Wild Flower Or Weed

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    Good morning all,this might seem a strange question from yours truly but what are the differences between a Wild flower and a weed,Mrs Woo seems intent on removing everything from the garden which she thinks is a weed,(she even used to remove my Love In the Mist until I wrote up a Woos peace treaty :heehee: but I disagree strongly,you see with the Bee numbers shrinking by the day here in the Garden of England,I want to leave as many flowering plants in as possible,such as these which I like:) sorry their name escapes me for the moment:)

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      We used to call them "Birds eyes".

      Cheers, Tony.
       
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        Thank you Silver Surfer:)
         
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        I know it as Speedwell Woo and consider it to be a weed. :)
         
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          A weed is bindweed. Everything else has its place:)
           
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            But bindweed is native! :snork:

            Yes these are everywhere they do well in dry spots.. nice plant which actually brightens the bare patches up where nothing else will grow.
             
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              Good point there Woo, as you say, our bees need all the help they can get at the moment.

              I do try to leave some wild flowers in amongst my borders. Some of these could be regarded as weeds, but to my mind they do add colour and diversity as well as being easy to grow and beneficial to insects.

              You have to be selective of course, but among those I've allowed to naturalise (within limits) are foxgloves, teasels, forget-me-nots, cowslips and poppies.
               
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                If like mine the natives have taken over and those special plants have to struggle to get space. I have to get on top of those and make room for those tender ones which I am trying to grow too.
                 
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                  Good morning all my friends many thanks for all your posts,they really are appreciated,I am going to leave them where they are(among the Roses)but will keep an eye on them:)
                   
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                    The only three "Weeds" that I don't tolerate in my borders are Couch grass and Creeping Buttercup, and Dandelion as they are very invasive given the chance. I let such things as Bittercress, Shepherds Purse, Oxalis, Gallant Soldier, Chick Weed, and Fat Hen grow in the cracks of the paths as they soften the hard stone. Nettles are allowed to grow in three or four areas where people won't get stung and they provide a good source of food for the various Caterpillars and Butterflies.:coffee:
                     
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                    • revin helen

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                      A weed is a plant that grows where you don't want it to. I find the blue of the speedwell and grape hyacinths contrasts well with the yellow of the primroses (another wild flower/weed) at this time of year, all of which are removed only when they get out of balance.
                       
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                      • Phil A

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                        I used to use them as pretend cabbages in the back of my Dinky land rover, taking them to a pretend market.

                        Think I was about 38 at the time.
                         
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                          I'm not too sure about that, as if that plant was a great Herbaceous Perennial or Shrub but in the wrong place I wouldn't call it a Weed by any means!!!.....I'd move it:heehee:
                           
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                            I don't like this phrase, it's only entered into gardening in recent years. Weeds are weeds in my book and as Armandii has pointed out you can't class all plants the same way.
                             
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