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@Perki. It is Brit Maria Crawford had it around 4 years, but for some reason it is very dark this year maybe we haven’t had as much sun as usual I have gave it a couple of feeds with liquid seaweed seems to be growing really well hope the flowers are as good.
 

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Perki - I'm sure they will be happier if the mercury hits higher than what it was last night. I need to check the label as it could be globemaster from Lidl. Or I might have the labels wrong again. I bought an orange pompon dahlia and a Creme de Cassie very late in the season and even that I confused the labels. Hopeless I am.

Waterlily seeds are so cheap from China and you have seen how they germinate. In fact, my tub is so small and I have added watercress in it. Now I am worried that the seedlings are going to struggle. I might fish them out and give them a better place to flourish. I never expected them to germinate so quickly.

Think it's going to be a fine day.
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@Perki. It is Brit Maria Crawford had it around 4 years, but for some reason it is very dark this year maybe we haven’t had as much sun as usual I have gave it a couple of feeds with liquid seaweed seems to be growing really well hope the flowers are as good.
Where did you get your liquid seaweed please, Zenj? I remember you said you got some from Wilko with seasweed added to a bottle. I so want one. But every time I went to Homebase, they were gone! £8 for 2 or £8 for 1, I always ended up with an empty shelf!
 

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Too much rain?? View in Kent!
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Watched Carol Klein yesterday on C5 on demand. Will watch her episode tonight at 9pm on 5HD. This will be on John's garden in Ashwood nurseries, Derby. Can't wait to see the snowdrops, hellebores and hepaticas.
 
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Just reserved one organic one from Homebase. They were 2 for £8 during Easter. Grrrrrrrrrrr! Going out to view a house. So fed up with the saga. Was looking for your tip, Zenj and Wilko threw up the old one .

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See if I can get cash back and then reserve again! Hehe!
 

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Peony Mr Hemerick from Kelway
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Wladyslawa from Lidl
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Rose
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Some strange buds on my lily

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Different from the usual pest red lily beetles

My favorite delphinium
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A pink salvai
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A nest in a gc - funny thing happens and this nest was right in the middle of the rows of plants! Made me smile when I spotted her!
 

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Good morning to another bright day. We have had no flood here. Last night, I actually remembered to watch Ashwood John Massey's garden. He was awarded VMH in 2016, a bit earlier than Carol Klein. The garden was beautfiul, Yet, in my bid to stay awake to feast on every frame of the documentary, I found myself drifting in and out and finally was totally out of it in the last 20 minutes. I can't believe he planted his stretopcarpus OUTSIDE, in this garden. It surely was a beautiful garden, with a canal bordering it.

Yesterday was a happy day, I got several perennial half price 1)White Physostegia virginiana Crystal Peak White, Physostegia virginiana 'Crystal Peak White',
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A gaura white one

An agapanthus Enigma blue to white for £1.49. And one more which I can't remember.

Then I bought a black and white collection of dahlia with Obsidian black dahlia, just like @Zenl 's and hopefully, it's not too late for show. I could buy this bag for 50p as all the shoots are up. Indeed, I should have taken some cuttings. Most of the other tubers were hard as my heart! Ooops!

2 more 50p bags of gladioli and I blame zenj's ones for this unexpected outlay! As the man in the advert said, "With such a discount, how can I resist it?" Then we were told that there were free onion and shallot sets and so I grabbed 3 to give away.

Boy, it's hard work. One gentleman (nice old man who always says hello!) in the allotment took one and another (the one who gave me artichoke) queried if it was last year's stock! Wawawa! :cry: :banghead:, but he took it any way! Such a relief! We don't grow any of those, but how could I resist it? Now I still have one bag left.

We also came home with some freebies - fragrant nonsense which nobody buys! But they came with a very chic bag. I also bought 4 flowering alstroemeria for £10 in the nursery in which we saw the robin nest! I hope slugs will spare them. Already planted in the allotment. Saw this man making a wireframe around his plant. Serious matter! He said he laid it out in the honour of Mr Fox!
 
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Morning all a rough night very windy and wet and was forecasting a real feel low of 3c who says it’s June ,a few of the tall plants are down ,will have to see to them later as off-to Newcastle to collect new glasses and the better half as to have her hearing aid mot at Boots .
 
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Morning , its hardly stopped raining yet it started raining about 11pm monday and but for an hour yesterday afternoon its been continuous, forecast to be cloudy today but raining typical.

Went GC yesterday to pick a largish pot up for somebody got myself a pittosporum tom thumb and I bought my mum a Viburnum Maursii . I went to the same GC on sunday on bike I got a streptocarpus and a alpine plant which I usually avoid but I were quite taken with this one Chiastophyllum oppositifolium , I've seen pictures of them before and wonder what they were, I thought they were a sedum originally but they are a relation to sedums

The rain / wind hasn't really flattened any tall plants but for one or 2 foxglove , its ruined my smaller plants like geraniums - aquilegia and antirrhinium from last year. I have a delphinium in the back which is reaching for the stars, about 7ft and still growing with no canes in.
 

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Yes, my Australia Bottlebrush was down several times and now I can't even be bothered to pick it up. We don't have wind or rain. I don't want wind, but rain is still welcome. At the moment, no rain or wind. I'm soaking all my blueberries and apple trees, hopefully, before rain sets in.

What streptocarpus have you got, Perki ? At one point, diy gc reduced them to 50p. Don't think they stock it any more. Amazing your delphinum growing so tall. Mine not even 2 feet, already snapped and ON THE FLOOR, but I think it's Mr Slug's good work!

I am so fed up with looking at lovely gardens, phoning up to be told they were sold yesterday or just now. Earlier, I phoned a man who was so stressed that he should be in mental health unit. I just quickly asked him to do the search AT HIS OWN PACE! Don't want to upset his poor soul any further!
 

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Hope Zenj reads this in time. Both Home Bargains and Wilko are doing reduction of mealworms. £7.99 for 1L in HB and £4 in Wilko. Also, I got the seaweed feed for £4 in Wilko. I bought 2L's worth of mealworms.
 

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We dashed to see a place yesterday - a house with 180 foot garden. The front yard was beautifully done and yet the car was parked in front of the yard on the public road. The house was small and compact and inside the house there was a huge bird cage. The garden was beautifully decked by the man and after 70 foot of lawn, the rest was dedicated to sheds, cages and more cages - one for ferrets, one for hens, and an aviary for birds and about 5 more sheds. They couldn't move fast as they needed a seller and judging by the amount of stuff, they couldn't move fast, so one hope dashed.

It hardly rained last night, only a bit of constant drizzle. Must go to the allotment to inspect slug damage. I'm worried about my slug magnet - alstroemerias.
 

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Well, I think I have found a potential house with 90 foot garden. The house is too small, but the location is great and the garden big, but tons of slabs need to be lifted. :unsure: :eek: :banghead:

The previous owner was a keen gardener, but as health failed, he slabbed his garden! The house is small, but the other brand new 100 foot garden house was sold. Another with 125 feet also sold. Going to see one near Wyevale on Sunday. If I bought it, I could walk to Wyevale for bargains.

Paeonia lactiflora ‘Mr G.F. Hemerik’
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My petunia pirouette. Double Duo, lovely Calibrachoa and a magenta surfinia
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I hope I could keep their cuttings all through the winter.
 

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Ooops! Buyer pulled out this morning and I was soooooooooooo haaaaaaaaaaaaaappy!

I just couldn't deal with the stress. Saw a footballer's wife's house - all fluffy and minimal garden. Put in an offer and came home bursting into tears as I would never be happy there and the posh neighbours would abhor at my Kusco crowing! Not that I care, but it's inhumane to lock the hens up in such a confined space. Then I put an offer on a detached house on a great location, but replacing everything would drain my possible proceeds. I need the money to live on; and my estate agent didn't want me to buy it as they wanted me to buy the detached from them. This latter didn't seem to have gas central heating! I wouldn't mind if gas supply was already in situ. I had mine reconnected and it only cost me money to have the whole central heating installed. I remember I phoned National Grid to come and see if the supply could be reinstated. The young man sniffed and declared he smelt MONEY. I was jubilated. I got someone in to install the gas and after that, the kitchen was like a bomb site and it was like dealing with a void, I managed to get someone living nearby to install my kitchen.

I am not afraid of the work or renovation involved, but the cracks in the outside wall the strange facade did put me off. The "structural engineer" builder told me he would charge me £120 for the whole report. It's like being whacked before admitting guilty. Any way, I was travelling out of town every day to view 2 houses. The worst agency to deal with is Colourbricks. The man in my area ALWAYS rejected my requested viewing times. When I asked him to come and give me an estate, he said, "I live just up the road and I know the property value here, there is no way you can ask for that money!" That's it, I phoned up the central unit to make sure he would not come. That's the way estate agents sell your houses - name a low price and shift your property quickly. When I got an offer of £375K, the estate agent said I would never get an offer higher than that. I took the house back in and whilst everyone was celebrating Christmas, I was removing woodchips, and the dust of the rewiring went everywhere. I got £396k from the last buyer. The stress of having to move out quickly was impossible to describe. Just like the lovely couple who had 180 foot garden with an aviary, a huge upright hen coop, a ferret mansion. How do you expect them to move fast? I am going to find some more allotment plots to shift my plants a bit.

Now, I feel a void. Son and I agreed that we wouldn't put the house on the market until he has found a steady job. This job that he has now hasn't even paid him and he started the job 5 May. The petrol costs him a packet AND the hourly rate is mean! However, it's good that he has a job and through it, he learns a bit about work, his ability and real life such as pension, holiday pay, none of which he will be entitled to in this mean job.

The sun is out. Went to the allotment earlier and yet the lock to the shed jammed and to top it all, it rained. Richard told me to go to his shed whilst he was on his way out. But I decided to come home as I couldn't do anything without a fork and gloves. Got some pineapple bits, salad and even evil rhubarbs for my hens. Horrible tasting rhubarb! I mixed it with ice-cream, but no! Going to pick the small strawberries for me hens! So want to hold them, but at the moment, they are confined to my hen house and pet run. Goldie is not eating and is crowing like a hen! Some identity crisis!
 

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There is a clump of very dark cloud in the sky east of us, but the sun is shining through. Would love to have another day of rain as the butts are not completely full.

It took me 3 years to see this Mr G F Hemerik
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A tearose

Ballerina French lavender
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Candytuft - loyal and trusted.
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These altroemerias are so happy in my garden. No watering needed.

Knautia bought for bees!
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I ate one of these Borage flowers and the fishy, oily taste made me sick. Never again. Remember that girl who ate it raw in front of the camera!

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I'm rain poor whilst others are screaming for it to stop! Was watching Botany last night and forgot about GW! Love that programme!

Article on Giant Hogweed

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Translated into English - no rain today! Last night, I thought it was pouring down. No, it was the dishwasher!

My pink alstroemeria is blooming

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penstemons are out, but the Mother of Pearl and Sour Grapes are all nowhere to be found. :banghead: :cry::inpain:
 
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Hens have been having sweet corns, stirfry salad, melon strips for meals!

Got it all wrong! Caught several times by the flash rains! Went to see a house with a huge garden, big kitchen and yet it's 10 feet from a very busy road. The blessed dog made me want to puke! Poor thing! 15 years' old! I should have shown my clemency! But the smell was so upsetting and the owner was using a fume/perfume exhaling device!

Went to my fab gc and bought a lupin for £1, a peony Butterfly, Coral Sunset, Coral Fay. £3 each in a 2L and one with a 5L pot. How could I say no?

Just watched quite a few videos about how to make leaf mould, how to plant clematis. Ooops! I did it all wrong!

Lovely Begonia from last year!

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Who's been having a feast at my expense?! :banghead: :inpain: That's my iris seedhead!
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Lovely Petunia Pirouette!
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