The first picture is of plants/weeds that started coming up in early March. They seem to have grown too slowly to be weeds and only now that some of them are 3 feet tall do they have flower buds on. However if they ARE weeds, maybe I should dig them up pronto.
The next picture is something I DID plant myself - bought for next to nothing and with no label, so a stupid thing to do if you don't know much about gardening! Have I infested myself with golden rod or something else nasty? They are doing nothing except being green and getting taller as yet.
Any and all advice greatly appreciated, as ever.