 4 mile dog-walk. Came across a swathe of rosebay willowherb in full seed  - looked like a cloud dotted with rosy flowers. Then saw a lovely little pure white patch of achillea standing upright in the rain - my cultivars are all mixed into the mud thanks to the heavy rain all day, so I'll be after some seed from that in a few weeks.

    Also came across a well-laden wild damson - delish!


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    Because if you do it today and you like it - you can do it again tomorrow.
  • I think it's lovely to include some wildflowers in the garden. Mine I is strictly wildlife friendly so it helps to boost the variety of plants for bees, butterflies and many insects that abound here in Hampshire. My patch of soapwort fills a bed under an apple tree and looks beautiful.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,043

    I'll have another go at transplanting mine to where I want it this winter. I think it's a lovely flower

  • BizzieBBizzieB Posts: 885

    You're both so lucky to have soapwort. I get Jack- by-the-hedge, white and red deadnettle and a tall slender wild one with small yellow flowers are regulars in my garden. They weave under and through the shrubbery coming and going at will image  not  complaining, lovely. 

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    I agree with Dove, I have it and it comes up everywhere and is almost impossible to get rid of, it has creeping roots and self-seeds too. Mine get a regular dose of glyphosate but it doesn't seem to stop them. Definitely a thug!image

  • I suppose it's a matter.of personal taste when deciding what to allow a home in one's garden. Personally my only real dislikes are dandelions, creeping buttercup, bondweed, brambles and nettles. They are nigh on impossible to get rid of unless you resort to weedkiller, which i won't use as I try to give wildlife a haven

    Having said that, the bonus is a magnificent crop of huge juicy blackberries this year (even one or two brambles in the soapwort bed! I also leave 3 patches of nettles near the buddlias (8 of) for butterfly use.

    Our garden backs on to farmland so lots of weeds blow in - I do consider them as pptential thugs. Conclusion - garden with nature when you can, there is nothing more pleasurable than sharing the garden with Mother Nature.!
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,043

    It's all about taste and style of gardening isn't it?

    I love to have the wild plants and the wildlife that goes with them.

    I was in a GC on Sunday and watched what people were buying, lot sof which I wouldn't consider for my garden

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