ants are part of life. The trick is to learn to live with them and the rest of nature.
stop a moment and think what harm the numerous powders are doing to insects in you garden and to the birds that live on insects.
photos can be tricky here. Make them smaller for a start then work from the camera icon
if you've got a mix you'll get a mix, totally unpredictable what's in in.
which clematis is it?
I think that's Erigeron karvinskianus.
I don't think the bug mentioned is in the UK Lyn.
Stachys lanata, called Lambs Ears sometimes. Likes. it dry and sunny and the bees love it. It gets a bit straggly but you can cut the stems off when the flowers are over
the early bees nests are mostly over, My Tree Bumbles and Bombus terrestris nests are both finished.