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About time they beat them.
How sad about the chicken you've not had much luck with them, how many have you got left now? You never know with birds how ill they are until its to late
 

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About time they beat them.
How sad about the chicken you've not had much luck with them, how many have you got left now? You never know with birds how ill they are until its to late

I am very happy that we have finally beaten Germany and glad that France got knocked out too. As long as these two don't proceed, I am happy.

I still have 4 left. One crippled and all hungry! LOL! Have been very lucky as I got salad from various people and that saved me a packet. Then there are pots and trays for me as well. Such sweet neighbours - not those who pinched my flowers though. This afternoon, I had to grate carrots for them. But it's OK as they really like grated carrots. They laid such big eggs. Well, they should, shouldn't they as they are constantly EATING!

I planted out my Salvia Salgoon. I couldn't believe my eyes £12.99. I have to say there was a lot of perlite (nearly 1/3) in the soil and that was not cheap. I got it reduced to £5 as one main stem broke off. Love the colour - lilac better than Wishes series. It doesn't matter how much I want to tidy up the garden, I just find out that I have to divide and divide plants. I got so fed up with so many pots and so many labels that I came indoors all the time, trying to watch murder and crime stories on discovery channel. I just finished one. So basically, I have been trying to escape the garden as it's just too much for me. Weeds are mushrooming everywhere ... How can I get the blessed weeds under control. And then there are the potatoes which grow everywhere, even from my eyeballs.. No, but in between my hellebores which is another bane. They are so overgrown and prickly that I missed quite a bit of lovely seeds. Ah, dear! I think I should go to bed. I have reverted to my true nature - a perpetual moan!

PS I have got 4 left. We cleaned the hen coop Sunday. A sane number!

How are you feeling, Perki? Any better? Apparently, covid attacks a certain blood group! I love watching Monster inside me and I keep feeling ill watching those nasty graphics of horrible bugs - lungworm, bubonic plague, Necrotising fasciitis .. Ahhhhhhhhh!
 

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Woke up very late probably because I worked the whole day outside yesterday.

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Pod homes with £5 a week running costs to be built for homeless in London

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Just going to enjoy these temperatures

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Wonderfully calm temperatures

Same can't be said of Canada!

Canada heatwave: Dozens of deaths in Vancouver as temperature hits record 49.5C in village of Lytton!

Pure hell!

Eryngiums
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Cistus - so pure
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A young Purple Prince - supposed to be 2m tall.
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Twyning's After Eight with very dark leaves - a bit pale, but it's the first one.
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Adobe orange Echinacea
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Buggy Franz Kafka
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Yellow Echinacea


Mersea yellow penstemon or Penstemon Pinifolius Mersea Yellow
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Annabelle hydrangea in its infancy!, next to Cornus Wolfe eyes with variegated leaves and lily


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Did a lot of weeding yesterday and the recyclable materials piled up high.

Sun is out and I am scared already

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Time for the lilies - pure white

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Apricot Lemonade Cosmos
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Helenium Tip top
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Home grown delphinium
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Pink and lilac clematises Jan Lindman

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Madame Julie Correvon
How these bracts revert themselves - part green
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Clematis and next door to an apricot lily
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Well, it's not stolen but kept at the back - David Austin Olivia

Chocolate cosmsos
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Mardi Gras
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Can't get over how many flowers I have in each clump - Sour Grapes and Blackbird - smothered with flowers

lectric blue penstemon or Strictus
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An electrifying colour - blue!
 
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Wow! What is the last one please? The lily pollen is stunningly vivid. So much detail!
 
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Been off the map for a few days visiting Edinburgh ,a few from our trip a pity that at the botanic gardens most of the meconopsis had gone over as there were hundreds of them.
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Beautiful architecture! What is the lovely lightning conducting rod behind the church! So funky!

Yes, a bit late for meconopsis - Kirsty in Beechgrove was showcasing them a while ago. Scotland is quite majestic.

Cutting all the leaves and grass into bits for most of the day and after that freegled a bulky rotating composting bin. The same person also gave away a water butt, but I was too late. This time, I told myself not to type any more and just ask for it asap. I got it. So pleased.

Echinacea Sombrero Lemon Yellow

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By the look of it, I need to clean my windows

Lilies are clumping their buds in these two stems very compactly
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The tall ones could be Elecampane which think the sky is the limit. Can't wait for them to flower!
 
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Oh, heavens! The last one left me speechless ...

It's so hot! I need to move further north! The heat is killing me!

Zenj What is the name of the last beauty? The various hues of the violet poppy are so well captured. Brilliant, Zenj!
 

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It has such a lot of details and great combo of colours.

Good morning to all before I watch GW. Link is provided here. It's raining and already one empty butt is nearly half full.

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Well, nothing thunderous about this bout of rain.

Washed about 100 plus pots. Tons of them and used the dirty water to water the plants.

The Echinaceas are still very slow

Cornus Kousa China girl


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Something on bloom
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This Delphinium I raised from seed
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Achillea is pretty but it takes over the plot

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Strangely enough, I have about 4 hellebores flowering.

Oh, crumbs! I can't watch GW! Looking at his border, I want more land, more, and more and yet more! Not for prickly roses though!

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I have loads of these useless tubs with all the handles gone! I hope the manufacturers take note: Don't churn out rubbish like this.
 
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Just woke up 7.15. Don't think we're doing any garden centres hopping today.

How often do we buy a plant because of its name? Bought Agastache Black Adder again and also another plant for £2 each. Saw a Salvia Red Trumpet, but it's asking £8.95, so I wouldn't bother.

I have talked about buying about 3 or 4 packets of confrey seeds and when i was enjoying my progress, something lilac caught my eyes and there it is, a cmofrey, I think! Very pleased. Cross-checked.
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Finally, I've a purple comfrey

Chocolate cosmos is very happy at the front and there are a lot of flowers!

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Salvia Summer Jewel Pink Lady
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Deutzia
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My own hydrangea
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A fragrant lily - very pleased
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Hellebore Stained Glass
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Early Sahin Helenium
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It kept trying to bite me
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Irises in the gc! Glorious and big!
 

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I am more a less back to normal now, still can't taste or smell anything though. Going Newcastle next weekend for a friends stag do (was supposed to be going Prague but that went out the window with covid ) hopefully England get into the Euro finals while I am there.

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Would like to add this bit before I go:

Wedding at Telford with fast and expensive cars and smoke canons which went on for 4 days

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FOUR DAYS OF HELL for the neighbours...

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Zenj: Is that Astrantia? Gosh! So many flowers and the others are so perfect .. Can't believe my eyes.

Perki: Glad that you're much better and hope you recover the sense of taste and smell soon. Those orange roses are so nice. I wish I had sown my burnet seeds. Still in a big packet about 5000 seeds. The other one from Beeches died. As for football: we all want them to win. But Denmark also has a case to prove - their collapsed colleague.

Princess Catherine - the others are ravaged by slugs and bugs, quite unlike those of you three gentlemen, including @DrCase !

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Too 3 years for the diorama flowers to see the light of day! Surprised it's so tall and it's truly NODDING FISHING ROD!
 
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alp dierama have tried 3 times here but lost them so gave up.:(

I know. I was so surprised to see it flower. I bought it REDUCED! And plonked it in the allotment grids where I put all my beloved flowers - agapanthus, twisters, penstemon .. and suddenly, this year, I saw these geometric patterns of buds dangling right in front of me. It's a bonus!

I am hot already - 5 rounds of watering and now at the back shedding leaves to pieces to make compost and realised that I dislike it there - there are tiny black bugs which bite me and all sorts of tiny creatures making me itchy. The humidity is awfully stifling. This woman does MOAN! LOL!

I like the way you call it DIErama! Makes chuckle ...er humm, giggle!

Moaning soldier going out to brave the bites!
 
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