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Weed or not?!

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Alwaysrebooting Mon 22-Apr-19 17:33:06

Just that, really! Novice gardener who's just moved house. I relied on my late mum to tell me what to pull up and what to leave. Hopefully pics will attach. I ask because these things are flourishing in my garden-which probably confirms weed status! smile

sausagetown Mon 22-Apr-19 17:37:50

Is the second one rhubarb? Definitely not a weed! I love it.

I can't help with the first one, sorry, except to say that it is growing in my garden as a probable weed too!

Tarrarra Mon 22-Apr-19 17:42:43

First one definitely weed - I have lots of it! Second one not sure...

MaudAndOtherPoems Mon 22-Apr-19 17:58:12

First one is a weed (although they do say a weed is simply a plant growing in the wrong place) and I'm not convinced the second one is rhubarb so don't eat it!

Alwaysrebooting Mon 22-Apr-19 17:58:28

Thank you for repliessmilepoised with my gloves on ready to pull them up! I am not sure either about the second one-I would hate to waste a wee plant so will leave it for now and see what happens.

Honeywort Mon 22-Apr-19 18:01:30

I would say the second picture is a hollyhock

Knittedfairies Mon 22-Apr-19 18:01:54

I don't thunk that's rhubarb either...

Knittedfairies Mon 22-Apr-19 18:02:12

Thunk? think

BananaFace5 Mon 22-Apr-19 18:02:34

Could the second one be courgette?

I agree with a weed just being a plant in the wrong place. Dandelions are in the same family of plants as sunflowers and used to be eaten, now we get rid of them. Seems daft to have such a strict hierachy of plants based mostly on looks

ticketsonsalenow Mon 22-Apr-19 18:31:23

The first one is definitely a weed, but is growing right next to a nice acer, so try not to damage the roots of that.

Dunno about the second one.

WobblyLondoner Mon 22-Apr-19 19:31:11

I wonder about the second one being a hollyhock too but I'm not sure. Sorry! Maybe look up some photos online and see what you think. They (Hollyhocks) are lovely if that's what it is.

TerryWogansWilly Mon 22-Apr-19 19:35:35

Are the leaves a bit flat to be rhubarb?

TerryWogansWilly Mon 22-Apr-19 19:36:40

Whatever it is it doesn't look like any weed I can think of. I think you should leave it and see what happens.

LilyRed Tue 23-Apr-19 00:11:59

First one is one of the willowherb family,.

The second, if not alcea (hollyhock), also reminded me of one of the small leaved type of gunnera, and if it becomes vinous, then perhaps a member of the melon/courgette/curcubit family ...

Some plants are so much easier to identify when they are in front of you than others confused

Moodycoo Tue 23-Apr-19 00:44:13

Is the second one Tom thumbs/nasturtiums maybe?

PigeonofDoom Tue 23-Apr-19 07:59:32

The second one looks like butterbur/petasites.

PigeonofDoom Tue 23-Apr-19 08:01:06

And get rid of the first one (willowherb) before it flowers and scatters seed all over your garden, it’s a PITA. Easy to pull up though as it’s shallow rooted.

Alwaysrebooting Tue 23-Apr-19 12:23:04

Many thanks for all your advice. I'm very grateful. I guess it will be easier when we put our own plants in as we'll know what they are! There are some lovely existing ones, so somebody loved the garden before we took over. Looking forward to seeing what appears over the summer.x

Gatekeeper Tue 23-Apr-19 12:50:56


the one growing next to the acer is variant of willowherb

ppeatfruit Tue 23-Apr-19 19:06:00

I would say the first one is a campanula (pretty blue flowers) I have planted one and it looks just like it. Maybe transplant it because it's very close to your lovely acer.

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