1) Geum urbanum (wood avens) - another weed you don't want to let seed.
2) Tree seedling, probably birch.
3 & 4) Possibly one of the nightshades if not something you have sown.
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Ivy leaved speedwell. One of my permanent 'friends' that doesn't know when it's time to go home!
The flowers can be quite pretty but don't let it seed as they blow everywhere (which is probably how it arrived!)
They are tender perennials Aym and will often come again after a mild winter. Some are very tender though and will only last the summer in this country (they are native to south Africa.)
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I would also pinch off the worst affected tips and this will also act as 'summer pruning' which will encourage more fruiting spurs to develop for the future.
No, you have a genetic variation there, aka a mutant.
The first one could be a primula of some kind.
I'm pretty sure those are fungus gnats (sciarid flies) and you generally only see them in pots indoors.
Have a look at this site for some ideas on control but they don't cause much damage other than to very small seedlings.
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Yep, commonly known a "Fox and cubs" and "Orange hawkweed". Spreads by runners just under the surface and by seed. Quite pretty but difficult to get rid once you have it. It's one of the few native flowers which are orange.
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Like lily beetles, the problem with (american) lupin aphid is that it's an introduced species so there are few if any natural predators. The ladybirds and blue tits around here gobble-up greenfly and other native aphids but they completely shun lupin aphid. I've even transferred ladybird lavae onto infected plants but they crawled off of the plants within minutes.