Bulbs forum: Yellow flowered Weed bulb blooms

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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 21, 2012 12:10 PM CST
My yard is overrun with these. They are bulblets in clusters. Come up in the spring, flower and then gradually fade away. They bloom very early in the spring, usually March, no matter what the weather. I dig out bunches each year but they are really good at coming back. What are they?




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One of my neighbors has them all over their back lawn too.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Mar 23, 2012 12:35 PM CST
They look like a marsh marigold (caltha palustris)
around here they grow in wet areas, do you have wet ground?
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 23, 2012 12:40 PM CST
No, not really. Good drainage. These grow all over. I call them weeds because I have too many and they get in the gardenbeds were I don't want them. But the flowers are pretty. Low growing. I suppose they can be some sort of wildfowers.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 23, 2012 1:23 PM CST
They do look pretty even for a weed Smiling I am constantly pulling out the blooming oxalis in my little containers here Angry
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Apr 7, 2012 6:49 PM CST
I spent some time today digging the darn yellow flowered weeds out of my garden beds. And you can't just pull them, you have to use a trowel to lift them so that the little bunch of bublets gets pulled out. If you leave those bulblets they just come up again next year. I dig up bunches of these every spring and still I have plenty left and plenty come up each following spring.
Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Apr 7, 2012 7:30 PM CST
I think they are really pretty, Rita!
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Apr 7, 2012 7:58 PM CST
Well, they are pretty. But they choke out whatever is growing in a gardenbed if I just leave them be. Some places were they are not bothering anything I leave them alone. Garden areas I try to get them out of.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Apr 8, 2012 8:38 AM CST
I think they're pretty, too, but that darn foliage is so dense it pushes on it's neighbors.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Apr 8, 2012 5:09 PM CST
I pulled and dug out a leaf sized garbage bag full yesterday and filled up another leafed sized garbage bag today of my pretty yellow flowered weeds. I left them in the back woodsey area as they look really nice back there. Not to worry, in case anyone cares. They are not gone from my garden. Just leave one bublet break off inground and they come right back the following year. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling my eyes. If I didn't pull some each spring I would be absolutly over run with them.
Name: Dianne
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soilsandup
Apr 12, 2012 5:10 PM CST
ask over at the plant ID forum if you need a confirmation. They are really good at identifying plants.

ingek
May 12, 2013 1:17 PM CST
Check out this site:
http://gardeningandgardens.blogspot.com/2011/05/sweet-little...
You (and I) have an invasion of Fig Buttercup or Lesser Celendine (Ranunculus ficaria)

Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
May 12, 2013 1:26 PM CST
And I pull them out each spring but of course I don't get anywhere near them all. Leave even one bulblet and back they come. I actually do think they are pretty. I just don't want them to take over the entire garden.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
May 12, 2013 8:50 PM CST
I think Ingek is right .
They are a cute little spring flower, do the leaves stay all year or disappear.
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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
May 13, 2013 3:30 AM CST
I too have them in big areas of my garden, and I like their early blooms and the foliage that already comes up in winter giving nice green cover in bare areas of dormant plants. They are very tough and not affected at all by frost, I haven't noticed any adverse effects on neighbour plants and I let them grow; quickly after blooming the foliage dies off and gets taken away from sight by the plants coming out of dormancy. Smiling
Name: Patti
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bbrookrd
May 13, 2013 5:11 PM CST
I too think it is Ranuculus ficaria Auranitiacus and here is another guy with your same question. Patti
http://laquaker.blogspot.com/2011/03/homage-to-snow-drops-an...


On Falling in Love with a Weed at Pendle Hill:

A Letter to my Wife Kathleen

Dear One,

Today a flower caught my eye—a little yellow flower which grows everywhere here in Pendle Hill in the spring, and which I must have seen hundreds of times, but I’ve never paid any attention to it before. It’s the kind of flower you would have noticed and admired with the enthusiasm that I love so much in you. I can almost hear your “oohs” and “ahhs” of admiration.

As I sat outdoors with friends eating lunch, I looked out across the unkempt lawn and noticed that it was covered with little yellow flowers strewn about like clusters of stars.

“Does anyone know what these little yellow flowers are?” I asked.

“They’re buttercups,” someone said without much interest as she grazed on her salad.
“I’m pretty sure they’re not buttercups,” I replied. “Buttercups are round and when you put them under someone’s chin, you can tell if they like butter.”

The memory of buttercups brought smiles to both our faces, but still I wanted to know more about these yellow flowers with star-like petals and heart-shaped leaves. I asked again if anyone knew the flower’s name.
“It’s an invasive weed,” someone else said as if she were talking about an undesirable alien that had moved into the neighborhood. “We have to pull them up all the time in the garden. They’re a nuisance.”

“At least, they’re an attractive nuisance,” I replied.
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
May 14, 2013 12:46 AM CST
Beautiful!! thanks for sharing, Patti! Smiling

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