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Having a bit of of token rain right now.
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So glad that I can actually hear the rain - I hope it rains properly for an hour as my garden needs it.

Glad that I watered the allotment plants yesterday. My Lobelia Tupa shaping up nicely. Glad that I have 4 or 5 in the allotment as they are actually flowering now whilst those (2 ripped up by foxes) at home are not even showing signs of flower spike.

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Dahlia Blue Bayou is very prolific, but the shapes are not exactly those advertised.
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This is a most beautiful big split end cacti dahlia.
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Headache 1
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An ageing Veronne's Obsidian.
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Headache 2
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Very intriguing flower! Black Honka
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Gladioli are so delicate. The magenta one is a bit iffy - showing diseases in the flower!
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of token

Yesterday, I sowed some Helenium Autumnale Leaves, some echinacea and I hope to sow some more today.
 

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Dorian has certainly wreaked havoc
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Here, we have windy weather and it has turned distinctly chilly.
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Guess what? It IS raining now! Great!

Spent half a day putting up a chicken wire fence all the way across with the elderly neighbour as foxes had jumped up the gap and turned over quite a few pots. Now I have tiny short fences everywhere. So glad that I got the 10m chicken wire for £2 years ago. Came in so handy yesterday. 10m is not to be sneezed at. Very difficult to find these bargains these days. I remember I could get a tray of delphiniums - very pretty ones at that - for £1 or £2 and now, I can't even find them in diy stores.

Repotting quite a few plants yesterday and started eating another enormous courgette yesterday. This one was better as the skin and the flesh were not that tough. Sowed another tray of salad.

Last few of RHS Wisley

Another trial area - I remember they used to have tons of eryngiums here - now it's grasses and ..
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Rudbeckia and helenium
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I really like this colour. It's an Aster
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RHS is big on Cornus Controversa Variegatas - 3 of them along an avenue near the front - and one with a bit of red in the leaves. Very pretty once they are established.
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A perfect day for weeding for me.

I have bought several Viburnum including one unknown, 2 Kilimanjaros, 2 or 3 Mariesiis and then I realised that I didn't have a big garden like Monty! Bit embarrassing:unsure:! But when they were reduced to £1, how could I say no?!
 

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Well, my Green Twister Echinacea is not going to flower this year. Just when I was congratulating myself on the success of my fences, I saw a box of bonemeal on the lawn, torn and content spilt. Then I saw my ONLY green Twister Echinacea being uproooted, with a very tenuous hold to the ground. I only found out this when I physically moved the plant to a sunnier spot. Literally only the bottommost bit of the roots was still in the soil. I removed it to the hottest spot where it will have the longest hours of sunshine and after several attempts at watering, it was still limp like a damp squid collapsed on the ground. Just gone outside and had a look. The poor plant is still not perking up:mad: :cry::banghead::inpain:!

Then there is the yellow pallida echinacea, called Paradoxa, a tiny clump with thin blades and NO buds. And to top my misery, the weather has turned cold and will keep being cold. I wish I had bought one WITH flower in a Surrey garden centre and it was only £3! I bought my plant for £3.99! Lesson I have learned: coming to Echinacea, but plant with FLOWERS!

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Well, I have this photo to cheer me up! LOL!

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Great weather for pottering in the garden! Please spare me any nasties in my garden!

Yesterday, I was removing thorns from a very thorny rose! £1 for a very fragrant rose - I just couldn't say no! But thorns will have to go.

Most of the plants around this Centaurea have been reduced to clear ground - my giant ballerina lavender has only some bare stems to show for itself. Agapanthus alba seed heads crushed to the ground, Whilst I separated a clump of Penstemons into 6 pots yesterday, my Apple Blossom is gone and so is another one. But this centaurea has burst out singing!
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Cacti and deer antler dahlia - not so spectacular as the one in the allotment though!
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This one has gone very well
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And every year, it has a deviant flower, at least!
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Nature at one of its sweetest moments

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Dorian Shocking story caused by this storm. :cry: :inpain: I feel the pain.

Yesterday morning, I was tracing some money which I sent on 5th and was attempting to change my password several times. Suddenly, there was a pop up notice, saying plug-in blocked due to illegal activity. A few minutes after that, the phone rang. I got a recorded message saying that my internet would be stopped from the next 24 to 48 hours due to illegal activities and I was told to press one to find out more. A woman with SE Asian sub-continent accent answered and said, "Welcome to the BT..." I told her that I was not with BT and she said it didn't matter and that BT was the carrier, which I knew. I had the feeling that it was a dodgy call. I had great difficulty understanding her words, so I said, "Call me when you can speak properly!" That was a bit rich as I couldn't speak very well myself. She immediately terminated the call. Hehe! I felt my intuition vindicated. Beware of this official sounding message on the phone and that aliens have taken over our internet, enabling them to send pop up message via the internet provider. I was using MacBook Pro as son vehemently declared that my Toshiba windows laptop had been a bot since time immemorial!

I remember last year a man with American accent called me trying to discuss some of the duddy shares I had. Yes, I had been on the Suckers' list. I told him I didn't want to trace them via him and I put down the phone. The man just wouldn't take no for an answer and called back to remonstrate with me. I put down the phone again after telling him to get a real job. No, he just wouldn't stop. In the end, I unhooked the phone. I remember my late father in law said he would pretend not to be himself and tell the caller to wait whilst he's trying to fetch "himself"! Of course, he just left the nuisance caller hanging on the phone. I did say to him that it's not nice. Now, I'm actively doing this. How time and experiences change you!

I planted out some more White Lisbon spring onions and will plant out some more salad leaves and Pak Choi. All my Pak Chois are now indoors as it would be a waste of time and money to leave them outside. Slugs, caterpillars ... I removed two very strong looking Pak Chois indoors only to see all the green leaves turned into green tiny balls on the soil. It was then I realised two caterpillars were destroying my plants right under my nose. No bargain hunt for me today as son is working. Hope you all come home with deals ..
 

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Ouch! 8c here in East London
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Yesterday's washing failed to dry properly because we came home late.

My eyes must be failing me! Yesterday, I saw a green soft ball in my growing area bordering neighbour's dwarf wall. On closer inspection, it turned out to be a melon. I was thrilled as I had given up hope on them. I sniffed and stared to look for those small fruits I had once or twice detected along the long stalk and found none. To find one suddenly this big was such a sweet surprise.

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Of course, I would be happier if there is a Pied de Selno, but beggar can't be chooser!

Indoor Pak Chois - a bit small, but not bad!
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In the allotment, another Black Honka

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More Blue Bayou.
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Found my old favorite Rajman Firecracker dahlia !
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Managed to kill Hazy Days! Saw it dead inside a pot

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Yesterday, I was amazed to see a new dahlia which had wonderful lotus like flower. I immediately took loads of photos, only not to find them in the SD card.

But it's something like this
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This year has been diabolical for dahlias. Some was damaged by fox and slugs and are still showing tiny new growth.
 

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No wonder it's so dark! And the ground is slightly wet.

A frantic day of bargain hunting and now my place is now officially a nursery! :unsure: :cat:

Shock horror! Went to Wyevale in Chelmsford - well, son loves driving and indulging me, as well as arguing with me, LOL! It is now Longacres and full of 6 plants for £8.99! So far 2 Wyevales have been taken over - one by Hillier and another by Longacres. The prices are reasonable, but the plants are small and pathetic and might not overwinter. Can't really turn one plant into six! Did buy 6 plants including a Love and Wishes again, Blue note, a white/pink Gaura, and on top of the 6 plants, an iris Sibrica. Then went to BQ, because the proximity to Longacres, the next-door BQ had a lovely collection of Salvias - Golden Girl, and quite a lot others. Didn't buy anything there, but it was an eye opener and a feast for the eyes!

Any way, in another proper Wyevale, bought a tall Wisteria White flowers for £10. 2 2L pots of Box and another tray for £1. A mini tunnel for £5. Another lovely experience was that we went to Greenbrook again. Unlike other nurseries, this place was still singing, dancing and smiling with fresh rigor. For the other places, everything seems to be on sale and flowering waning, and some places with closing down look. Will upload some photos of this lovely well-tended nursery later.

I wish I had bought a Hydrangea Annabelle for £7 and Echinacea Paradoxa in Surrey. The prices there were cheap.

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Cool and sad


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Only a very tiny bit of rain from yesterday. Will do a lot of watering later as the soil in certain area was bone dry.

Had Pak Chois last night - verdict - a bit tough, not so good as Lidl's

Centaurea has a second florish - very unexpected. Like the pink one more, but I only have this blue one.
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Pak Choi and now I need to sow more.
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Quite a few crickets this year. They probably knew we won the cricket world cup!
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Yesterday, I found out that the only Lord Lambourne apple fell onto the ground.

I have only one of this Red Rocket - hope it stays on until it's ripe.
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A bit breezy, but not exactly cold. Woken up to the constant repetitive screaming of the rooster, Hope that neighbour is not going to complain again. I nearly had 2 rooster, but the other one died mysteriously. Had the feeling that the cage was too small - the town was too small for the two of them.

Went to the allotment and come home with most of the big uns'

Got an email saying that my local Wyevale is turning into British Garden Centre in October and customers are encouraged to go to the clearance. If you have one nearby, do go. I got an Early Sensation Clematis for £1. 2 trays of boxus for £1 each over the weekend. A branded rose for £2. I even ventured out into Iris Sibirica, 2 with a silver edge and one normal and looked a bit sad. It might end in tears! Sad as I do like to go to Wyevale and their plants are big and healthy and I sort of just got the drill of their calendar!

Serious weeding is called for in the allotment. I am still waiting for the Green Twister there and here to throw up buds! Will someone pray for me? Crumbs 911 is near. I'm having jitters even though I am not American!

Zenj's Fish and chip got a mention in the paper!
 

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Went to Wyevale again and got another wisteria white for £5, Azaleas and rhodo - all £1 each. Trying to create a moist and cooler area for some of my plants in the garden yesterday.

Put it simply: no rain for the foreseeable future!

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£1 Daphne Princess
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My argy'mum is flourishing!
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Really like this flower as the flowers are much bigger!
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More Daphne - one could be aeromarginata
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This is a Garrya Elliptica
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Already showing its tassels
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Loads of these Patty pans - powdery and not a patch on courgettes!
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These lettuces are doing very well.
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Was very busy yesterday. Planted out a white wisteria - I reckon I can leave £5 here and I'm taking cuttings or layering.

Going to be a lovely day

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The Gaura I bought from Longacres


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Yesterday, I worked hard at this area, The only shaded area - planted out several Iris Sibricias - one with lovely silvery edges. I split them into various smaller plants.

Bought several Daphnes - Princess (not planted here, obviously a very versatile Daphne and can take a lot of heat), Bholua, Spring Beauty and 3 different Aureomarginata! Please gift me your perfume!
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Dahlia - one fo the best performers for me. Tons of my previous friends have been trying to throw up shoots or just sit there with tons of leaves. Very disappointing year for dahlia.
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Bought this Lobelia - real statuesque beauty and I now have red, pink (Compton Pink - most beautiful), purple and one like magenta or purple.
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I stumbled into these two round melony sweet surprise. Ah, too late. I will collect seeds and try again EARLY next year. But hey, don't knock 'em!
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And I thought I had cured of my chickens' fussiness over their feeds. I have tried 3 different kinds of pellets and they turned up their noses. Then I stopped feeding them until they had learned not to overturn the feeding tray. Last few days, I went to the coop and saw clean floor and clean trays and was very pleased with myself. Late afternoon, went again and saw A MOUSE!

Now, that's why it has been clean everywhere! Out came my peppermint essential oil. Difficult as mouse/rat is still part of the food chain; but the idea of them gnawing something inside my property is just a bit scary. Peppermint oil is useful, and I thank Zenj for that.
 
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WOW! That's so beautiful. I have one too, minus the flower. Bought very late, and now 4 strands of strings sowing! :cry: :banghead: That's what you get for 50p reduced clearance stuff! Very pretty. Please take more photos!

Just come back from town centre. The black grapes from Alid was deliciously sweet and it's only £1.19! So hungry that I ate some on the way home! Nearly 3pm.

All the reduced plants from Wyevale in Ongar have GONE! Thought I might be able to pick up some conifers, but none left. Going to sit for to unwind. Have been to the allotment as well. Thought I bought Creme de Cassise. Well, another wrong dahlia in the packet.
 

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Seems to be ideal weather for pottering in the garden. I want to plant some more mature plants and age the garden a bit.

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Planted some beans at the end of August and was pleasantly surprised to see beans and I harvested about 10 yesterday for dinner. Roasted half a bit squash yesterday. Going to plant some lettuces later and use the cloches I bought and hope it can help me sow cabbages or cauliflowers next year.

Might go to the seaside to pick up some seaweed above the shoreline for my plants.
 

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Went to another Wyevale, but only the seeds were cheaper. 20p instead of 50p.

Did a bit of separating hellebores, but it was too hot, so gave up. People were stewed in rain and I was drenched in sweat! I do believe I get hot and sweaty too readily.

Son told me I could get to a nursery in half an hour. He was thinking in terms of his car speed. It took me more than an hour and there was nothing much.

Got rid of part of Patty pan plant. Not impressed with the texture of flavour (as if there were any!)

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Still have some in the allotment.

Going to grow my lettuce outside now that I have some burnt bits from my bonfire yesterday. Only way to stop the slugs. I will use it sparingly.

Another very hot day
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26c! Oh la la! Read the RHS magazine en route to the gc and found out that the change in temperatures means we can have longer flowering period for salvias! I wish! Those dried up prune, er, no, Salvias that I bought earlier are still clinging to the soil with leaves and that's my luck. Chance of any flowers is dismal. £5 each and no flowers. I would rather go to my favorite gc and see what they have reduced. We gardeners live in hope - hope to see the flowers next year! Hopeless romantics we are!
 
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Hi looks like you've still got the weather alp , 26'C it only 13'C here and tomorrow 14'c but supposed to warm up and be drier over next week . Were going to go to Harrogate Autumn Flower show today but when I got up it were raining again, was still thinking of going still but its no good walking around in wet clothes and it had forecast rain later as well :( I didn't go last year either because of the weather , I believe its moving as well ( the Autumn show ) up the road to ripon to a large garden called Newby Hall,looks like a nice big garden with huge herbaceous borders so maybe next year I'll get to go :unsure:

I was hoping to get some bulbs from Harrogate but obviously haven't so I've been online instead looking for bulbs instead. Think I'll get them from peter nyssen this year , other suppliers seem quite expensive now especially for tulip bulbs .
 

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We are going to ours on 22nd as son doesn't have to work on Sundays. Flower shows are flogging quite expensive stuff. I wish to go on Saturday when we will have a longer day, but as son has to work, very little I can do.

Your garden is going strong, Perki! Such a lovely and rich display. Mine is full of gaps and holes.Foxes don't help - they scraped away my plants and created holes and retarded the growth of my dahlias. Amazing that your greenhouse is still full of stuff. My propagators have been retired as the lack of moisture has killed a lot of cuttings. The soil was so dry. I kept putting cuttings in and they kept dying on me. I then realised my whole lean to is a giant propagator.

I have now 2 greenhouses waiting for me to be put back up. But to be honest, this area, especially the south and west facing aspects of my garden, is so hot that there is really no need for a greenhouse. It was so hot yesterday when travelling in the car. So all Wyevales are sold - the one near us to Lincolnshire brothers Briggs, one in Chelmsford to Longacres which is already up and running. Rayleigh could be to propeerty developer and Ongar one could be to another one. Went to one Harlow Garden Centre and it was most beautiful - even with a train running for fun at the end of the garden. Very beautiful gc and it was owned by Blue Diamond.

Had a fun day yesterday.

I bought a yellow Agastache, a red echinacea Tomato soup, another tray of box, a tub of fat balls at £4 for 50.

Yes, serious hot days ahead

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I wish I could dish out some sunshine! Scared of the stuff! Only good thing is that gas bill might be a bit lower, but the lack of rain will seriously work me hard!
 

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Spent about 5 hours watering and a tiny bit of weeding in the allotment plot. Right at the end, it rained. Well, not for a long time, probably 5 minutes. It really was a perfect day for gardening. No sun and low humidity and a gentle breeze. Just lovely.

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Giant parsley

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Juicy plum toms - very nice!

Lobelia Tupa is really SLOW!

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Mind you, those at home are not even showing these wonderful spikes!
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One half of this seems to be dying. Have to say, a most beautiful dahlia! Need to take some basal cuttings.
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I lost the labels again!

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A different one and I like this more!
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Just love gaura. Shame the one on the front lawn was killed probably by snow.
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50p for gladioli with 3 different colours - lilac, yellow and red! Not bad!
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Black Honka
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Creme de Cassis with black stems - just like a lotus
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Some dahlias at home are still sulking - I panic a bit as it is already so late!
 
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Want to like again, and again! Stunning clarity and beautiful flowers!:joyful::joyful::joyful::joyful: :joyful:

Need to sort out my home insurance. It was so hot outside that I had to beat a retreat. Even sun-loving Peter in the allotment said Sunday was too hot for him! :unsure: ;)

Wonder what's the name of that beautiful spider Aster. I really like it. I saw one similar, but son's data threw up something small and there was no other way to verify the size of the flowers as I really don't like the tiny one mentioned by Monty. Must look out for the name.
 

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