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Agapanthus
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Above hydrangea could be vim red?


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pumpkin

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Cape fuchsia

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figs
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Cape fuchsia is very happy in the allotment.

a gourd (Indian) from a West Indian, Ben. He had loads to harvest today!
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Derbyshire was all over the news! Not good ones though! BBC kept repeating and it became a bit of voyeurist!

Was thinking of going out to work yesterday 7pm and it rained. Needless to say 5 minutes later, it stopped and it scuppered my chance of levelling a patch.

About the free squash, it tasted flat. Courgettes taste better. Something to bulk up my dinner last night - home grown tiny potatoes, shallots and very spicy chill and salt pork stripes from Lidl! Yummy dish though!

Some seeds are just a pain whilst some work miracle. The Petunia Pirouettes have been flowering non-stop for one whole month, whilst this pansies have just made their appearance 2 days ago.

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It's supposed to be black, but as you can see, my camera can't handle the colour!
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Penstemon Mother of pearl
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Yes, it's very sunny now.
 

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The weather is just all over the places - angry thick clouds, but no rain. Went out to do some tidying up, and found it was very humid. Now the sun is out.

Thank you Zenj for the heads up! Bought £9.50 worth of 10p and 30 p seeds in Wilko and best of all, got the last packet of Pak Choi. If I don't lose them, I don't need to buy seeds - lettuce, salad leaves - for at least 3 years and they WILL grow! Very pleased! :joyful:
 
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Well the weather been odd this week , got drenched to many times this week and when it rains it absolutely lashes it down, Its been quite warm today though but the heleniums and others aren't happy with the heavy rainfall to many plants with a lean on them. First day I've been able to cut the lawn since last week
 

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Well the weather been odd this week , got drenched to many times this week and when it rains it absolutely lashes it down, Its been quite warm today though but the heleniums and others aren't happy with the heavy rainfall to many plants with a lean on them. First day I've been able to cut the lawn since last week
I wish I got drenched. :banghead: :cry: I had just watered for an hour and 10 minutes and had been ravaged by mozzies. Literally had to squash oneon the outside of my small finger and they were taunting me right in the face several times. Now a cuppa is just what I need.

Talking about lean of plants. I have used quite a few sticks to prop up my plants, even the sedum reduced to 50p would not like to stand up.

You know my salvias, the owner replied and said he would send a replacement, after complaining about my complaint. Yesterday, I dug up one Bulleyana again and the root ball was so matted that I ripped quite a few bit off and replanted it after splitting it into 3. One is a bit suspect.

Went to the market and saw a yellow salvia macrophylla and a blue note. So want to buy them. Perhaps next week. And then there was a hibiscus which took my breath away. Similar to this one, but the out petals were more chiselled and defined. Very pretty, but she asked for £12.50! Oooops!
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Echinops are so photogenic! And all the bugs are mad for them!
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This one is fading!
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Thalictrum is so happy.
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Night Moth has a lovely colour. More violet than this!
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Joy - a very delicate pink!
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Yesterday, the weather was ideal for gardening, nice and cool and yet later it was very humid.

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And I am going to hunt for this hibiscus! I have now 6 more beans coming up, thanks for Monty's clip on direct sowing! Now there is only half an hour for the show, which is a shame. Caught up with Beechgrove already.

Such a shame that I can't go on holiday end of September as my son works an academic timetable. Would love to go to Wales again!
 

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Stunning photos and stunning flowers. Like the pollen dust on the bees! Glorious details!

We had a hot morning and a cloudy afternoon. Just perfect. Did tons of watering and created a raised bed in the garden. Wish I could hire a tanker to get the water from Derby!
 

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Good morning to a coolish day! Really lovely! Not humid, but sane and not miserable.

Really love your canna, Zenj! I had a few in a pot and then it died a month ago. I really should have replanted them. Cannas are hard work for me. Every time we went for our free horse manure, I saw nearly 10 stems of tall and handsome flowering cannas, They really were gorgeous and I had the impulse to stop and take some photos. As usual, these spots with handsome cannas and dark striking delphiniums were always around a bend where you couldn't stop! :banghead:

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Sprayed myself with Avon anti mozzies, and was thinking of watering the plants. Only managed a watering can. These daily watering seems to be unsustainable.

All the vegs I have tried to grow in the allotment turned out to be failure, apart from these lettuces
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Even these look like nightmare! But all the spinaches bolted, Wok Pak left leafless by SS. Only. Just the thought of having to wash these pathetic dirty and spotty looking things tires me no need.

Beans like these are OK.
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I have had more joy with flowers! White Echinacea is just lovely!
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I thought this was a dinner plate! No, only a side dish!
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It's been such a lot of fun having an allotment and making friends and having freebies. Huw went on holiday with his family and grandchildren and he said I could raid his greenhouse, provided that I would leave him with something! I sampled his wonderful raspberries yesterday and will raid his cucumber next Friday! Just the thought pleases this greedy gut!
 

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I will believe it when I see it. When the weather reporter said it would be muggy, I thought he was joking! 17c couldn't be muggy! He was right. It's the mugginess that woke me up.

I got 2 more alstroemeria at 2 to £3, one white phlox for £1, one Babadoes Aster for £2. I already had a Bahamas and a Girasol. Like them very much. Most of them are 2L pots, so very well pleased. Also had more seeds from Wilko. Wyevale are still doing theirs at half price!
 

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Stung by the bee/wasp again! My left hand is now swollen and skin very taut.

Zenj: One of your plants is an Aster. Is that right? I wonder if you have the name. I bought 2 Asters: Monch and Babadoes. I really like some of them. I have already split one into 2 or 3 and planted them mid border.

Lovely hibiscus
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This little blurred dot is actually orange in colour, which my camera renders into yellow. I initially thought it was a melon that I newly planted. I will reveal this little dot when it flowers!
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Alstroemeria
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I planted my plants so close that I didn't even know the Chilean Lantern had flowered. What a sweet surprise!
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Quite quaint! Happy snapping.
 

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What a funny name! Destined NOT to be remembered. LOL!

It was so cool and breezy that I actually weeded the front lawn which is always toooooo hooooot for me"

My left hand is so swollen that I think Bee sting venom must be very effective in ironing out wrinkles. The news said that Camilla Parker Bowles had this treatment and I have come to the conclusion that this can't be true.

Look at my hands and you can tell.

Stung left hand - not a line in sight
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Full of lines - a real spaghetti junction.
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Conclusion: She should have got a refund! LOL!

Heavens know how itchy and bloated my skin is. It feels like exploding and I want to scratch it so much.
 

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My swollen hand has now a blister. Much more swollen than before.

Some stunning photos here
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Zenj has one better than this, with a bigger bumble bee!
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Ideal weather for garden improvement

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Red hot poker at the back of the garden

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Last year's pelargonium - very pretty and scented.
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Begonia with interesting innards

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Remember me with beautiful fragrance!

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Sadly, this red rose isn't scented.

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Planted quite a bit of spring onion White Lisbon in the garden. Need to do some watering in the allotment.
 

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Your hand looks a mess alp , i put some cream on when stung by a wasp it stops it being itchy . I have a friend who allergic to wasp stings, he swells up really bad you may be allergic aswell ?
 
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Perki What kind of cream did you put on yours please? I put Salvon cream as there was a swelling with clear liquid inside. Just a tiny one, but the hand was very itchy and it was much worse this morning. I literally could not bend my fingers. I knew that would happen. I was blasee, and bang I got stung again. But this time, I didn't see the stinging pin! Last time, it was sticking up in the air. Now even the gaps in between the fingers are itchy.

Had been to the allotment and my hand could grip the watering can - I used 2 watering cans at the same time. So my left hand has a bit more flexibility. The plaster is where I was bitten by a mozzie! I am really allergic to these bugs as they will itch for more than half a year. My son suggests steroid cream!

Really is cruel as we are not allowed to use hose. So every time it was watering cans and whilst watering the plants, I also tend to water my shoes, skirt or trousers. A downright nuisance.

A lot of these dahlias

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A really big courgette in my own garden.
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First ripe tomato in the allotment. Son said it was OK. It was a bit raw still.
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My white echinacea! Very pleased!
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An antler split end biggish dahlia
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Really love it!

This is my new headache! Too big. Need to find a taker to share the joy (ooops!) Next to my June edition of RHS magazine! I still have another one the same size!:eek::unsure:
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Apparently, all the blackberries and raspberries are begging to be picked. Had some and they were delicious, apart from some sampled already by stinky bugs! LOL!

Perki Your flowers are so happy. You remember you sent me the Angelica seeds which I failed to sow properly. I can see it is a serious bee magent! Amazing! I have at most 4 bees on one echinops. Yesterday morning, a huge hornet came buzzing and I was so scared. I surely didn't want to be bitten by this yellow big hornet. I remember taking my clothes inside the living room from the garden washing line. A huge buzz came out of the pile. I was so scared.

Do you know if your Allium sphaerocephalon sets seeds please? Stunning photos, Perki! Such a happy composition. My border is full of gaps!
 
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Well, if it has rained, it's very little as the ground has dried up and even the pipes are not dripping. Very little new rainwater in the butts. Another big disappointment. It's supposed to be raining 50% now, but it's NOT raining. My hope dashed, AGAIN! Very little wind.

Went out to have a meal last night. The restaurants were all very busy and the one we went to was so noisy even though it was nearly 9pm when we went in.

Our council has started charging car parking outside the one we like in Upminster, so we didn't go to our favorite. Couldn't believe that even on a Thursday, it was so busy.

These plants have flowered sporadically - quite distinctive.
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Scented Remember me!
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Harunite scented beauty - Rosa (Claire Marshall)
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The roses biological clocks are chiming - all flowering at the same time.

This flower is really pretty, albeit short-lived.
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I have now several pots of Park Choi growing inside my lean-to. I will add the Romaine to them. I know if I planted them outside, I would have nothing but rubbishly spotted leaves and they would be nothing but meals for SS!
 

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alp if you want rain I will send you some, torrential rain here pond overflowing and still pouring down should clear around lunch time than winds and more rain :(
 
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alp if you want rain I will send you some, torrential rain here pond overflowing and still pouring down should clear around lunch time than winds and more rain :(
I know! I want to send you some sunshine and you me rain! The world is so cruel! Even I got depressed looking at your weather reports and mine! But you don't know, you can keep a greenhouse or polytunnel and rain is not so much a problem! Here, I'm surgically attached to two watering cans or metered water hose! It hurts the coffre!

Even the drizzle has stopped! My tears are more powerful than the fine mist called rain! Bah! I'm such a bore!

You know, we are all linguists! Linguists of plants and now I'm becoming a linguist of chickens. My hen would poke her head in her hatching unit and looking at me with begging eyes, as if saying, "You see, I have no food in the feeding tub!" I would feel sorry for her, especially remembering the horror movie she witnessed when her partner was torn headless by the fox who went behind the cage and tore half of the skin of her front. :eek: :banghead::cry::cry::cry:! Then I would feed her, change her water, all the time thinking that I was a good mama! But then she would go moaning and moaning and I then realised that she wanted mealworms:notworthy::notworthy:. I've bought quite a few packets and considering what they have been through, I don't really mind. Mortality of mine or theirs!?

But today, I had really had enough! I realise that the language is that if I feed her, all the mealworms will be gone and all the other feeds ON THE FLOOR! And the feeding tub would be empty and I would feel sorry for the poor mite and the thing goes full circle .... I feel like sweeping up the feeds on the floor and let her eat cake, er, no, leftovers!

Another funny thing is that the little yellow/white hen had been looking dead for days. My heart bled! I was with my glove, thinking of burying her to benefit my plants. But no, she budged!:unsure:! To please her because of her possible short life, I fed her with mealworm swhen she was totally flat on the ground. Suddenly, the near-dead bird did a somersault - head FIRST! o_Oo_Oo_O I was surprised she didn't break her neck! What a shock I had! Well, a sweet surprise as well and also the epiphany of the power of mealworms! Yesterday, to pretend the 2 other healthier chickens standing on her or eating from her corner, I locked her inside the cage with tons of mealworms and fresh food and today, she perched on the drinking tub:happy:! Why do they have such horrible habit - perching on their drinking tub and pool in it! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
 

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