Weed or Plant identification

Hi Everyone, This is my first post, So I hope I am doing it right.. Please could someone help my wife & I with this greenery.. Is it a plant or a weed?.. and what's it's name?.. We bought half a tonne of top soil from our local supplier / Builder's yard to put put around the outside edge of our lawn in the borders for our tortoises to eat the plants that we were to plant for them. I sieved the entire top soil and placed it in the borders, But within days this green weed or plant appeared. It seems to grow quick and there's loads of them. If I knew it's name, Then I will find out if these are ok for my tortoise's too eat.. If so, I may leave them in the borders.. Please find attached photo.. Thanks in Advance

 

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  • Hi again, I forgot to mention, That these appeared within days.. and I haven't planted anything into the top soil yet. So this is whatever came hidden in the top soil when we got it. Cheers

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,504

    Looks like a tree seedling but I can't ID which one.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thank you BobTheGardener I appreciate your help. I have attached 2 more photo's to show how many there are and that apart from these things, There is nothing in the newly sieved top soil.. Thanks for all help given.

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  • Hi again, My wife pulled a name out of the hat.. & thinks that it could be a  sycamore seedling, as they look similar..  But not quite... the shaped leaves are different.

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  • Its a weed I am always pulling them up.  Generally, if I didn't plant it, it's a weed.  I think you should follow this rule with your new topsoil!

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,504

    Good spot addict - would also explain the sheer number of them in the later photos.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Looks a bit like a Wood Anemone.  Let us see how it developes.

  • Shrinking VioletShrinking Violet Posts: 915

    When we bought in a lot of topsoil (cost a lot of money from Travis & Perkins) we had a lot of weeds, just like your photo.  I kept pulling them out and gradually got on top of the problem, but it was a real nuisance.  Incidentally, the topsoil was pretty poor in terms of nutrients, and after one season it needed a lot of extra compost etc.  Given the cost, I was rather disappointed in the quality. 

  • Thank you Everyone, For all of your valued help. I will have a look at Wood Anemone as Welshonion says it could be, & also Cow parsley as Addict suggests.. I was more worried just in case it may have been unsuitable for my 3 Tortoise's. If I find out that they are unsuitable for them, Then I will be busy taking all the top soil out and put it bit by bit in Oven or microwave to sterilize the soil...lol.  I Think Addict may be right by saying " Cow parsley "... looks very much like my photo's.. If anyone has a different suggestion, Then Please leave a post.Thanks everyone..

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