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Went to the allotment and came home about 9,20pm. The heat is going to fry my plants.

Here comes Miss over the top! Love it when there are so many flowers, especially after a long drought ..

Peony Sarah Berndhardt
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Lavender Kew Red
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Salvia Cherry Pie
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Alstroemeria Red Lion
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Nachtvlinder
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Black Dragon
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David Austin's Harlow Carr
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Painted woman
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Sibrica
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Salvia ??? from last year
 
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Very hot here at Norfolk 28c today a few of the area
 

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Holidaying in Norfolk on a hot day! Lovely! I love Norfolk and we hired a boat cruising the Norfolk Boards! Nice sand, just as seen in your photos and I ate A LOT in Havens which was brilliant in their catering! Happy memories and I'm sure you will like it there!
 

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It's only 4.30, but it's a good idea to water the plants now. So will have a cup of coffee and out to conquer the drought and heat.

June has the greatest potential to surprise and sweeten and here we are: suddenly out of nowhere, there is something to rejoice at, especially they are the first blooms

Iris Paprika

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Sibirica
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Also Sibriica
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The only difference between these two is that this is silver-edged.
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I just can't get over how pretty, big and bold this Grenade is!
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After the coffee, watering again!
 

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DrCase: What is the last flower please? You've got steady hands and the blue salvia (Black and Blue?) or Blue and Bloom? is so full of details. Don't they have bugs your way? Your flowers are so perfect.

I had a very good day. Cleared a lot of irises and replanted some hellebores, planted out 2 wisteria, 2 fruit trees. That took the whole day. Now I know why my parrot tulips died without blooming properly - tulip fire. What a terrible thing. They were in buds and were very late and you can see the flowers, but they just shrivelled and failed to open.

Painted Woman - very pretty is full of markings and details.

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Sibirica iris with a darker colour without the silvery edge
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These are more blue
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Rich Ruby penstemon
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alstroemerias
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One of the few wisteria buds which I planted in the ground
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a white peony
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Alstroemeria
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Peony Bowl of Beauty
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Black bird penstemon
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Hope it's another cloudy day! Yesterday was OK and I worked all the way through. A lot of debris to clear.
 

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Alp: this bloom is one I found on my Thalia yesterday.
The humidity was so high yesterday my lens would fog up on me before I new it.
as far as being steady with the camera I get lucky once in a while


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Biden is meddling with Ireland - he forgot that the way the US got hold of Hawaii! Rant over!

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Watched Bees, .. very slow and a bit boring. The intention is good.

Thalia? The only thalia I have ever heard of is a daffodil. Please upload more pics.

White peony
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The Painted Woman is on its way out! What a shame
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Went to the allotment 8.20pm and came home 10pm. Even went to Sainsburys to get some Extra Virgin Olive Oil £3.50 for 750ml. Last time I paid £7 for same in Asda.
 

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Its another grand day here again I am getting fed up of watering its all I seem to do at the moment . I've been putting some plant supports in today to late as usual but it doesn't matter. My wisteria finally leafed up I were starting to get a tad worried , no flowers again this year probably the cold spring damaged the buds I haven't seen any wisteria around here flowering properly but for the odd sporadic flower.
Think I'll plan out what's going in the large pots at the front door thinks at the moment dahlia thomas edison with some salvias plus trailing petunia and others.

I've got to pop round next door first I've dug a peony out from one of her friends garden to give to her ( not an ideal time to be moving a peony ) but first I've got to bride a Cheese and Onion pie out of her first ;) , A little section of the peony broke off so its mine now muahahaha
 
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One of my wisteria has no leaves at all and that was the biggest one. Yesterday after a trip to Lakeside and a meal at Prezzo, I moved the Capitaine wisteria to the front and it's now in position. I still don't know how to fashion a frame for it to climb on. And that was 8.30pm. I was wearing a dress and the mozzies came out in full assault at the back of my legs. I immediately had to beat retreat with severe battle scars. Even now, I have several warm raised spots at the back of both legs. You just can't win.

Perki: Imagine me surgically glued to the watering cans! I have just done an hour's of punitive labour and will do it again in the next hour before it's too hot.

DrCase: Salvia with black bracts or something called calyx is really striking. In fact the black calyx makes it more interesting. I'm hoping to see my Salvia Discolor flower and will upload it here. Still intrigued by Thalia. whenever I googled, it threw up 2 things - a woman or a daff! o_O :unsure:

As it was on Tesco voucher, the potion seemed to be very small for £13.50, but the flavour was still legendary!
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Love this exotic plant1
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This was cheaper. In another nursery, it was asking £21.99 for a 3L. I must have been living in a cage or under a rock!! How can prices rocketed like these????
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Black Stocking is very striking!

Iris Paprika!

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Isn't this nice and compact!

Bartzella Peony -- bought nearly 5 years ago!

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Just now heard a terrible noise, went to the garden and there it was - one of the foxes who dug up my Polish and devoured it whole. Another terrible hot day to come!
 
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G7 Minack Theatre in the Porthcurno clifftops of Penzance as a suitably ‘feminist’ place to host a picnic for the leaders’ wives.

Yes, quite right. This place is carved out of granite by a woman, of course, with men's and women's help. (Daft to be lectured to be woke!) It has, time and time again, been washed away by the waves, storms and other elements, but it rises ... It is a marvellous place - emblematic of a woman's granitey or steely resolve. Beautiful in spirit which is impossible to capture!

I had the pleasure of being there, at a time when I scarcely knew how to negotiate the narrow lanes of Cornwall. I had to fold the mirrors of my little Vauxhall to weave around the single narrow lanes. I saw a German VW van negotiate a very tight corner near the theatre! But in the end, all was worth it! Such a unique and stunning place!

I don't see why Johnson should spend £8m to splash out a runway for the US president who is not that nice to us. I just hope the US is not going to flush us with pasted meats or chlorinated chickens. In a way, I love this country - the farming ethics, liberal attitudes are to be commended. I hope the former is not brought to its knees by their compatriots in other countries. The romance of British farming should never be eroded. As for liberal attitudes, these are in danger of tearing the countries to pieces..

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Quinoa plants are bugging me again: Shall I rip them up or let them live?
 
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I have been emptying the pots today for summer plants , a rather boring job so come in after I was done and watched the football and tennis . Planted most of them up this evening mostly dahlias this year I've more a less lost all my cannas bar one tiny little piece which will have to be grown on this year if it survives . I did plant 2 pots up with brugmansia for either side of the GH door entry. It was supposed to be blazing sun today it been hazy and a bit humid the vast majority of the day.

Some pictures of the garden this week
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One of the barrel planted up the other day - Ensete - Dahlia waltzing matilda - begonia santa cruz
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I had a most painful night - itchy in all my two legs where the mozzies had attacked. It was 3 hours' of scratching. Even now, they itch like hell.

Now the dishwasher is playing up. Check water! Oh, dear!

Very nice to see so many different flowers from all over the country and the US. Thank you, DrCase. Now I know what Thalia is. Very unusual colours.Flower reminds me of gladiolus.

Rhodos and azaleas are very impressive as the bushes are usually big and massive. I remember walking around Valentine's Park, it was so beautiful and the air was filled with perfume. I reckon you missed some of your beautiful blooms in Newcastle, Zenj!

Astrantia Gill Richardson
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Blackbird Penstemon is the 2nd or first to flower, together with Sour Grapes, M Fisher!
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Finally, I planted my £15 spiral thuja down in the ground. Also, almost all of my wisterias are down in the ground. Only one with flowers and even that was with only about 3 clumps of blooms.

Funny enough, the heat made the red pepper seeds sprout. Now I need to spray myself before I go out to water. Yesterday, saw a pair of Goldfinches feeding. They are even more difficult to spot than tits as they take flight very quickly. That made me buy some more Niger seeds!

Perki: You have beautiful clusters of plants and they suddenly sprang to life, by the look of it. I have now Royal Wedding white oriental poppy and pink Victoria Louise poppy

Can't believe Djo came back to win the game!
 
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Sympathy over the mozzies, Alp. During the day they hang under things, worth squirting a bit of insecticide under the bed and bedside table. A bit of Jeys fluid in the water butts helps as well, if you can still get it.
That 'Blackbird' penstemon is a winner!
 

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Insecticide under bed? Whoa! Little emperor did mop and clean the bed and carpet yesterday morning. It was traumatic. Every summer, the same sad saga! Mozzies mauled me and I would have 1 year or more to scratch. Last night, an hour of deep scratches and I was surprised that I didn't draw blood. First the bites, then the hot raised lumpy afflicted areas and 2 days later, the adjacent areas need to be scratched as well, as if the even the blood flow. What torments! I feel so much better now.

I wish I could spray my neighbour's big pond and a side pond for the froggies. I didn't know they had a side pond which was supposed to be for wildlife until the renter invited me in to have a look. These frogs have only one thing in mind - posterity. I have never seen any decrease in the number of slugs or snails. All I have seen are they were in my buckets of water or they are on top of each other! :unsure:

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Paprika above

A double one - could be Double Standards

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My poor Spiral Thuja £15 which had been stuck in a pot until the day before yesterday.
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I always said to myself: I AM NOT GOING TO BE BOTHERED WITH ANNUALS. When I saw petunias, my knees went weak!

A white peony
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Blue Bird Wine
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Saw some Goldfinches and they are so difficult to memorise digitally .. even worse than tits!
 

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