Hi, I moved into a house last winter so I am discovering new plants (and weeds) in the garden these days. I am not sure what these are in the photo, which have been sprouting up in one patch. Can you help?
Thank you for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners with your gardening question.
At this point, I cannot say for certain as it is tricky to identify without the benefit of the flower. Since it is in a clump, I would suggest that it may have been intentionally planted by the former homeowner. In that case, it is most likely a hardy perennial such as Chinese lantern (Physalis alkekengi).
If you are interested in being sure, you can send us another picture once the flowers develop or, you can take a stalk with leaves to a respected nursery.
Good luck with your discoveries and best wishes for enjoying your new garden.