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Loos like an Achillea. When it flowers you should post again and hopefully someone will know the variety.
Sorry, maybe I'm the idiot - you bought a pair of secateurs and then realised that you had purchased 4 pairs not 2 pairs ?!
Fairygirl I have seen only 1 ladybird this year. (Essex) Very different from last few years.
Yes, tree bees. It is common for them to use a bird box. I had them under some roof tiles above my front door a few years ago. They will move on and then you will be able to clear out the box for hopefully a different resident next year. Mine moved out toward the end of summer as I recall.
Did you pop them? Chances are they are the granulated fertilizer capsules from the compost and not eggs. Usually by popping one you will find they are dry and empty. Nothing to worry about.
IMO all the other gadgets are a waste of money. Your dad has the answer - expensive ( for a ready made one) - Contech waterscarecrow is the one I have and it has more than paid for itself over the years. Attaches to hosepipe and works 24/7. Easy to move to protect seedlings, crops etc. I originally bought it to stop foxes fouling my patio - it has done this and much more. Adjustable so it doesn't affect the birds....can't recommend it highly enough - all reviews on amazon recommend that you don't go for cheaper alternatives as they too are a waste of money or maybe your dad could make you one.
50g of barley straw per 1m square of surface area of your pond - no matter what the depth. It will take a few weeks to start to work but will then continue working for months. When you are topping up your little pond, do not use tap water as you are just introducing more chemicals/nutrients into your mix. Top up with rain water only.
They are slow growing plants. You can check to see if the plant is root bound in which case you could move it into a larger pot. Also you could scrape off the top couple of inches of compost and replace it with fresh. I usually feed mine in spring with a handful of chicken manure pellets mixed in to the top of the pot.
Also known as Heavenly bamboo though no relation to bamboo at all. Good feng shui to site it at an entrance gate or door as you have!
I have a pond and created a sheltered seating area near it with lots of the above mentioned flowers and more and the butterfles seem to favour this area. At the moment I have buddleia globosa in flower and today there were lots of bees on it but no butterflies - again the day was too windy and cold for butterflies to be about. Wimbledon starts tomorrow so the next fortnoght will probably be no better....