Yes, seed won't germinate dry. First stage of germination is taking in water
Should be posted to a fungi ID site if there are serious concerns.
There were fairies dancing round these but they're camera shy
I think the second may be one of the cultivars of Echium vulgare that's grown as an annual, Blue Bedder is one of them.
No doubt in my mind re the first, the native species Echium vulgare, Viper's Bugloss.
we agree iamweedy
my bamboo is very bendy, I think a clematis would weigh it down too far.
Maybe not all bamboos are as bendy as mine.
maybe it's Filipendula rubra, lots of cultivars to choose from.
no leaves, no size, no shape of plant, no flowering time, we don't want it too easy
It took me a couple of years to get that one KOG, pre internet and in none of my books.
no, you might get arrested.
Knock on the door and ask
I think that's Fraxinus angustifolia 'Raywood' aka Raywood's Ash
there are lots around the parkway plantings in Peterborough, lovely trees