What an amazing shape rising from the border! It’s Angelica sylvestris. Native from Europe and Asia, it’s a big annual, which can reach 2m high. It self-sows and grows very easily. The leaves can be use in salad or pastry.
In the Middle Ages, Angelica was rumoured to be magic: a cure for plague and rage. It’s name derives from a legend which says that an angel presented this plant to a monk.
Words and photographs by Martin