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Went to allotment again. Before that, my heart felt stressed and my gum seemed to give. I had to rest and son was home early. We went there nearly 6pm. I fashioned some strings and sticks to support the toms, All given by Paul and Sue. Then used the netting to protect my cabbage. First time I have grown them properly.

A real beauty - Painted Woman
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Black Knight
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Astrantia
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Love these Rock roses
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Red Lion
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Violet Music?

Salvia Twilight Serenade. Might chuck it for lack of room
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Salvia Joy


This astrantia is very big and long - Shaggy
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Hopefully, heavens pour me some liquid silver!

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Stunning! Stunning and I'm speechless, which is NOT me!
 
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Another nice day . Still not much to show the alliums are starting to open though :)
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GH chock a block
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Blackbird with 3 of its offspring , they're as big as the parent but still follow them round like a shadow begging for food and get their own food when they are not looking.
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Very pretty meconopsis - and your greenhouse is full of future wonders! Mine is full of thirsty plants. Couldn't believe that I woke up 3.20am. Camassias are putting on a good show. Looks like you have a pittosporum.

What a good day on the rain front! Proper rain and all butts nearly full + 2 rubbish bins and 8 buckets. Very happy. Only good stuff from France.

From 10am, it started to rain and it was only 11am when it got serious. Very, very happy! Now there will be a fortnight of drought. But hey, I should pinch myself for heavens' generosity.

Watched When Woman abuse Men, it was riveting watching. Also, watched A year in Kew and now I know why you have to pay for parking for Wakehurst. We never knew that it was so big as we only went to the seed bank and the old building, never being able to spend a whole day there. What beautiful lotuses there were! However, it was like a damp quid when the flower failed to open properly to be pollinated.

Painted Woman is packed with details and gold and good enough to the flower for West Ham,
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Arthur Bell is throwing up numerous buds
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I think this is Thalictrum aquilegiifolium 'Thundercloud'
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Iris Grenade - quite big and was perfect before the rain.

Notice the tail end of the beard is actually a bit of of the fall (i.e. part of the lower petals). First time I noticed this.
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Again, here the tail end of the beard!
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The weather has been diabolical this year. Vegs are slow or they germinated and the cold killed them off. Going to watch GW!

PS: Can't believe it! GW is in Wakehurst
 
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GW is so boring. I'm freezing here and yet the weather report predicts 24c! o_O
 
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Tonic in this heat. My fav are the daisy, poker with the bug and the last one. Just what I need for this heat!
 
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Lovely day out for all, including me! The last animal an artic fox! Very nice!

I had a lovely day out, too. Got some dwarf beans and Toms for free, and got some more echinaceas and one more comfrey which I will separate and plant.

A Shropshire Lad which I had thought was Olivia, a rose given to me. Well, it has either been stolen or it's at the back. Either way, I'm not too bothered.

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This year, I.m big on Helianthemums or rock rose
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Dyson's Joy
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Shaggy Astrantia

Some Blue Salvia

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Grenade: the first iris from Cayeux to flower! The rest are still struggling to steady their feet.


Abutilon

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Centaurea
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Twligitht Sunset
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Suddenly, they have come up
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Bamboo shoots everywhere - first time in all these years. I harvested quite a few and after that, there are about 10 new shoots
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Going to get my 2nd jab today 9.25am
 

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Had the jab very early and went to the allotment and gave away quite a few Irises, vacating the fabric raised bed for tomatoes which I got free from gc. It was baking hot and we left for lunch and shopping and straight after that, it was considerably cooler because it became cloudy. Apparently, 30 days for 30c! I'm in tears just thinking about the looming monster.

Went to bed 9.30pm and slept till 5.30am and I wonder what drugs were coursing my body! The world is sad and chaotic!

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Stipa gigantea flowers
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Peony in the allotment
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First peony in the allotment.
 
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It seems to me my uploaded photos are preventing me to enjoy Zenj's ones!

Mustard Bride
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Caligula
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Allium Roseum or Pink Jewel
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Oh, dear! Today is a most happy day for me. After years of BUYING Bowl of Beauty, I have actually 3 in my garden!
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Shaggy - big and shaggy
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Cornus Kousa Rubra
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My first Black Dragon!
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Neon

Clematis
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I did an hour plus of watering and that was just for the front. Last night, I went out to work at 8 and the mozzies came abuzzing and I was mad getting them away from my face. At the same time, I had to rip off all the sticking Goosegrass, Cleavers or Sticky Willy Galium aparine! They literally took over my garden as well as other weeds. Because of them, I was itchy as well.

Can't find Zenj's post
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Stripey Toms? I really want to see them. I pinched off my flowers.

Yes, it was interesting to see what your garden suddenly churn out! I went to Costa to get coffee grinds and on the way home, suddenly, hit with the peony Bowl of Beauty! Can't describe the joy and surprise. When I was tidying up the front to clear an area for the greenhouse plants, I saw something dangling down a metal bin and as I suffer from retinal detachment x 2 and Glaucoma, I had to hold the bit to see what it was. There you are:

Clematis Sieboldii
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I have always wanted to have one and in the previous forum, I posted that I bought some Sieboldii seeds and others and they did nothing. I then realised that they didn't look like clematis seeds which looked like sperm. I posted the seeds on that forum and someone confirmed my suspicion. I contacted the seller and he refunded me. They were chopped up wood bits!! The horrible thing is that even though the seeds were not from China, there were actually gangs of people selling fake stuff, including SEEDS on some platforms. I bought Hoya seeds from Spain, China, England and they all TURNED OUT TO SEE CLEOMES!

Very pleased that I actually have one. Would I pay £14 for one!? No. I must have bought this as a young plant and it somehow survived. Two sweet surprises in a day!
 
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Don’t know what happened, in Norfolk for a few days change of scenery will do Rhodo garden's and lavender farm plenty of asparagus for sale here so will take some back home,weather glorious..
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And now, you've them twice! What is the 2nd white ones please? And do you have the name for the orange poppy please? That's so unique and exotic for a poppy!

Crikey! I haven't got ONE tomato and you've got a truss! o_O :giggle:Must be the central heating doing the job! Fantastic work, Zenj! Even your allium looks prettier than mine and I live in the south.
 

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Don't worry! I still will go over the photos again. So you've the other Trollius as well! So happy to see others' flowers, especially orange poppy and the white flowers, not the Dicentra. I have never seen these white flowers!
 
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The poppy is a Triniifolium grown from seed last year,the white is Aquilegia taken from top.
 
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I saw some woman's aquilegia doubles of different colours and was impressed. Bought some cheap ones from Springtime and they were so awful that I pulled them all up. Yours look huge and the orange looks so nice. They should use your photo to flog the flower seeds! Off to hard labour and the chicken must be cursing me. Cooked some sweet potatoes and butternut squash for them. Aren't they lucky? Or not?
 
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