It looks lovely from inside my house.
It looks pretty good from the outside too.
It has grown so tall, it's higher than the eaves. Parts of it are dying and crumbling to be dry bits on the ground. Other parts just grow greener and higher.
What's left are piles of dead fennel leaves and clumps of root. Unless we dig it up, new fennel will grow from these clumps. What I thought was so pretty: those feathery leaves, the lacy yellow flowers, and the sweet smell, has now become a fire hazard growing right next to my house. I'm sorry I let it grow. The yard has room for it elsewhere.
I'll miss looking at it out the window. I'll miss the smell. But it just has to go.
I have both anise and fennel in my yard. I just looked up the difference between anise and fennel and if I can go by the yellow flowers, I have fennel.
I noticed some time back that I have two similar plants growing. One has white flowers and the other yellow. The seed pods are different too. I thought this was anise, but according to the web it's fennel. That means the leafy stuff I have in the front yard is anise. Same yard, different plants.
Well, I know for sure that I had better cut it down, but maybe I'll also dig up a clump and see if I have roots or bulbs in the ground.