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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Part of my garden is laid with york stone slabs. When I first moved in, all the gaps between the stones were filled with a mortar of some sort. I removed that and ever since have been encouraging certain plants and discouraging others. 

All plants have arrived unaided, though I possibly introduced the second one. They have, with my unstinting support, by and large prevailed over the crabgrass. I feel I should finally get better acquainted with them and learn their names.

So far, the wisdom of the Harringay crowd is unbeaten. Sorry, to be asking again, but can anyone help with identifying any of these three?

The first is this tufty little fellow.

The second prefers it a bit shadier.

And here they're mingling (and have invited a bit of Alchemilla to join in, I see!)

The third plant is a grass.

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The second one looks like Soleirolia soleirolii (Baby's Tears). My paving gaps are full of it, but it tends to expand outwards and make big clumps.

Sorry, no idea about others.

Did the first plant ever flower? To me it looks like some kind of Dianthus, but until or unless it flowers, it's impossible to tell.

I believe Laurence is correct about the second one: I've known it as "Mind-your-own-business", and its Latin name used to be Helxine - apparently it can be quite invasive.

As for the third, any type of grass is anathema to me, despite its popularity among TV gardeners, so I'd grub it our and put it in the bin if that were my garden.

Thank you both. Baby's tears it is. One down.

If the first plant ever flowered, it will have been small and insignificant flowers that are easily missed. I'll keep an eye though and if I happen to notice it, I'll take a picture.

Sorry you find yourself unable to appreciate grasses, Jon. For me, I suppose the joy comes in part from the movement they add to a garden as they're ruffled by the gentlest passing breeze, but, perhaps more than that, is the very loud echo they offer of the natural world, the essence of which all gardeners are trying recreate in our own ways. When a graceful grass, like this one, has found its own way to my garden, the echo resonates all the more. 



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