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What has nature decided I want here then?

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IvyLeagueUnderTheSea Sat 08-Apr-17 11:47:08

Mother Nature is very much the head gardener in my garden.
Last year she decided I wanted foxgloves in one border, and she was right! When they went to seed I made sure there was a liberal sprinkling of seeds.
This is what I now have growing.
What have I got?

timtam23 Sat 08-Apr-17 12:04:52

That could be a clump of rosebay willowherb (honesty), it has pretty flowers and lovely thin papery seedheads in autumn but it can also be viewed as an invasive weed

NamelessEnsign Sat 08-Apr-17 12:10:33

I don't know (but if timtam is correct it is nice to have a name for them).

But I have them seeding everywhere in my garden and just spent two hours weeding them out. I would get rid before they set seed. And I say this as a cottage garden/wildlife garden type!

JT05 Sat 08-Apr-17 12:52:59

I don't think rosebay willow herb and honesty are the same. It looks like rosebay willow herb, which have long spikes small flowered florets and fluffy seed heads. They are a general nuisance in a garden.
Honesty has more heart shaped leaves with jagged edges. The flowers can be purple or white. They are larger and also grow in a spiked fashion. A bit like wall flowers. Lovely seed heads. I welcome them in my garden.

IvyLeagueUnderTheSea Sat 08-Apr-17 13:25:10

Ah, now I did have an Honesty in that border too so it could be.

gettinfedduppathis Sat 08-Apr-17 17:04:30

I think it's rosebay willowherb as well. It definitely isn't Honesty - just been to look at mine (which has just opened its flowers today) and the leaves are completely different.

IvyLeagueUnderTheSea Sat 08-Apr-17 17:32:57

Well rosebay willow herb is food for the elephant hawk moth so I will keep some of it at least. The caterpillars are beautiful.

timtam23 Sat 08-Apr-17 22:17:55

Ooops sorry I'm getting my green leafy plants muddled up! At least i was probably right with the rosebay willowherb! Honesty seedheads are beautiful so if you have some of those plants as well, it would be a bonus!

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