Nine foot high mystery plant
I have lived in Freshford for over 14 years and have never seen this flowering plant in my garden. It is over nine feet high which I suspect is due to it bolting. The first phot shows my largest Mamiya tripod (it can extnd to eleven feet high) set up to photograph the flowers.
Head of the plant photo below:
Close up of the leaves:
General view of the plant there is an apple tree close behind it:
Close up of the stem of the plant:
The plant has been flowering every day since before the beginning of July. Its flowers are blue and similar to a daisy:
When I first noticed this plant it was low growing with large leaves that were sort of convoluted similar to a lettuce and looked good enough to eat. I have since identified the plant and can confirm that it is edible - I'll disclose its name at a later date. I used this site to help me with the identification: Botanical Society of the British Isles
The plant is chicory, believe it or not.