A weed by name only
Yesterday morning on the dog walk I chanced upon this funny looking flower brightening the dreary and raw morning. It looks to be a weed but a bold one to bloom this late in the season. What could it hope would pollenate it now? It has a rather comical look, like it is wearing puffy pantaloons with a white collar sprouting where the waist should be. A gift.
Thanks to Annie in Austin the flower has been identified as probably: Silene latifolia and kindly supplied the following website.
From wikipedia: "Silene latifolia, or White Campion, is a flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae, native to most of Europe, western Asia and north Africa. It is a herbaceous annual, occasionally biennial or a short-lived perennial plant, growing to between 40-80 cm tall."
"It is naturalised in North America, being found in most of the United States, the greatest concentrations of the plant can be found in the north-central and northeastern sections of the country."