the early bees nests are mostly over, My Tree Bumbles and Bombus terrestris nests are both finished.
no, it didn't, it's just a bee. It just feels like that when one is checking you out.
Don't take any notice, you won't be stung if you leave it alone.
Looks like a very fine Malva sylvestris to me
L nitida is a huge plant, you'd be forever reducing it.
Some of the euonymus can be relied upon to be a bit smaller
I hate the use of chemicals, including those considered 'not really' chemicals, like salt and vinegar.
Using them displays a self-centred, short-sighted attitude to other living creatures, ecosystems and our future
cut them back very hard in late winter, just a few inches above the ground,
Through the summer remove anything that goes in a direction you don't like
Alcea ficifolia, Fig-leaved Hollyhock
Might be willow from Peru Hosta. Did a google and came up with an aquatic plant related to Oenotheras.
look at Asclepias, common names are a minefield. Don't know which one the Monarch eats. Chiltern seeds used to do several species
Are there Monarchs on the loose in your area? whatever you grow they need to be out there to find it