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It looks like mildew, not enough water
Looks like sunflower, are the leaves bristly?
Kirsten there is a natural skincare company based in the Elgin area called Mary Jean and they make a body lotion called Highland Midge Lotion which is supposed to repel the little biters.
Some chillies are round rather than pointed, could you post a photo?
Yes that is a pear, you must have seen them in the shops!
Train it up a cane
If you've had no rain, it shouldn't be blight as that needs high humidity, just try not to get the leaves wet when watering
I got mine as an offer, but didn't realise quite how big it would grow, I'm glad I dug it out after just a couple of years as it was hard enough already
You need something like on the link http://www.bigplantnursery.co.uk/Bamboo_root_barrier.html
Rockeries are usually a mix of soil/compost and lots of grit making it very free draining. Are you sure the previous owner hasn't cemented the rocks in? You never know!