Posted: 13/05/2013 at 23:11
Thanks everybody for having a look at this for me. I've narrowed it down to going with Dovefromabove. From web photos I'm pretty sure it has to be Red Campion and I think I've realised how it has come to be where it shouldn't be.
Last year I thought I would go native and bought a range of Scottish Wildflower seed packets - but I had sown them in pots so that they would be separated from the more manageable domestic (if you like) plants and seedlings in the actual borders. Come October - having had more rain than anything else - the pots had little to show - some had nothing - so I assumed I'd left everything outside to get sodden and that the seeds would have come to nothing. So - I tipped out the compost from all of the pots all over the borders. Having noticed that it also looks like I have wild Scottish thistles a foot or so aware from this Red Campion - which has also come as a surprise - I think some seeds have obviously finally germinated - and no doubt there will be more surprises as the weeks go on. I had not thought this big robust clump could be Red Campion initially as being an idiot the only ones I'd seen in the wild (or from what I remembered from childhood) were quite dainty little things.
I think I'm likely now to get more unexpected things appearing. Ah well. I'm happy with it and conditions must suit it. Mystery is - there was a gorgeous orange geum in that spot this time last year which has totally disappeared. That's a little disappointment as it was stunning when in bloom alongside bluebells. So either this campion has swamped it completely - or the geum has gone walkabout!
Thanks everybody for your time. Appreciate it.