If only I knew what it was? I saw one ages ago and have tried to find out its name, then I came across this image...
Any ideas please?
Knautia macedonica? Looks like a scabious but reddish purple?
Looks like one of the Knautias LF. Pic is a bit blurry when I enlarge but that would be my guess
Must be right then Fairy. Should we mention the mildew?
Rarely suffer from it here to be honest...too fracking wet in these here parts!
Perhaps LF has it wet as well.
Is it a particularly rainy part of the country where you are LF?
Scabious always do well here too, and they can also get very mildewy - same family though.
My soil falls short of good and nutritious, it's gradually getting better though