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Mystery Veg
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mike.
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Earlier in the year I spotted some seedlings in the herb bed but they looked a bit like strawberry plants so I left them to grow. What appeared doesn't seem to be a strawberry though, certainly not one which I'd want to eat. Does anyone have any idea what it might be?

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strange burred seed head

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Sat 11-Jun-11
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Those  l inks aren't opening for me Mike, please check them?

I'll try that again!

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wave  Fine for me Mike. 

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Mike I think it is a wild flower called the wood aven.  If you do a google search, you will see pictures of them.

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It is a geum. Wood avens as Danuta says.

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I used to have 'Mrs Bradshaw' in my garden, she was so pretty.  I have some Nicotiana sprouting at the moment, Silvestris I believe, looking forward to that, it was a gift [several years ago] from a friend in Germany.  The opening up of the garden has allowed it to germinate from seeds that must have been cast about 5 years ago.

I'll try that again!

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Thanks for that - I just googled wood aven and it looks like the same stuff. I really need to buy some kind of wild plant identification book. As I get more serious with the gardening, it's going to be handy for me to be able to identify what turns up there...

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I can't open them either.  They hang.

Just look at his great ears flapping about.

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wave Mike,  I use the Collins Complete Guide to British Wild Flowers.  It is part of a series which I find excellent.  I also have the ones on Wildlife, Trees and Insects.  Got them as a set from a Book Club quite cheaply a while ago.  Lots of very clear photos and descriptions. I love them.

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I can't open them either, but geum does have similar leaves to a wild strawberry, however it's a pain in the a..e, it spreads and gets everywhere

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Terrier said:

I can't open them either, but geum does have similar leaves to a wild strawberry, however it's a pain in the a..e, it spreads and gets everywhere

Thanks for the warning - I'll dig it up tomorrow.

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I would- they spread...

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Earlier this week I ordered a couple of books from amazon - Richard Maybe's Food for Free and the Collins Gem wild flower book Danuta mentioned. The books have been quite handy already - so far I've identified Wild Mustard (which was part of the edible leaves and shoots mixture I got from Garden Organic) and Petty Spurge (which grows everywhere but seems to be 10 times worse this year).

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Yes, listen to Terrier and KateUK - Wood Avens, aka Herb Bennet, is one of the weeds from hell! Don't encourage it for goodness sake!

 

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