They are celandines, evil little so and so's.I have creeping buttercup too but in a bit of shrub border where it isnt too bad.Trouble with celandines is that they are also in a bit of lawn I fancy digging up to create extra growing space.Today I spent a bit of time carefully weeding them out round the rhubarb and in a space Id like to grow salads soon.I got no chance of getting rid of them out of all the garden plus they are welcome in the habitat bits anyway but do they spread by seed?
tiggy wrote:they are welcome in the habitat bits anyway but do they spread by seed?
They do of course spread by seed but that's not the problem when you are trying to get rid of them. The celandine is notoriously difficult to clear as they have small tubers attached to the roots, break one off or leave it in the soil and it will grow into a new plant.
Disclaimer: I almost certainly haven't a clue what I'm talking about.
How about glyphosate? to clear the area I would like to turn from a lawn into veg space.I would have just had a serious digging session but cant risk spreading celandines with the turf after it has rotted to compost.Pilewort,their common name is just about right ,they are a pain in the bum
Thanks for the info,I think I will be treating the celandine areas with roundup and repeating later as suggested before digging it all over April/May.Im planning on putting the tender stuff in this new west facing bed.There will still be plenty of the little yellow horrors in the habitat bits of the garden where they have to compete with a lot of other thuggy foliage.
The info on this site never fails to amaze me. A few days ago I noticed that something was running rampage in the corner of the garden where it's really damp and i've planted alder, irises, hostas, purple loosestrife etc. I was hoping it wasn't something going to give me grief in an area I thought I'd vaguely sorted (ie done enough to leave it to get on with it) I've been meaning to look the cheeky wee monkey up but this thread has saved me doing that - i've been invaded by celandine - which is great news cos in that part of the garden it's v welcome!!!
sorry to hear you've got it in the veggie plot tiggy - if its any consolation I've got creeping buttercup in mine, lol