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I know those veins pansyface
I don't think they're harmful though the insect stage may bite. They breed in any water left around.
Not the most exciting life
I thought they were midge larvae. Those little ones that wriggle like an S are those the ones?
Mike's right about there being some temperamental primulas but cowslips don't give a lot of trouble. They're natives and used to our climate. What sort of soil have you got?
I use plant fairs mostly and a lot of packets of seeds.
Where are you allium?
Don't forget cyclamen, coum and hederifolium
Pulmonarias, solomons seal, aquilegias, woodruff, myrrhis odorata, Silene fimbriata, Arum italicum, hellebores, (but not niger) grow in dry shade for me
1.is Vinca major variegata
2 could be one of the spiraeas
3 I think is a variegated pittosporum
4. is Kerria japonica
Newts like a nice fat taddy as well.
If he's cut it back hard it should recover. Privet always recovers. There are times when I've regretted that but the goldfinches like to nest in it so that's OK