I bought a bunch of heirloom flower seeds this year...sewed them out in early spring like the directions said...but didn't label where they all were. Now I have quite a few seeds sprouting, and I'm not sure what are weeds and what are flowers. Does anyone know of a seed identification website where I can look at pictures to see if I'm growing weeds or flowers? I've searched, but have been unsuccessful.
Have a look at http://www.theseedsite.co.uk
But not all seedlings are on it.
If it's possible for you, take some pictures and give a list of what you sowed.
Heirloom flower seeds are for some people weeds.
Here are a couple of links that may be of limited help depending on which flowers you are looking for. First is the USDA image database of plants (mostly US natives, but also includes some cultivars and non-natives) http://plants.usda.gov/gallery.html
The USDA also has many pictures of seeds for those looking to ID unknown or unlabeled seeds.
Second, why not spend some time to learn weed ID so you know what to pull as well as what not to pull. http://www.weedalert.com
I know it's not hollyhock, because I planted those, and these look different. Here's an incomplete list of what I planted... I often will throw down seeds from a friends house, then forget about it! It's called A.D.D. gardening. :)
--Pimpernel 'gentian blue'
--Browallia blue lady
--Chinese foxglove (not digitalis)
--bells of ireland
I looked on theseedsite website, and the closest I could find was a geranium or mallow. I don't think I threw either of those down, but could have...never know.
Thanks for all your help!
Well, it's not:
Pimpernel 'gentian blue'
Browallia blue lady
Bells of ireland
I dont't know Chinese foxglove , but I googled it, and I think that's not the one.
Maybe this one just volunteered in your garden.
After eliminating most of those on your list, it could very well be one of the mallows that are weeds. In my part of the country, we have several weedy mallows. Check some of the weed ID sites and you may find a match.
I agree these do look like both hollyhock and mallow seedlings. But, our mallow weeds have a tougher leaf that is a bit darker green. The hollyhocks have a lighter green leaf with a more textured leaf. The plants have grown, so I'll go out and take another picture to see if anyone can further identify. I'll post it soon.
If we don't figure it out, I'll just wait until they flower! If they're ugly, I'll yank them out. :)
Hi Cassy with a "C'
It's a ground cover in an area of my boyfriends lawn. He has an acre of land, and it is near the back south west corner. We just mow over it where it is, and let it be. I remember my mom having it too, and when it went towards the flower beds, we pulled it. We always left some, but pulled what was going towards the flower beds. Plant files say it may be a noxious weed or invasive.
But then so is Dame's Rocket, and my boyfriend likes that one. And so is Butter and Eggs, and he likes that too.
But my Russel Lupine can be considered invastive and I love them.
The call is up to you. If it's not bothering anything, and you like it, leave it and keep an eye on it.