Posted: 24/06/2014 at 00:33
Thanks for the responses everybody. I've only ever had two foxgloves and had to dig them out a couple of years ago - never self-seeded either. I have lungworts elsewhere - but not with foliage like these. fidgetbones - the blue flowers you see are what remain of my aubretia from Spring which were all along this border and these seedlings completely took over and smothered them. I let them carry on as I'm curious to see what they are.
Not sure about campion as I have several pink campion in other parts of the garden which are vigorous and I didn't want any anywhere else - could be wrong, but from memory I'm thinking I wouldn't have sown any more campion seeds as I have enough plants as it is. BUT - it's always a possibility I was so fed up at the time that I might have dispersed campion.
There is the possibility it could have been a packet of wild flower seeds - and if it was it would seem that only one dominant type of flower has come up. I keep thinking calendula - but again, it's something I might not have wanted many of.
The only other thing I remember having left in seed packets was Emilia Irish Poet - but I can't remember what their seedlings looked like at this stage as I pull them out each year and can't picture what the starting foliage looked like.
It's maddening in an amusing way as I keep thinking I should absolutely know what these are. Here's a slightly different pic angle - but probably doesn't help at all. There is no smell of any kind if you crush the leaves so no clue of any kind there.
I shall just have to wait and see. If they are campion, I will laugh myself squint at so many and having to do something with them. I already have pinks and whites and was pulling them up where I had deliberately put them as they grew and spread too much.
They might be an absolute stinking nasty weed - so perhaps in a month's time there will be a pic of me looking all in and dramatically despairing trying to get rid of them all!
FIDGETBONES: I've just done web search and they DO look like blasted campion. I had thought not as my mature ones are hairy and I can't recall them before they were hairy. I think you may be absolutely right. Oh blast!