This is the blue flowered Borage relative that I was talking about a month or two ago. I know what the pink flowered plant is but I'm still stumped as to the blue. What you cant see is the white spotting on the leaves which is spoiling my chances of identifying this one.
The pink flower is a columbine but a very old variety which is fully double, rounded petal pompom or pine cone Aquilegia (you can see a closer pic on the PDB under A vulgaris). Unlike the Barlows these have a very tight ball flower and between 5-16 tiers of petals.
Evert no it's not Pulmonaria the flowers are flat like Myosotis (Forget-Me-Not)
I also identified it as Pentaglottis sempervirens, so well done!!! Still worried about the white spots on the lower leaves which I believe are small glands, but it is as close an identification as I can get right now :)
Hmmm, I should have stuck to botanical names (practice what i preach LOL) as Pentaglottis sempervirens is what i was referring to as alkanet. It's a really pretty bright blue flower but can be invasive and difficult to get rid of. Lots of it around here in the hedgerows. I've never noticed the white spotting on the leaves that you mention Baa. Will have a closer look at the next one i see.
It was neglected for about 30 years and covered (I mean Sleeping Beauty's castle, lean out of the bedroom window to be able to clear a space to open the back door) in briars. When we cleared the garden 7 years ago the first things to poke through were these and Spanish Bluebells