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If there were thunder and lightning, I was too tired to hear it. The butts are nearly full, with tons of buckets around filled with water.
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Still more rain to come

Not Blue Bayou!
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Chocolate cosmos
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Rejman's Firecracker
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Annabelle
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Radish - Diana Lordy - very zingy!
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Unseasonal Hellebore
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Salvia Salgoon
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Jackmanii
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In case you're restless like me, try watching KEW!
 

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Drug addiction of fish caused by human activities

Fish are getting addicted to CRYSTAL METH: Brown trout exposed to illegal drugs flushed into rivers and streams by humans for just two months show signs of addiction, study warns

Man, 65, suffers horror toilet trip after 5ft python emerges to 'pinch' his genitals

Terrifying that neighbours can keep such horrible reptiles and didn't know that it had escaped.

Finland's Arctic Lapland area swelters in record heatwave - 33.6c

I should stop moaning about the humidity straight away!

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Kew was very good. I had to quicken the speed of play or I would fall asleep. Cruishank always is too soothing for me, a recipe for deep sleep.

T budded 3 roses and the newly bought graft knife was a bit of rubbish. Not sharp enough. In the end, I used my tiny secateur and I hope I had not severed the cambrian layer.

Witnessed a serious squally shower! Very windy and heavy rain at the same time. This year has been punctuated with sporadic rains, which is not exactly bad to me.

Also, repotted my Salvia Domeyi - giant salvia cuttings. 3 strikes out of 6 out of a weakling seedlings. Went out to check my parent seedling which I bought and found that the slugs had ravaged most of the leaves. Add a bit of deterrent.

Took cuttings of my rose Rhapsody of Love

Amethyst Lips
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This could be Strictus or Electric blue penstemon
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Eryngium
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One of the Inula Hleeniums fell on its wayside because of the wind, so I tied it to these robust lilies
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Red Echinacea
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Pallida?
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Rejman's Firecracker
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Because of the cold and wet weather, everything seems to be so slow flowering or fruiting. Bought 2 Ogen melon seedlings, no heat, no melon
 
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Good morning to all:

Great news for England football. We didn't watch it, but the beginning was a bit of a downer! It seemed to be a never ending game. Whilst I was in bed, son told me Harry Kane knocked the ball in 104th minute and I had been so tired that I just wanted to sleep.

Why was it that I never learned anything. July is not a time to get woodchips. Because of the rains, I was worried that the garden would be flooded yet again. So I contacted someone on Gumtree and he came with a load of green. His excuse was: Customers just don't understand: It's summer and leaves grow. You see those trees over there? They are covered with leaves.

I must engrave this into my thick skull. He said: Anyway, you've got a free load of stuff which smells nice ... I laboured 4 hours straight: to move the water bins, buckets, pots and then the bikes and various pots and lugged from 4.00 to 8pm. I was totally exhausted. Why are tradespeople so dishonest. They show you a picture of woodchips and no leaves. What I had was leaves and very little woodchips.

The only consolation was that it did smell heavenly - a lorry load of Eucalyptus tree leaves and I hope I did lose some weight.

Anybody knows what helenium this is please?

I have Early Sahin, Mardi Gras, Warburzerg, Moerheim Beauty. Inula helenium. Only 3 of them I am certain of their names.

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Echinacea Tres Amigos
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Gypsophila is so frothy
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Very dainty and frothy and aptly named Baby breath.

I remember posting here long time ago about Stipa Gigantea seeds. I collected them whenever I could and yet some just wouldn't germinate. Apparently, the person answering my question seemed to be correct: that the hotel probably didn't want to have stipa self-seeding everywhere and hence they chose one with sterile seeds. Now that I have sourced and successfully germinated some, I really must learn this lesson.

For those who want to know more about UK horticultural biggies, here is one - Hampton Court!

All about outdoor living - True. All gcs make a lot of money selling garden furniture, and sheds .. very trendy at the mo!

Conceptual gardening is doing my head in

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This in a garden show ..
 
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Whenever I went out, the sun was OUT and when I came in, so did the sun! Stalker!

A lovely combo of colours Colour Spectacle dahlia, I think

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Well, I was too close! @Perki - veronicastrum or it's too small; but hey, it's here and mine! Such a unique leave arrangement - just like that of martagon lily
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Stained Glass

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Water lily
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This flower is getting bigger and more and more compact
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Helenium Tip Top

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Helenium Wyndley
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Apricot Lemonade
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Leafchip
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First cupcake
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Funky White
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Off to watch Beechgrove now; but Hampton Court first! @LouisFerdinand I think you'd love it.

I just don't get the fuss about Tom Stuart-Smith. His gardening is the same as Monty and yet he gets all the praise whilst Monty get the rage! I think they are the same spontaneity. A lot of snobs in our horticultural world. I have to say his teacher was a bit brutal calling him conceited and lazy! Don't think this kind of remarks is allowed in our touchy world these days. I miss Monty and he's probably going to make some real money - his own shows. Riley is so out of her depth in a HORTICULTURAL SHOW. Life deals her a fair hand. Being fair gets you jobs!
 

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Yep that's a veronicastrum, they do get stunted with lack of moister but it will fill out next year. Mine are about 5 ft at the moment.

Off to Newcastle for the weekend now, at least the weather looks OK for the weekend.
 
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Thank you for the lovely plant. They were in the green house. By the look of it, I should plant it somewhere else.

Have a good time and don't get too drunk and stay away from bugs! Have fun!

Off to label some plants before they all look the same and me scratching me head!
 

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I thought England had won the football - a whole night of party and I heard people talking as if they were inside my back garden. Turned out to be a family nearby having a party, even playing football outside, in the street. This family moved in about 4 or 5 years ago. One son kept playing Drill music and you could hear the throbbing although it was 4th houses away. Then some nasties poured bleach all over their carpet. One man held the door as if talking to someone inside whilst the insider poured bleach. Neighbours are not always a welcome addition.

My globe onion
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My poor Blood Lily
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Alstroemeria Summer series
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Some confused Dahlia
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Echinacea Adobe Orange
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Echinacea Pallida
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Cheyenne Spirit Echiancea
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Frimbriata launa Clair-Obscur
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Ready for my roasted chicken
 

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It's so cold this morning that I really didn't want to get up.

Annabelle hydrangea needs a bit of support - I have 2 problems (at least two,) plants in the front garden collapse towards the west, whilst plants at facing east at the back collapse towards the east whilst my neighbour's weeds all go through a weed fence and invade my garden)

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I thought this was a green twister. A nasty twist in the colour!
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My neighbour's morning glory or bindweed is now my nightmare. This year it has been very vigorous! Who's talking about having a WILD garden?
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2 of these Alauna Clair-Obscur.
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COLOUR SPACTACLE
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Cheyanne Spirit - no idea what colour it will be. When I bought it, I thought it would be red!

For @LouisFerdinand et al, you might like to watch this!
 
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Well, it's over and it's heartbreaking. Knowing Southgate's history, one would expect his team to have practised tons of penalty shootouts.

My first proper Pak Choi from the allotment, grown under netting.

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Inula Helenium / Elecampane
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Black Knight
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Asclepias incarnata Cinderella
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Dicentra
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Very disappointing colour
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Dahlia Jomanda - Halls of Heddon Terracotta orange pompon it says - very pleased.

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Nothing to beat a Franz Kafka - the form, the colour .. so exquisite and so serene!

Yesterday, I saw a figure loitering near my strawberries in the allotment. Turned out to be Agnes who kindly watered my strawberries, thinking I would not be coming. We chatted a bit but due to the lack of time, I had to cut short the chat as son needed to go biking. It was so kind of her... And I had only talked to her about 6 times since I started. Very sweet friend.
 

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By the look of it, there will be no more rain for me! The floods had gone to Dorset and London Shepherd's Bush and very little for me.

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Was busy yesterday and didn't take any photos. Flowers are very slow as there hasn't been enough heat.

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A lovely transparent octopus

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And today, in its place, there is a snake- sleek and sinister

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I dug up a huge clump of echinacea purpurea Pow Wow. And now I have more to dig up. I bought a lot of 5 or 6 echinacea Green Twister and now they stare at me, in pride of place that I specifically had chosen for them - all lilac pink. Total despair! And one is even green in colour! Sooooo annoyed!
 
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Well things seem to of done quite a bit of growing since last week the rains have really got things going now after the dry spell, the rain ruined my roses though .

Had a good weekend until England lost :( . Train hit a deer on the way home and damaged the brakes so we were stuck in the middle of nowhere for a couple of hours , they manged to limp the train back to York and had to get another train .
 
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Glad that you had a good time and as for the footsie, well, it's a shame, Perki! Nice to have a change, wasn't it!

Seeing the footage of the biblical floods in London, my heart sank. There were fountains gushing out from underground and people's houses were flooded. Nearly 2' of water outside patio door. I don't think the insurers are going to pay up. They blame it on mega basements which could be one reason. People are so selfish and are constantly digging. Imagine how your property foundations are going to be affected.

Louis: I love Alauna because of its unusual colour - rich and deep and very sexy!

Lily
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Echinacea White - first white this year!

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This dahlia is a bit of a mess but so different!
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Rejman's Firecracker
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Very dainty and pretty Salvia Coccinea Pink Jewel
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Salvia Coccinea Pink Jewel - I bought the seeds reduced £1 for nearly 5 year and they came to nothing until last year when every single seed germinated. After harvesting, I didn't know what the seeds were and sowed them anyway, and now I have a lovely cluster.
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This year Cosmos Apricot Lemonade has very intense colours
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When I first saw this flower, I thought: Oh, I have 2 Alauna Clair Obscur! On closer look yesterday, I realised that it actually is a Table Dancer Dahlia. I have been buying these tubers for years and years - same experience as my Salvia Coccinea Pink Jewel. I never had any success. Then suddenly, there they are. I love the unusual colour -

Table Dancer which I love because of its unusual colour. And fimbriated as well.
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In the sunshine, Alauna takes on a different allure!
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Firebird or Garnet?
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Penstemon Pensham Laura
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Table Dancer
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Abutilon in garden soil
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Helleborus Stained Glass
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Usually, I feel rather cold in the morning; by the feel of it, summer is sneaking in and I will be dodging the hot air. Monday morning, son trimmed the neighbour's ivy which broke their fences and has left gaping holes in the fence. Yesterday morning and afternoon, I had to fight bind weed coming from the other neighbour's wide wild back. So unfair. I never see these problems in Garden Rescue.
 

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Now, apart from mozzies, I have a new nemesis - ants! Yesterday, I couldn't even plant out my plants as there were ants trooping out of their nests in the soil and white oval eggs everywhere embedded in the soil and they mounted attacks on me straightaway. Well, at least, they don't leave me with a year or longer itch! I saw two mozzies in action yesterday. One I scared away, the other left me with a bite.

Weather yesterday was lovely. Cool, breezy until the middle of the day and yet I couldn't find my hand fork and that was a big excuse to be lazy. I need a worker's belt. I am sooooooo hopeless. In the end, I used a spade and then the ants attacked. Very happy that I have at least planted something. Oh, I forgot my other arch enemy - the foxes. They dug a big 5L pot size hole in my cabbage and cauliflower bed! The netting was off! I was soooooooooo mad! The garden has been taken over by ants, cats, foxes, pigeons, birds and mozzies. Wildlife for you. I don't mind the birds, but they do fly out of nowhere and scare me stiff!
I also T-budded my miracot and sunburst cherry trees.

Salvia Discolor cuttings - I should have taken longer cuttings, but when the plant arrived, there was no way I could take any cuttings as this had been done before the plant left the nursery. So I have been more or less conditioned to take cuttings of this size! Keep my finger crossed.
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Clematis Princess Kate
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Colour Spectacle Dahlia, with a thalictrum Double Hewitt and some weed in between and the giant lily which should grow to 8' tall.
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A lovely day yesterday and wish I had done more as today, the sun is out in full force.

The floods in the continent were serious and the carnage was all to see. People died and missing as well. And then there was car crashes on A1 and a lorry burst into flame and people died as well. Quite rare to see fire in traffic accident. Sad news.

People are now complaining the ping and trace app which is crippling the country.

Petunia is still going strong. Time to collect seeds


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Black Honka

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Pallida?
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Helenium Rubinwerz
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Teesbrooke Audrey
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Rejman's Firecracker

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Aptly named Orange Pompon
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I'm a sucker for orange flowers - Adobe Orange
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First year my Annabelle has a meaningful display!
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Let's hope we have a calmer day for all!

Great improvement on the site design!

Thank you to those clever web-designers!
 

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Tidying up the lean to and then the patio and has asked a contact to give a quote as son doesn't have a lot of time.

Helenium Wyndley
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Table Dancer dahlia
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Thalictrum Delavayi Splendide flower was just too small and my camera pathetic!

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Hydrangea Miss Saori
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First and only Green Twister in the garden

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Could be Totally Tangerine?
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Echinacea Kismet Red
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Begonia
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Alstroemeria Summer series

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Inula helenium

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Cafe au Lait
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Adobe red echinacea


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Dahlia Verrone's Obsidian full of lovely details
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Have a nice weekend, every one!
 

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