What's this popped up in my new bed?
I'm a long-time lurker on these forums, but this is my first post.
Before launching into a request for help, a brief intro...
I'm Ian, a mid-thirties father of three, who has in the last year or so discovered a mad passion for gardening! Since moving into a home with a couple of modest sized gardens (front and rear) 2 years ago, and completely ripping out all the patios (one laid atop another!), sheds built in the middle of the space on concrete bases half a metre deep(!) and digging out the roots of hugely overgrown hedges, I've levelled the garden and improved the soil by adding a dozen or so bulk bags and created a lovely lush lawn, which is now well-established and enjoying its first summer.
Landscaping done, I began to stock the borders. Initially thinking I'd just go to the garden centre and grab any old stuff that was on offer and looked nice, I swiftly discovered the world of wonder that is gardening and have been an avid reader of this forum ever since. There is barely a moment these days that I'm not pottering about in the garden, pruning this, dead-heading that, lifting, moving and dividing plants that would on reflection be better suited elsewhere, etc. If I'm not in the garden I'm thinking about it, or reading about gardening techniques or looking for inspiration and planning plant combinations for different areas...
You could say I am obsessed. Luckily my eldest (6 y/o) is equally interested in the wonder of nature, so we are learning together... enjoying our strawberries this year, and looking forward to harvesting our first ever crop of Charlotte Potatoes, currently swelling in their planting bags on the patio.
So; for anyone still reading(!)
Firstly; thank you for all the wisdom and insight you share so freely on these forums. It really does make all the difference to a keen but clueless beginner like me!
Secondly; I wonder if you could help me identify a plant which has appeared in my newly planted Herbaceous border? I am hopeful the collective wisdom of this wonderful forum can help me identify it, and decide whether to hoick it out, leave it, or lift and replant elsewhere?
There are a few of them dotted throughout the bed, I don't know whether birds have dropped seed, or if they have come from some homemade compost which I dug in before planting? they've certainly appeared from nowhere and grown quite rapidly - they don't appear anywhere else in the garden.
I've attached a couple of pictures here
Thanks in advance, and - now that I've broken cover - I hope to get to know some of you through contributions to other discussions within this great community!
I'll get some pics up on the "show us your garden" thread at the weekend.