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Everything has its place, soil and climate just right. Sometimes hard to achieve in a garden
Your prickly one might be Argemone grandiflora.
I've never grown R. coulteri, I've seen it in various gardens and it's never looked that great, though in photos it looks lovely.
Looks like Romneya coulteri. A few more leaves would help ID, should have 4 petals
Don't let them hold up business Verdun. We had a blackbird in the mower shed last year and she coped with all the coming and going, including the ride-on mower being started up right underneath the nest
re the middle pic, I've been and looked. The blossom is all Pryus, It's cut back on the sides so we can get by but branches are overhead
They're carting nesting materials to somewhere and showing off a lot
It would have been more worth it if I'd labelled them up in the first place Jerry
There are lots of gaps, things long gone, I was even less organised when I started.
Don't panic. Not Teucrium germander, T.fruticans, a very different plant
Take no notice of the RHS calling it tree germander, they should know better. The plants is called Teucrium fruticans.
Sorry yours are a bit depressed. Mine are sad at times. they're not out as far as that this year yet. I'm on a mission to label up all the thousands of pics in the files and got stuck at this one