Is this a weed? Will I regret killing it? How can I kill it?
I live in a rented house so we inherited the garden. There is an area full of trees, and under the trees is this.
I tried to dig up some of it a few weeks back, to get rid of the bits that were encroaching onto a flowerbed. It grows in clumps, and when you get down to it each clump comes from one big underground stalk. I've never managed to get down far enough to find roots. I suspect that it may be all one big plant, joined by these underground stalks, to some evil thing in the centre of the earth.
It has recently exploded in size and started making little blue flowers. It's about knee-height now.
It's a forget-me-not (variety of) and you can just pull it up - you need to keep on top of it throughout the season and try to get it before it sets seed, as it self-seeds everywhere. It really is a case of going out every couple of days and getting as much up as you can. Next year it'll come back but not so thickly. Same story. It's not a horrible plant - people do like it and want it in their gardens - but it gets out of control quite easily.
Borage (or possibly comfrey but pic looks more like borage). Spreads like anything, but important crop for your Pimms. You will never kill it completely so feel free to hack away at it to keep it in its place. And buy more Pimms.
Sorry I disagree I think it's green alkanet. Grows like a weed but is also quite pretty
If you've got loads I would just dig up what you can or maybe cut some back if you can't get at the roots. Any bits that keep coming, well it's not a disaster as it looks quite nice and is popular with bees
I don't necessarily want to get rid of it all, it's not as if I'm going to be able to do anything useful under the trees, I just don't want it to start getting too big for its boots and thinking it can invade Poland.
Dig, strim, pull, have a go at it any which way. But don't expect to get rid of it all, just keep it in check. We have it (and bluebells, and forget me knots) so are overrun with this sort of stuff. But we also seem to get lots of bees and butterflies and have no empty spaces