two plant ids

two plant ids

I was doing some volunteer work at a Beatrix Ferrand garden last weekend, and my brain was FRIED when I got to these two I was just clueless... plant #1 stretptocarpus plant #2 Japanese anemone and I had a not so little visitor watching as I was working... Melanoplus dawsoni - Dawson's Grasshopper and a surprise! I've never seem a Sibine stimulea in these parts...!! any ideas? I'm in the NW corner of Connecticut, USA (border of zone 5,6), the garden is near my home updated with identifications!! thanks!
To-MAY-to.

To-MAY-to.

sunflower troubles

sunflower troubles

Photos of the Garden…

Photos of the Garden…

Plum tree with flowers…

Plum tree with flowers…

A bright yellow room!

A bright yellow room!

past bedroomy things

past bedroomy things