Could anyone tell me what these are please?
Aquilegia, Dog violet, one of the willowherbs. All are wild flowers which could be considered weeds, mainly because they are all masters of self-seeding themselves everywhere!
1 and 3 are weeds, but not sure which ones. Not sure about 2 - have some growing myself but the flowers look nice so I have left them.
Thank you! I've googled them and I think you're right Bob.
PS. I think they all look quite pretty so will keep them - don't tell anyone
I would keep the aquilegia, at least until it flowers and you know whether it's an attractive colour or not (some are a bit muddy-coloured).
I wuld keep the violets, whether or not they're a scented variety, just because they're so pretty and I picked bunches of them and put them in little jars on the school windowsill when I was a child.
Unless I had at least an acre of garden I would not keep the willowherb - the seed everywhere and take over everything - on the other hand, if yu do have a big garden they're fantastic food plants for some lovely moths.
Thanks for the tip Dove. My garden is tiny so I'll dig the willow herb up!
I'm also looking at the grass type plants in with the violets. I think it may be pendulous sedge, attractive but invasive and huge in maturity.
What do you think Dove, Bob and Jan?
I think you're right Nut - I think I'd take those violets out and transplant them somewhere so that I could get every last scrap of those sedge roots out
Aquilegia are pretty flowers. They do cross pollinate so wait and see what colours you get. And they will self-seed, so pull up what you don't want.
The violets are lovely this time of year, and I like the leaf shape too. I encourage them in my garden - they are so small and dainty anyway, and don't take up much space.
Yes, well spotted nut & I agree with dove - move violets and dig-out the sedge.
Thanks Nut, we have an enormous sedge in the front garden and I hate it - I always wondered what it was. They seem to be everywhere in our village and keep popping up all over the place.
Looks like I've got a busy weekend ahead of me