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Mozzie season is here! Bitten everywhere - butt, neck, ankle.. Very uncomfortable.

Did another round of watering and went to the allotment yesterday and did another heavy watering session.

Hydrangea Curly Sparkler - very happy!

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Hydrangea probably one of the Vim's
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Agapanthus flowering soon!
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Hagley Hybrid
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One of the lacecaps
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Could be paniculata
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Show a short lily - full of fragrance though
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Agastache Kudo Gold
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Eryngium.
 

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Yesterday, I spent 5 hours clearing all the horrible jasmine I bought years ago and strategically positioned to hide a broken fence. Their vines twined together like some rastafarian hair style, but stronger and more handsome, like some mother's lovely handiwork! Their vines were so strong that I needed to remove them as the fence is old and there are holes and missing bits of slats.
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Whilst digging the border, found some dead plants in pots which I had wanted to move with me. Now they are dead and I'm still here! But I have found an oak seedling growing inside this pot. Quite amazing.

Also, having so many plants made me forget some until I saw a spot of colour

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Forgot my camera outside and it was the only night it rained. I had 1/5 of a butt and it's now drizzling. Thank you to whoever who's gifting me the rain. Much needed and appreciated.
 

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5.52am and I have already just done an hour of watering using metered water. It was cold and I am glad that I used a hose as I want to make sure I give the plants a good send off. Even that, part of the garden has not been watered properly.

This is not mine, but masses of delphiniums grown for confetti making! So beautiful!
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This has been a strange year as most of my dahlias have not shown up any leaves at all. The SS have had a field day and all I have seen are short tender stems with no further growth. Very sad.

Was watching John Massey's Ashwood Garden again. So beautiful! I kept asking myself,"Why don't I move to a far flung place and buy 2 or 3 acres of land? Would have been perfect if flanked one side by a lake or canal! Why are you struggling with 3 bed semi?"

The nasty Fox seemed to have gone for my lawn or it could be hedgehog..

View attachment 55909 some critters who want to go to Australia by digging. Some critters walked all over my Salvia Patens and snapped 3 long stems, grass patches flung over the turf, holes dug next to my tree lilies which are dwarf! Only 3 feet and it's the 2nd year.

Snow in the Summer are very happy

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One of the flower shows featured Dianthus - this one has the most incredible fragrance. I am searching for an Octopus as mine has all died.
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Jackmanii is one of my favorites - unique colour
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One of the jasmines which I will never get rid of, but it would be potted. I am sick and tired of ivy from next door or my own climbers breaking my fence or growing through them. From next door.

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Here's my 3rd dahlia

Beautiful just beautiful
 
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Hi, @Silentrunning ! Are you still toying with the idea of snowdrops? Just start with Wendy's Gold or Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye' and not the common snowdrops such as Nivali!

DrCase: Delphiniums are truly beautiful. We have now in this country flowers grown for crops such as Lavender. As delphiniums are perennial, they are good investment and just like your impeccable lilies which smile at your every year.

Lovely weather today

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Hopefully, I can stay in the garden all day. Need to spruce up the garden and sell the house in the winter. Now, I'm just escaping the heat. Thinking of buying a sun sail or knocking up a pergola. Wonder which one is a better idea. I do need something to protect the teak furniture which is now inside my lean to.

Oh, dear! A man came knocking at the door and politely told me to get rid of my noise nuisance Kusco. We now caged him inside the workshop. Unfortunately, I have found another female which croaks like him! :eek: :banghead: The man made a loopy sign saying that the noise nuisance aka Kusco was driving him mad. I need to monitor the situation.

The Samsung camera is fortunately working

Noise nuisance - aka Kusco
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The lovely beans we had for dinner last night
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Once cooked, they are green! Strange that cooking destroys the purple pigment.

My petunia surfinia and pirouettes are doing very well
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Delicate thalictrum - a worthy plant which survives the winter!

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One of the tree lilies, but a bit short!
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Dahlia could be Fire and Ice!
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Hydrangea French Can Can - really lovely
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Very strange as it looks really dark outside. Just did an hour or more of watering and when the tap water hit the soil, it smelt like it hadn't rained for a long time. Very sad state of affairs and it was just like last year. Mind you, last year, most of the country were crying for rain; this year, only me in the this rain allergic spot.

Gorgeous weather for me
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Just pining for rain!

Whilst water, I saw 2 lovely lilies. Will snap them later.
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This one below could be On stage
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Very first courgette!
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Could be Cerise Queen
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This could be Paprika. I think the pound shop Cerise Queen is brilliant!
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I suddenly realised that I hadn't bought Sour grapes. The label was wrong. It is so much darker in colour. Geeee! Sour Grapes is always sour to me!
 

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Morning all dull and drizzle today ,will be off the map for 8 days from tomorrow heading to Sweden to see eldest son and family.:)
 

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Awwwww! Just thinking about the lake makes me smile! Hope you have a nice week off. We are dull too, but I am drizzling with perspiration. Removed most of the honeysuckle and clematis montana rubens. Pretend planted some fruit trees, some bamboos in tubs as I don't want them to move towards the sun, encroaching onto the lawn. In the process of doing so discovered a lot of dahlia new growths.

Freegled some plants and now off to lunch and then to the tip to get rid of all the climbers.
 

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Oh, Perki! Your lawn is gorgeous! Well done. Such a lovely result. I wonder if Eryngium self seeds like the way they do here! The alliums are quite fun to snap. What are they exactly? We have no allium flower for a long time., except a conical shape one. Will take a photo tomorrow.

Been to the allotment and quite a few plants looked dying. So dry and the soil was so weird. Like some solid sand with no nutrients at all. Watered about 20 rounds plus. A man loaded 5 watering can in his wheelbarrow in one go. LOL! I might do that.

Agapanthus already in flower!
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Love my Curly Sparkler!
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Sweet Sultan - my first flower ever! Yeah!
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Sorry couldn't say anything earlier had a visitor just arrive when I was uploading.

The lawn doing ok , it looks good some days other days not as well as I hoped :unsure: going to over seed this week but I will give it a iron feed first it will green it up and make the turf stronger.

The allium is Miami I forgot I planted them , got them from Lidl just for the sake of buying something, had a long journey looking for allium purple rain so thought why not . They are much bigger than the little bulbs were letting on and flowered later than all my other alliums but for summer drummer, they look nice next to my ligularia little rocket.

Annoyingly the purple meconopsis has returned and its still the same colour , its not a patch on my blue ones, you can just make it out above astrantia roma.
 
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I have found my astrantia and don't think it will flower. But astrantia is new to me. Really have no idea if it will flower this year. But the leaves have bulked up a bit. Purple or violet meconopsis looks nice in your garden with so many allium and violety colour. I would LOVE to have yours, only to kill it. My 3 amigos have all died. This year, they don't even bother to show their faces. Meconopsis and me just don't mix! :banghead: :mad:

Just watered the garden and come in with more mossie bites - next to the left eye, front of the right leg which has already been plagued with scabs and numbed area!

If I see this allium Miami again, I will buy them. They are very low maintenance and some do set seeds readily. My gigantea is happily seeding, but the globemaster and the other one are not functioning. Haven't seen any globemaster. Very disappointed.

Perki: If you see my lawn, you will be very happy with yours. The heat and lack of moisture have left me with bald patches. Now that I have used metered water to water my plants, I don't think I will spend money rescuing the bald patches.

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A very old packet of seeds given by a lady called Delore. We chatted a bit in a supermarket and she offered me her compost bin. Went to her house and she also offered this carrot seeds. Must be about 4 to 6 years ago. Grew them in a tiny pot. Not bad for such an old bag of seeds.

My beloved Thalictrum Delavayi
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Sweet peas grown from seeds and the whole garden is drifting with perfume, from dianthus, jasmines, lilies and star jasmine!
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A cross breed from my yellow and pink alstroemerias
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Fragrant lily, not so perfect as those of @DrCase 's though!
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Anaemic tree lilies - barely 4 feet tall.

And most prolific AGM Madame Julie Correvon. Wonderful asset to any garden - long flowering and reblooming
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Do you dig in lots of organic matter when planting certain plants alp ? it will help retain moister for plants like astrantia. You may struggle growing allium globemaster from seed its supposed to be sterile .
 
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Good morning to all: @DrCase You're being polite. I saw the edge of the near perfect big lily had its petal eaten along the edge when yours are perfect, spotless and glorious. Now,I have lost the knack of killing the lily beetles. They escaped my clumsy fingers and fell onto the floor, belly up. So after baring down at the soil, I give up.

Perki I had a bit of horse manure chucked in last year, and have added tons of materials over the year. This morning, I added a bit of seaweed for feed, I just have to wait and see; but I admit defeat, as I have tried for more than 3 years and this year, I bought a REAL PLANT. I saw a bit of leaves. I also bought 2 plants before, but no joy. I will keep a close eye on it. But I also need to keep a close eye on Lobelia Stipa, Echinacea Twister, .. my tiny Jacaranda, ...

Very unsettling news in the world. Wish people supposedly leading the world think before they tweet! Words have consequence.

No rain for me! Two splits teased me and I came in after half an hour of watering. Planted out some Toms from seeds gathered from Lidl. Should have kept some sugardrop and they are all in form of tom juice in the freeze for making son's favorite spaghetti.

Globemaster I bought in bulb, but I have now found some big alliums don't produce seeds. Any way, they didn't do well, apart from the Gigantea which you teased me about, Perki! LOL! I thought they would flower their socks off, just like the Cristophiis spreading like wild fires in my garden.

Incidentally, caught up with all the Hampton Court episodes. I really like them as at the end, they asked the experts about problem solving and all the great and good dished out invaluable advice about agapanthus, acer .. much more useful than phrasing praise which is tiresome ...
 

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Very sunny, but very enjoyable with a cool breezy and I have been saved from the mozzies so far.

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There will be no rain!

Went to the allotment yesterday and an allotmenteer gave me some lovely courgettes. Also invited me to pick his giant blackberries. Felt like ripping up my tiny specks of black raspberries. His neighbour had some enormous raspberries and nobody was picking or enjoying them. Shop bought standard. Must get some cuttings.

Saw this fabulous bird feeder and couldn't help myself from snapping

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One of my argy..ums! Very pretty and it was so dry in the allotment that I mulched with tons of wood chips. I was horrified by the rampant weeds.
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Got about 4 hydrangea paniculata
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My favorite is this Curly Sparkler!


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This person was so lucky. I have never seen one in real life!
 
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A very sad day - my beloved beautiful but a bit strange Goldie and a silkie female have been had by the fox. :banghead: :mad::inpain::banghead::cry::cry::cry:! Should have put them to bed myself as I had noticed a dip in the ground. Can't believe 2 of them. Very sad. Looks like a violent death, feathers everywhere.

This keeping chickens business is a bit frustrating. The layers are very rude, rough and fussy. Just don't know what they would eat. Everything got stood on. Even the metal feeders can't escape being stood on and heavy ceramic water feeder turned upside down. Now I have another female turned male croaking non-stop. Goldie's death really is demoralising and unfair. I have only myself to blame. :cry::cry::cry::cry::cry:
 

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Was watering the plants, and there was a bit of drizzle and I thought, "Yeah, right! Pull another one!"

After I had done the most important bit of watering, it started to rain earnestly. So happy. At least a bit of rain. Won't be much as the sky is not laden with clouds.

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My lobelia stipas are about 3 inches tall. I wonder what my chances of having flowers this year are!

My microSD cards have been corrupted and so no photos to upload.


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My first poker
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My lilies at the front
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Stunning perfect Franz Kafka x 2! What a joy to behold. Should have planted them next to my Thalictrum!

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Sympathy to those caught up in floods caused by Barry in the US! Very sad!
 

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Had a very busy day yesterday. Cleared the legacy compost bin (one out of 3) to make room for the horse manure. Did a lot of mulching and the weather was ideal. Need to empty all of the compost bins and generally make room probably for a greenhouse.

Bought a white Penstemon, a Green Jewel Echinacea (hopefully as this nursery is famous for wrong labelling and the owner was rude and patronising. She had a tray of deep purple penstemon labelled as Sour Grapes and I was too happy to see one for sale at £2.75. Came home and took photos and realised that couldn't be Sour Grapes. We went there yesterday and found a whole tray wrongly labelled. She also had a double white hellebore labelled as Black hellebore double and it is now taking up space in my garden. She argued that not a whole of them were wrongly labelled and asked me to dig it up and return it and she will refund me. How about the inconvenience it caused me? I will keep it and hopefully, the other one growing in my garden with buds could be a Sour Grapes.

Some of the plants flowering in my allotment.

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Sweet Sultan which I have raised from seeds. I think everybody should raise plants from seeds and plant them en masse
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Good news - We defeated NZ in Cricket and Hamilton won Silverstone! Federer! :banghead: :inpain: :cry:
 
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Funny that Ashley Giles, Executive of the English Cricket Board, smiled when asked about the umpire's mistake! Well, there are always dubious umpire mistakes. It went our way this time. Such a good weekend.

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Hope this makes sweet memory for Prime Minister May (photo source The Sun) Need to find a decent photo for this occasion.

I hope Federer will beat Djok soon, just to overcome the psychological barrier.

Not much going on in the garden. Yesterday, went to the allotment and cleared the compost bins.

Going to be a scorcher

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Certainly NOT Sour Grapes!
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Wonderful Thalictrum - oh so small!
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This dahlia is very happy.
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