Carol, they may still flower this year in the next few weeks but I would leave them in the ground anyway as aquilegia don't do very well in pots in my experience. They send down a tap root so best left as they are. The foliage is attractive anyway and they are as tough as old boots.
Tragopogon porrifolius aka common salsify.
Max, I've been using it for several years both as a mulch and mixed into the soil when planting and have had no negative effects. In fact I put down a two inch layer over my raspberry patch last winter and they came through it fine. It is already well rotted when supplied; Most problems concerning manure use are due to using it 'raw' so to speak.
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Philippa, if you want to do some research, they are generally called "Trail" cameras. Be warned that there is a huge range of them available though!
I think it's insect damage, probably a sap-sucker of some kind which has moved on. Keep an eye out for more damge but I don't think it's anything to worry about.
Muddle-Up, you should use those old tiles to make garden features. Laid on edge into a bed of cement and levelled by tapping down with a plank they make very nice edges for garden paths. You can also drill holes in the corners and wire them together to make small planters.
Snails are the usual culprit.
Not something you want really. The seeds stick to clothes and fur and once they get spread it will keep popping-up for years to come. I would get rid before the seeds form.
If only, PP! The problem is with only one plant the only way to propagate it vegatively (very, very tricky) as it won't come true from seed. I'm just happy I have a different blue one other than the caerula!
One of the tree peonies opened:
I've been trying to cross the blue aquilegia caerula with mckana giants (which don't seem to have any blue):
for ages and finally got a result: