Several years ago, my mum and I raised several plants of Oenothera odorata from seed.
This lovely plant has long disappeared from my mum’s garden, but returns every year in our borders, gently self-sowing to tiptoe softly around . I love its wiry dark red stems and buds, the elegant flowers that open a pale buttery colour and fade to apricot, and the sweet scent that gives rise to its name.
This year a new plant has sprung up in one of our borders which shows very different colouring: the flowers a rich clear lemon yellow, the stems and foliage a bright fresh green, with no hint of the red that suffuses my other plants. In fact, it looks strongly like the common evening primrose, Oenothera biennis. You can see the contrast in the later photographs.
I wonder fleetingly where this new arrival fits in the evening primrose family, I definitely prefer the softer tones and apricot/red colouring in my older plants. I suppose I should remove this one or at least its seedheads to avoid diluting future generations…
It’s a rather lovely visitor though.