Hi can anyone ID these for me...hoping the leafy one isn't a weed as its come up everywhere, thank you!
Hi there. The 'leafy' one is alchemilla mollis, it can spread but is easily controlled and a very pretty plant, and the flowery one looks like a leggy sweet william.
Alchemilla mollis, (Ladies mantle) and Sweet William
weed or not is just about whether or not you like it. Some will tell you it is a weed.
I don't know the difference.
sweet william leggy but upright which mine are not now I've removed their supporting weeds
Oooooo thank you, I moved to new house and as you can probably guess I have no clue what anything is ?
I love my Alchemilla and use it as an edging plant. It flowered for months on end last year so I dug up all the littling seedlings and now have them under the hedge where nothing else will grow. As nut says....depends whether you like it or not. My neighbour hates it and digs it all out!
I'm new to gardening..what Do you mean as a edging plant..is this where you put it round the edge of flower bed? sorry for stupid question!
It is indeed. I have a particularly ugly cement block with broken falling off render retaining wall round a bed and the alchemilla hides it well. It does seed all over the place but I don't mind because they fall on another ugly bit!! My garden isn't terribly formal, to say the least, so if a plant's happy where it lands I leave it there...up to a point.
The leaves are a lovely fresh colour and the tiny yellow flowers are like foam. Last year was the first time I'd had it in my garden and I was very impressed with how long the flowers lasted. I had a pair of nesting wrens nearby and the babies hid in it when they came out.
I know it's a cliché, but I really love the way water/dew drops look in the centre of the leaves. That's why I keep this plant.
Me too pitter patter. Aforementioned neighbour doesn't like that either. She has no heart!!
Thank you for the info I'm going to try doing that in my garden too...great tip! ?
Alchemilla mollis is indeed lovely, I have LOADS everywhere! It CAN get out of hand and start springing up all over the place. If you find it's babies ( and believe me, you will! ) they're easy enough to dig out and transplant somewhere where you DO want them to be, and it will settle in, given a quick drink, quite happily.
But if you wait for too long, it can be a backbreaker to shift, especially if, like me, you're not physically very fit!
Lovely, lovely old plant. Wouldn't be without it.