Posted: 13/02/2013 at 05:47
No. 1 Is one of the silver leafed lamium maculatums, probably 'roseum' (little pink flowers in summer, loved by the bees) - a pretty spreading plant used as groundcover in shady places. Just what I need for the dry shade under my trees. (note the hint of envy in my voice) Definitely not a weed - it does spread easily when it's happy, but it's easy to keep under control - just dig some up, pop in pots and give to your friends
The second is a snapdragon or antirrhinum - a pretty plant often used for summer bedding but it will self sow if happy. It's the flower that children (and some adults ) love to squeeze gently at the sides to make it open and close (hence the name Snap Dragon). It's a really useful nectar plant for Bumble bees - honey bees and smaller insects cannot open the flower as they're not heavy enough - and Bumble bees had a tough summer in last year's wet weather, so hopefully your little Snap Dragon flowers will bloom this year for them http://bumblebeeconservation.org/about-bees/
As for the third - I'm afraid the picture's not clear enough for me to identify it - don't know if others have any ideas?
It looks as if that garden was planted by someone who loved gardening - you lucky thing