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Hi can anyone ID these for me...hoping the leafy one isn't a weed as its come up everywhere, thank you!



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,174

    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.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,152

    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.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,152

    sweet william leggy but upright which mine are not now I've removed their supporting weedsimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Oooooo thank you, I moved to new house and as you can probably guess I have no clue what anything is ?

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    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! image

  • I'm new to gardening..what Do you mean as a edging this where you put it round the edge of flower bed? sorry for stupid question!

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    It is indeed. I have a particularly ugly cement block with broken falling off render image 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!! image 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.

  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,200

    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.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Me too pitter patter. Aforementioned neighbour doesn't like that either. She has no heart!! image

  • Thank you for the info I'm going to try doing that in my garden too...great tip! ?

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