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Big Fat embarassing!

arranmumarranmum Posts: 11

imageI've been trying to grow begonias from seed for 3 years and this year I finally thought I'd cracked it. Planted them up in baskets and thought, well that was worth all the work. However, as time went on, I realised something wasn't quite right, they were more like triffids! Sent pic to Thomson and Morgan ( where I got the seeds) and got a reply telling me it's a weed called Big Fat Hen and to get rid quickly before it seeds all over the garden! Oh well, try again next year! image  This is the culprit!



  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Hahahah, I shouldn't laugh but I once nurtured what I thought was a lovely geranium until the little triffid flowered then realised it was a buttercup image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,998


    That's certainly one of the Biggest Fat Hens I've ever seen - it would give my late Pa a giggle - we spent many many hours/days/weeks even, hoeing Fat Hen seedlings out of the sugar beet fields when I was much younger.

    Good luck with the begonias next year and let us know how you get on - maybe some progress reports with photos so we can spot any alien intruders at an early stage! image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • arranmumarranmum Posts: 11

    Lol, thanks girls, I don't feel so silly now! I don't even have that particular baddie in my garden, at least I didn't before!  I'll be watching carefully for any intruders, although if I can't see it at 3 feet high, I've not got much chance of seeing a seedling do I? Lol. I'll keep you updated on this years begonias/ weeds! I can only assume it arrived in the compost, so I won't be buying that brand again in a hurry, special offer or not! ?

  • arranmumarranmum Posts: 11

    Id never even heard of lol. I'd never even heard of it till I got the email!  I don't suppose it'll be the last time I make such a c*** up! Stand by........... Lol 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,214

    I remember someone here had potted up something 'precious'and carefully nurtured it. as time went on they realised it wasn't looking the way it should. She posted a pic and it also turned out be a buttercup. image

    She was very embarrassed, but we assured her that most of us had done something similar at some point. 

    I do remember telling her that  it was probably the most beautiful, well cared for buttercup in the country! image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • arranmumarranmum Posts: 11

    Haha, now I'm pretty sure I'd recognise a buttercup, since they're everywhere if I don't keep on top of them!  When I think of the time and fertiliser I wasted on these three beasties........?

  • arranmumarranmum Posts: 11

    By the way, I bet Thomson and Morgan are still laughing! 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,214

    I know what you mean about the time and trouble spent. Chalk it up to experience! image

    I hope they're not just laughing, and are compensating you though image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    I planted a hardy Geranium a couple of years ago and was so disappointed when I checked it's progress and it had died/disappered. It had been replaced by creeping buttercups of which I have gazillions. image I left it just in case...

    Yesterday I was admiring a full metre square of heavily flowering...Geranium! It happens the other way round too arranmum. As for my "salvia seedlings" that's a whole nuther matter. image

    Last edited: 24 July 2016 09:12:35

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    We moved into our first home, and I now had a garden! Off to Woolies I went, coming back with a pack of mixed seeds and a small bag of compost. I planted them carefully, and nurtured the two that came up, potting them on diligently. Then I had a visit from a friend, who marvelled at the 2 massive docks in plantpots on the windowsill...... image

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