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This rather pretty (?) weed is growing in one of my customer's gardens. Can anyone identify it please?

It has quite hairy stems and leaves and grows to about 15 inches tall. It is in flower now and the flowers are about an inch across .. perhaps a bit smaller




It is one of the Hawk Weeds and if you allow it to seed will colonise your garden at a rate of knots. Very pretty and loved by butterflies but not something for the garden unless you are into a serious wild garden look.

19 Aug, 2011


Its a Hawksweed, Hieraccium lanatum, i know it has fox tails.

19 Aug, 2011


And I call it fox and cubs. It's classed as a "noxious weed" in some states in the US.

19 Aug, 2011


Pretty as it is Beattie it can be a 'noxious weed' very invasive.

19 Aug, 2011


Thanks very much for the help.

I think it's lovely but it is invasive and it has also got into my customers's lawn where it positively thrives on being mowed weekly!

A selective herbicide would see it off but my customer is organic and lets everything (other than the lawn) do it's "thing"

Here are some photos of the garden which shows how lovely a relatively untended garden can be. The borders are full of weeds but there's lots of lovely stuff too.

19 Aug, 2011


Tried the link and it took so long to type it in I nearly lost the will to live! They it came back with an Oops - page not found so I give up.

20 Aug, 2011


If you put your cursor at the beginning of the text you want to copy and left click and hold down and move the cursor over the text you'll see it is highlighted in blue.

When you have got all the text you want to copy turned blue let go of the click button. ..the text will remain highlighted in blue .

Next click the edit button at the top left hand side of your computer screen( between file and View) and a drop down box will appear. Click copy.

Now you have the text you've copied in your computer's memory and you can copy it to anywhere you like.

In this case you want to put it where you were typing the thing out in long hand yesterday.

Just put the cursor in that box and click the edit button and then click paste and this will put all of the text there for you.

It sounds complicated but if you practice a few times it can be done in 3-5 seconds.

It's a very useful technique to know because using the highlight/edit/copy/edit /paste technique is fantastic for copying all sorts of stuff to put in places you want to keep it. eg files or word documents etc .

I tried the link and it works OK.

20 Aug, 2011


Well I followed your instructions Anchorman and it worked - horray - I'm not such a technophobe as I thought. Lovely gardens by the way and thank you.

20 Aug, 2011


Well done Cammomile. My instructions sounded complex to me and I wrote them!

20 Aug, 2011

How do I say thanks?

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