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Well 18c today and the sun is still shining just been in the rear garden and taken these flowers coming at last. First meconopsis getting ready.
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If I had sown the seeds earlier, I might have one of these meconopsis this year! They are out of this world and I can only salivate!

Despite all the heavy rain bands swinging over us like yoyo in weather reports, the fact is that there has been very little rain. Ominous looks and yet not even 1/3 of a butt materialised.

And now Zenj pinched my warmth! 18c in Newcastle and I had 12c. Well, if you have to put up with all that rain and cold, you deserved that bit of glorious sunshine.

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Good weather is AROUND the corner and I'm pretty sure that there would be no rain today.

I divided the comfrey into 6 plants plus. Some will go to the allotment; the basil into 16 plants (some with 2 plants)). Sowed some more Apricot Lemonade cosmos. Watched Australian gardening and saw this lady planted herbs and this reminded me of Carol Klein's herb session. Then somehow I woke up to Carol Klein going into a wishy washy garden (tons of nondescript grasses and no centre piece and she acted all excited, which precusored a lot of flowery description. I quickly switched to watching C4 news! Nothing compares to C4 news!

Contrary to what they say, you can actually grow Salvia Night Moth from seeds and I have managed to germinated all 3 of my last year's seeds, but collecting them is nothing short of a feat. They fall down to the dirt in no time.
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Cee Jay or Jay Cee - very tall and not easy to capture!
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Scotch Bonnet chillis. I will collect the seeds and sow them next year.
 

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Switched on TV at 10.11 and watched Our Yorkshire Farm in which Clive killed 3 chickens and this really brought back memories. I grew up in 2 different farms and they were about an acre big or more. It was sweet but I didn't know it. We got space whilst most people were crammed in massive blocks of flats. I had to kill chickens and I really hated it. You slitted their throats and they fought and yanked, blood spilling and it was unbearable, but it's a way of life.

Two days ago, vegan activists blockaded MacDonalds and I'm one for balanced diet and am surprised that they didn't know that plants were sentient and that they felt pain, too. An ethos has become a cult and its followers vocal and militants. I feel sorry for those farmers who have been targeted.

Son's primary school classmates are mostly vegan as a teaching assistant screened video showing how cruel it was to eat lamb and of course when you were in Year 2, barely 5 or 6 year olds, you were under pressure, "Awwww, those lamb are so cute! How can you eat them?"

Must be very cold up north! Even I'm being tormented with 5c!

Very little rain yesterday and I was outside extending more planting area.

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A most ballerina-like lavender Flaming Purple!

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Senlac bearded iris
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Thalictrum aquilegiflorium
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Thalictrum Nimbua Pink
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Scented Lilac of which I have more than 12 flowers in 3 or 4 plants.
 
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Mine are nearly out as well Zenji and looking a bit drenched. At least its stopped raining and supposed to be much better over the coming days , it need to stop raining the ground is saturated .
 

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What an exquisite blue! I wish I had tried PROPERLY again. I did buy the seeds, AGAIN; but I left it very late and they didn't germinate. I will try every year to see if I am lucky. So unusual and elegant.

Perki: I did look at the weather report for you and you might not be so lucky as Zenj. Still a bit whirling rain coming back to your area. For me, it has been dry from yesterday onward. It did drizzle around 5 to 6 and that stopped me weeding. What a bane!

Senlac which has darker standards than Indian Chief.
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It's a shame as the light level was not ideal.

Sowed squash, cabbage seeds as it's better late than never.
 
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A heart-warming piece of news

Thalictrums making up lost time
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Camellia still flowering
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I think this is a rebloomer

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Yesterday was very hot and my bum was literally burnt by the sun at 5pm. Then at night, I was freezing! I think we all had a glorious day yesterday - 27 May: the first hot day of the year. The first decent day of the season.

I'm very annoyed with myself. I picked up a snowdrop seedpod - a yellow one and was wondering what compost to use to sow it and moved it again and again and then lost it. Then I youtubed and found a method. Went to my 2 plots only to find most of the seed pod disappeared. Any way, pot up 5 pots - Diggory, Rosemary Burnham, ..
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My first batch of hellebore seeds
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Picking and pricking times!
 

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What a glorious morning here 18c and real feel forecast 21c, alp meconopsis seeds must be fresh a lot of people sow them late autumn leave them outside to get winter chilled should show in spring.Here’s some of mine up now the hard part keeping them going ,Slive Donard and Langholm in flower now.
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What a glorious morning here 18c and real feel forecast 21c, alp meconopsis seeds must be fresh a lot of people sow them late autumn leave them outside to get winter chilled should show in spring.Here’s some of mine up now the hard part keeping them going ,Slive Donard and Langholm in flower now.
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I love all meconopsis and if I had been serious, I might even have flowers this year. The seeds weren't expensive and they did germinate here, but not so prolifically as yours (You're a natural!) I love red, violet, and this crazy blue .. They are all crazily gorgeous and I can only salivate!
 
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I love the first one - the waves are aaaawwwesome! The beaches are beautiful - unlike the stone beaches of my late in-laws. Shame their children gave the house away! By the estuary and very peachful - the tree sapping sounded pretty lonely to me.

Did quite a bit. Bought some resting snowdrops online and chucked some grit on one plot and I hope this will stop narcissus fly. I had an Anglesey Orange Tip killed by one of those. The seller generously replaced it for me. I was so touched. Anybody can buy nematodes at a cheaper rate please? Please let me know.

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Cistus and Rhapsody of Love rose responding to the heat

My Noir Corner - or reddish black? And now Striking petunia ruined the colour, but I love the tiny black violet, the stripey petunia, the aoenium and acer - not that black.. One of the irises is a Domino Noir £5 and hence no flower this year!
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Some Coral peony
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Mostly probably Senlac
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I love the sheen in this ??? iris - Double chocolate?? Or Sultan Palace
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Senlac at the back


A very happy peachy one with big bloom and yet not very tall.
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A new violet Thalictrum
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Black on bloom - poor thing has been wrongly orientated
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Bubble gum scented lilac scented


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Chickens had a lovely day - tons of foods including salad from the community! I gave them free eggs in return - love all around!
 

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Polish rooster died yesterday. He hadn't been well and I segregated him from the rest and he even refused mealworms. Anyway, RIP, Ebony!

Remember that son was accused of flytipping by tatto pete? We confronted him last week and I said to him that he saw nothing as we NEVER flytip in that place and wait till someone did the same to his grand son. He came around later to apologise and said he would write to the committee to say sorry. Yesterday, saw the committee chairman and he said to me he did apologise, saying that it was a misunderstanding. The horrible thing was that this ex-druggie who started the trouble was a little bully. After he spread the rumour, he planted a metal rod right next to my plot as if signally beyond this point, it was his land. I'm not being funny. He has 3 half plots and I have one half plot. He has a shed, an arbor, and a greenhouse, a BBQ gadget, a set of metal garden table and chairs. He has moved in, more or less!

A month ago, we turned up first time to work the plot. He sat facing us for more than 45 minutes, sunning himself and probably intimidating us. Then, a small watering can appeared in the path between my plot and the water source, which was a source of hazard. Last week, after apologising to us, he put an empty wheelbarrow on the same spot! He was working in another plot north of his main plot with the wheelbarrow, just being a nuisance. The chairman said I could swap plots as there were quite a few others who didn't get along well with his neighbours. I said no. Just the thought of moving all the irises made me faint. Also, I have just established an asparagus plot.

On a happier note: Paul asked me if I had planted his comfrey. So he did give them to me, but I probably did go to the allotment and it was lost. He then gave me some lovely tomato plants. He actually used black plastic bags which I saw in the Australian gardening programmes. Very impressed. Last year, he gave me a lot of surplus toms as well. Nice man!

The amount of Indian Chief I have seen flowering was staggering. It was embarrassing. The allotment plot is full of bugs and the flowers all looked punctured with holes. The kale was no good as the slugs had a go first.
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A deep blue iris
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So confused about the names of these irises. I was expecting more different irises. But so far, only about 4 new ones in the allotment.

Last night I did gardening from 6 to 8pm at home as well as the light was blinding and it was definitely hot. Son went with ex to my ex's house by the seaside. Very peaceful here.
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Wish I had bought some nematodes earlier.
 
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Its been a glorious weekend summer seems to arrived Chelsea won champion league :) .

Went to the GC yesterday and got a euphorbia Tasmanian tiger I've been after out of the sale section, my acer turned up the other day slight worry about some damage to the trunk but in all a very good weekend .

Shame about the chicky and the plot neighbour .
 

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Yes. Glorious weather for all of us! A rare co-incidence! I weeded the front and stayed in the heat until 12 noon. Came in and watched crime on laptop and yet out again from 6.30 to 8. Cleaned up a lot of mess and after 2 cups of tea, I will be out to water the plants. 2 butts already gone!

Chelsea had the first major medalware after all the sackings. Lampard must have good compensation. Amazing how deep Roman A's pocket is. His main beneficiary has to be Ego Mou!

Ebony and my plot neighbour both have or had mental problems. Ebony was very fussy and wouldn't eat a lot of things and when it came to eating, he would peck the hens instead of eating. Just plain unpleasant. My plot neighbour told me that he saw my son flytip when I first confronted him. Last time, he said sorry and yet the bully in him would leave his wheelbarrow in the middle of the path for me to go to get water. He has been damaged by substance abuses. He said if he had taken drugs, he would have died 1987!

I'm not buying any irises from anybody unless they are in a pot in a proper nursery. All turned out to be the same.

Thalictrum coming up everywhere
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Pinball Wizard
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Caligula
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Love the chocolate sheen - a burnished look
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When I was weeding yesterday at the front lawn, I heard some woman yapping in her own language and at the same time, she was panning her camera all over my flowers/garden. Quite surreal!
 
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And what beautiful flowers you have, too! The blue of the last photo is stunning! Love that one below the camassia!

Early in the morning, I went and finished the rest of the driveway and I might apply another treatment so that I can finish the job properly.

Watched Murder in the Park and I can safely repeat that even the dogs in Sydenham knew who killed Daniel Morgan. Amazing how these people could pull a straight face - these people literally used their police contact and sold stories to tabloid trash. And police staff even joined the business which he got from his partner. When the suspect was caught in a 12-minute long phone conversation, you could see he lost his bravado. Very sad for Daniel Morgan's family! Corruption and cover-ups in police force have a lot to answer for.

Went out to dig up my more than 26 years' old tea rose and finished work about 9pm. Watched Kew garden and was almightily confused by the years (post lockdown?? Not likely) No idea. A bit like jumbled video clips.

More of my Caligula

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Mount Everest
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Dazzling Gold
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Scented lilac
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Autumn Twilight
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Scented Lilac - very serene
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Have a sunny and glorious day!
 

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Iris Senlac in the allotment

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Rebloomer
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This one is pretty but rather buggy
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Clematis Majorie
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Sue and her husband are ferrying horse manure today the whole day in the allotment and so I will go there to get some. Going to be another scorcher. So nice to see NO rain in the north. I'm out to do some serious watering. The sun is already up and early!
 

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The sun been out nice and warm my really bad tan lines have returned :D Mowed the lawn and removed the large dahlias and salvias out of the GH to make room.
Your iris are looking very nice alp , are all of them on the allotment yours? I dont think mine are going to flower this year . Its been a really bad year for some plants , the wisteria only just starting to leaf out I don't think its going to flower again.
 
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It was very hot yesterday, but somehow when I went to the allotment (horse manure days - about 2 in the whole year!) at about 4.20, it was clouded over and wonderfully pleasant for all the hard labour.

My dahlias and salvias are out a month ago. Thank you, Perki! No, the Indian Chief are everywhere. I bought the rhizomes from mostly Thompson and Morgan, some on fleabay, some from Prins which I don't trust any more after my experience from Primavera which should be green/white but turned out to be pink single. When the rhizomes came to me, they were dry, old and shrivelled - a bit like me! Some died, some took 3 years to flower. But this year, the chocolate one, the sharp yellow on dark chocolate and the scented lilac (which boasts of 9 buds on a stem) and Night Edition have really made me very happy. The Grenade from Cayeux is going to flower. But Cayeux had never sent me any replacement or refund. I wish I had read the letter, not to find that they had drought and that they replaced my rhizomes. The quality of the rhizomes was just like those from T&M. I have Indian Chiefs in the allotment as well as at home.

My first edition of NIGHT EDITION - just love the blue!
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Gold & Striped Violet
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Peachy rebloomer
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Painted Woman - just love the gold basal blotches
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Just love the purity of this mass
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Beige on mustard
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This is one of my favorites - big bold violet and I will baptise it Chocolate Sheenie
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Mustard Painted Tiger? New to me and much loved.


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Could be Lemon Cloud- I would call it Snow on gold! Can't go wrong!
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Lagurus Ovatus!

Some of my irises didn't flower either. if the rhizomes are not exposed, that could be the trouble and you know me: I want to have.every plant on earth and hence some rhizomes are clouded by others. I'm expecting Blue Bird Wine and Black Dragon, but this year they are a bit elusive. Talking about Wisteria, my first big one is dying. The Capitaine has been spared by the professional weeders - the chickens - and I layered it and I couldn't see any buds, the pure white scented Japanese are showing buds but they are few and far between. This has been an awful year. Still, a poor workman shouldn't blame his/her toods! Well, a veteran allotmenteer has great globe onion leaves which are 8 times the height of mine. Well, I sowed the seeds about 2 weeks ago. Considering the weather, this has been a very bad year! Normally, I had courgettes the size of a marrow. This year, I don't have one plant. But still, some irises are going to make me smile and make me feel rich!
 
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