I've noticed that in the early spring as I start weeding I often find certain sprouts that I'm not sure what they are. Is it a weed, or is it something I want? The last few days of weeding and cleaning up, I've had to stop and think if I've planted any seeds in the area I'm working in. I planted bread seed poppies this year, but I don't know what those seedlings look like. I've only grown them once before and that was a long time ago. Then I have plants that self sow, some I didn't know did so until too late. Last spring I pulled up lots of what I thought were weeds, only to have my friend tell me about the great scabiosa seedlings she was finding her yard. I realized I had pulled almost all of them out. Many times I've just left certain unknowns to grow and wait to see what it looks like when it's got more leaves.
I have certain "weedlings" that I've learned like to disguise themselves as other plants. They sneakily grow in the middle of a plant hoping I'll not notice them.
Other times they are just too obvious, but get themselves in the crown of the plant making it hard for me to safely pull them out without disturbing the perennial they've made their home in.
How many times I've weeded something only to discover it wasn't a weed after all, I'll never know.
Anemone blanda - I don't want to think about how many I pulled up before I realized what I was doing!
Are these my 'Pantaloons' (campanula punctata)? I know they can self sow.
Love in a Mist (nigella)
Hellebore (helleborus orientalis)
Breadseed Poppy (papaver somniferum)
Thanks to Frances from Fairegarden for correctly identifying this!
Larkspur - Something I've been finding lots of!
I did manage to get the Bachelor Buttons 'Blue Boy' (centaurea) sown yesterday, and those seedlings I will recognize! Also planted was Everlasting Flower 'Strawberry Fields' (gomphrena globosa), those seedlings I won't know. Guess I'll have to do careful weeding in those parts of the garden.
After 10 years (I can't believe it's been that long!) of gardening in this yard I know most of the weeds that tend to grow in my garden. The "weedlings" I usually know, it's the seedlings that I don't always know.