Posted: 29/05/2013 at 21:11
Thankyou Nutcutlet, Fairygirl and Busy-Lizzie for your thoughts on my mystery plants.
Campanula does ring a bell with me (no pun intended) because we have had a lot of it over the years ever since we moved here. I remember my wife, who was the gardener, talking about it self seeding everywhere: she would have recognised it straight away. I now have to try to remember everything she taught me and I'm constantly unsure of stuff that's coming up now. I'm afraid of pulling out what she spent so much of her depleted energy putting in: her plants have all become a bit precious to me now.
I agree, Nutcutlet, that the first set seems much leafier up the stalk than the 2nd. And as I now try to remember what the campanula looked like in previous years I'm wondering whether they weren't much slimmer in the stalks than these (first pics) with a stem that seemed almost too tall and thin to support the weight? Or am I thinking of crocosmia? (A another memory coming back!)
As you all seem in agreement that the 2nd lot are weeds I'll have them out tomorrow. I thank you for that - its good to feel decisive again!
But I know I'll be back for some more identification advice. Thanks folks!