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B3B3 Posts: 21,475

As there are not many flowers about at the moment, I was thinking that it would be useful if members posted pictures of weedlings so that we could identify them early on.

Will get my camera out and post some of my extensive collection when it stops raining.

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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,475

    They're only weedlings if you don't want them. I encourage many of them in my garden. I have numbered them so that the more knowledgeable can correctly ID them!

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    1. Herb Robert - most people hate the smell, but I quite like it

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    2.Unidentified hardy geranium

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    3. aquilegia

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    4. Geum Urbanum invasive and disguises itself as a cultivated geum

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    5. purple toadflax - a great mixer

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    6. wild strawberry - invasive  and as tasty as a supermarket strawberry in December

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    7. valerian

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    8.wild primrose

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    9. looks like a big blue cornflower - can never remember the name

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    10. i think it's honeysuckle - wraps itself around everything

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    11. nigella

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    12 teasel - you can tell it from primroses by the spikes on the leaves

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    13. forget-me-not

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    14. verbena bonarensis

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    15. some sort of dandelion thing

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    16. fennel

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    17. oxalis 

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    18. buttercup

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    19. more  purple toadflax i think

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    20. a fern that grows out of walls - can't remember the name

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    21. another dandeliony thing

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,403

    Good idea B3 image

    Think you've got them all right ...

    20.  Hart's tongue fern - asplenium scolopendrium

    I've planted them down the shady side pathway alongside the house and now they're establishing themselves in the garden wall image

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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,475

    Phew!

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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,475

    Bumped this for person having trouble identifying weedlings

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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,475

    Garden noob

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  • WateryWatery Posts: 388

    I love your descriptions.  But aren't all cornflowers blue?   Do you mean a lighter blue?  I would see them as I drove past at 50 mph and liked them. 

    I like wild strawberries because they cover areas of poor soil.   Mine never taste good though (maybe because they are covering areas of poor soil and in shade.)

  • B3B3 Posts: 21,475

    Centaurea. The name just came to me!

    You get a wishy washy pink and a white cornflower cornflower, but I think some of the cultivated centaurea have more vibrant colours. The wild centaurea is deep blue.

    Last edited: 13 March 2017 23:40:39

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  • B3B3 Posts: 21,475
    @Tin pot. Couldn't make the link thing work but this might help with ID of some weedlings you might or might not want to encourage
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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,532
    A few years ago I got very excited because I'd got carrot seed to germinate for the first time ever, although I did wonder why some of them were so far out of line.  After giving them a week or two of TLC, during which they grew very fast, I was forced to admit to myself that I'd been cossetting purple fumitory.  I tried to transplant them into a flower border, but they didn't like it.  Beautiful foliage and pretty flowers, ditto its yellow-flowered cousin.
  • I don't think 7 is Valerian (Valeriana Officinalis), i have some valerian sown from seed in pots and their leaves aren't as smooth as your pic though I may be wrong as I lack the experience to know and I may be nurturing something other than Valerian... 

    I also have some chicory... 
    which looks similar to dandelion 

    Verbascum thapsus (Mullein)... 
    I thought it'd be hairier so I'm not sure if it is Mullein

    And Agrimony... 


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