I think the first one is a Leucadendron.
I'm beginning to think I'm reading the Daily Mail!
"Know-it-alls can’t help themselves and chances are they like to put everyone straight. They feel they are doing you a favour (and sometimes they might be) by telling you how ’it is‘. So keep calm and, like water off a duck’s back, don’t take it as a personal affront. It’s not that they think you are stupid; it’s just that they don’t think much about you at all." - Mark Tyrell
What a lovely jar, did you paint the flowers on yourself or do they come like that?
I keep things like breadcrumbs, ground almonds, raisins etc. in jars like that.
How about a lilac, magnolia stellata, buddleia?
It looks more like a winter aconite to me. Did it have a yellow flower?
Ferns would be nice too.
You could try this, Rich B, it worked well in our pond which is twice as big as yours.
I wouldn't put too many fish in though, as their poo encourages algae.
Have you tried not watching? Could save you a bit of nerves!
Get out on the wrong side of the bed, FD? Or maybe should have gone to bed earlier!