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Agree! Aster is really a gem! I have so many of them and I intend to get to the bottom! LOL! I kept watering them and there are now lots of basal plantlets asking me to divide them. I saw a Novi?? purple or violet one in Wisley and I so want to have one. I really like Monch the big starry one. I have one with such a label, but the flowers seem to be round rather than a big starry daisy. Now I have Barbados, Bahamas, Monch, Island, Girasol and they all are flowering happily. I really love Bahamas and last week when the sun came out, bees were buzzing, totally inebriated and with that level of sunshine, it was a lovely sight!

Yesterday morning, we went to get the rest of free new paving bricks and then I removed neighbour's tree (top half of it as it's hanging over my garden. Quite a big tree which took quite a lot of brute force - sawing and chisel, anything that made the upper trunk move. It came down very neatly. Now, my plants can see more light. I planted a Leucothoe Keiskei there and I was very confused as research says it needs shade and then it needs sun. Anyway, it's near the shady part of the garden, very dry and shady! Now that big top is gone, hopefully, my bamboos will grow straight. I have a Euonymus European Cascade which could be a big tree and I don't know whether to put it to ground as I'm scared of the words large tree!

We have solid heavy rain at about 4 to 5pm. We hadn't had such soaking rain for a long time. How do you keep the slugs and snails at bay in rain sodden Lancashire? Perki, do you have seeds for your very tall plants such as Eupatorium please? Can I swap something with you please? I really want a sanguisorba officinalis or any tall plants which can be left at the back of my border. Incidentally, you can take bog sage cuttings very easily. Most of my plants are from cuttings.

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Ideal day for clearing things up in the garden. Very disappointed that those £4 to £5 salvias brought have done nothing, apart from starting at me! :banghead: :unsure:! I hope they overwinter well. My heart misses a bit when I think about the killing power of winter!

I ordered one trillium, some more erythroniums, and even one hepatica! Oh, dear! Hepaticas can be so pricey and beautiful! o_O

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This one above was £790!

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Japan is the holy grail for hepaticas! Amazing tiny beauties. Don't think I will have money to buy any more - but one for fun! :cat:

All the plants I want were sold out! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr and it's only October. I must mark on the calendar to get what I want next year.

Viburnum P Mariesii with a dying reminder of its former glory!
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Crinodendron Hookerian, with its distinctive lantern - very pretty thing!
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Slowly but surely - Lobelia Tupa is making me wait!
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My very tatty hanging basket!
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The rain has resurrected the whole basket, especially the lobelias!
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A new rose for me David Austin's A Shrophire Lad! With scent!:joyful::love:
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I am waiting for a yellow one to bloom .. There was a sharp red one which I want very much, a screaming red .. Wonder what it's called. £10 for a standard in my fav gc!
 

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Going to be a half decent day -- dry at least!
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Planted out a magnolia, a Daphne at the front yesterday. I hope comes spring, I won't miss out all the fun! So nice to see all the magnolia trees draped in thousands of blooms. Also out are 2 French lavenders, a Viburnum P Mariesii.

This clump of dahlia is just showing a tiny bud!
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This could be Arabian Night.
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Couldn't believe my eyes. A Shropshire Lad is a damask rose! Beautiful delicate sense. A climber!
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I think this one cost me £3! A real bargain!
 

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Good morning to a very dull, wet day.

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Yesterday, we went to buy some sowing and cutting compost x 3 as it was reduced to £2, but only 50L. Hope they are going to reduce the big bags. Strange that they had removed all the compost bags indoors. Probably being stolen from the outside.

Got quite a few free pellets and going to dismantle them when we have time. Washed tons of pots, all thanks to the abundance of rain water.

My echinacea
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I will transplant them before their roots grow through the box. I have another tray of echinaceas,

Some ammi majus, delphinium, lupin and Paulownia tomentosa which has shown in sign of germination. There is also Daucus Purple Kisses mixed. Need to sow some Angelica!


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Going to be rainy! Not that I mind! I had the luxury of washing all my pots in rainwater .. tons of them.

I have become a very good rat killer. Yesterday, I killed another one in the lean to. Now, I have traps everywhere. Yesterday morning, we moved all the furniture in the living room and doused the place with pepper powder and peppermint essential oil. These rats seemed to have become slow - must be the effect of the poison. Very nasty critters .. but the killing bit always makes me ill! Nevertheless, needs must!

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Bought quite a bit of seeds online and it seems so frustrating that the instructions all say: sow seeds asap and leave them in unheated greenhouse ...

Went to the market and bought a very pale white alstroemeria and a very decent Sarracenia for £5. Not a bad price for the 2 items as just the latter cost me £5.99 and it was tiny and useless . The alstromeria will soon turn into 3 or 4 plants. :joyful: ;) A fiver well spent! Better than buying a Taylor Bulb alstro which took at least 1 year to flower and it cost £3.99! However, I have to say I am very happy with with sunshine red/yellow/orange alstro, probably from Taylor bulb bought from gc as it is still blooming gloriously and the colours just announce its presence - pièce de résistance! No less! I hope the Sarracenia will catch all the tiny bugs in my lean to. I have had 2 sticky tapes full of them.

Last night's gardening programme featured a young man with his metal pots. I love his dahlias - quite different from ours! His nana's lovely chickens was what made me scream with delight. He said he could easily spend over £100 on dahlias and that meant he would have no designer wardrobe. I quite agree. I haven't bought any clothes for nearly a year. All my money goes on plants, compost, and petrol for bargain hunting trips and sustenance. Recycling sites help a bit. I got 2 lovely shiny hoes, a very sturdy garden leaf holder which I would never spend money on and others yesterday. But I missed the nettings, compost bin and seed mixing tray! Gutted. The advert went live 5.15am and I put in claims 6.30 and they were all gone! :cry::banghead: I missed his water butt with stand last ime! :cry::cry::cry:! The quality of his stuff is what I like about recycling. Sometimes, you went to collect items and you felt like someone wanted you to THROW AWAY their rubbish. Not with this one. AND I'm still enjoying my old Gardening Which? (no commission from them, alas! But a bit of education for me. Yesterday, I found out why all the seed packets recommend using vermiculite for seed sowing- not a must, but obviously there might be a good reason for some!)
 
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What seeds have you bought alp? I went GC yesterday and picked up some tulips and daffodils for the pots . I put my order in for peter nyssen tomorrow I think, I spend for to much on bulbs when compared to seeds , seeds are very cheap in comparison.
 
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Perki - Loads of erythroniums, but no white swan or white beauty. I know I shouldn't as here in droughty east London, it's just might be too hot for them. No Nomocharis - all sold out. Some Salvia Mexicana and many others. It will probably take 5 years, if I am on course, to see any flower. By that time, I might be too crippled to walk to the shadiest part of the garden. My knees are playing up. Tons of carrots and celery to ease the pain. I bought up 10 packs of celery just for that. LOL" By the way, how's your back?

If you want to order by bulk, you could try J Parkers wholesale. The Prairie Glow Rudbeckia is very nice and tall. I think Adam Frost used Prairie Glow and they packed in a punch! I ordered them from J Parkers the year before. Very nice!

Spent half of yesterday tidying up the lean to. I was expecting delivery from Edrom Nursery. Carriage is so expensive! I don't like the website as the pics are tiny and there is no way to appreciate the beauty of the plants. Whilst taking to a delivery man for next year, the couple who used to buy eggs from me came up and talked to me. They asked if I were selling eggs any more and how I was keeping. Very nice! Just so sweet of them. They are probably in their 70s. After the horrific fox attack, my hen stopped producing eggs and when Maisie was laying eggs, their shells were too soft and I bought a new feed and yet she didn't seem to like it and there was no improvement in the egg shells. After putting the lone rooster with her, I have seen them in action, but she seems to be too old for eggs, but still have time for fun! LOL! I should have told them that in a bid to reduce my broadband and phone line expense, I removed the call plan. Initially, I would dial 1471 or 1571 to hear some phone messages, but it cost me money and they are usually about house sales, so I don't bother any more. When the lady phoned, she probably wondered why I didn't return the call. I'd rather spend £7 on plants than call plan. Very nice of them to worry even think of me!

I'm so gutted. The biggest deer antler split end dahlia with red and yellow didn't come through in the camera. I really need to replace it.

Nerine time - pink and whitish! Very happy!
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My creme de cassis stood up so well. A whole clump of them!
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Honka Black. Gutted that the big dahlia photos are lost. I have 2 dinner plate deer antler split end dahlia plants and the flowers are similar to this. Very dramatic!

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It rained the whole day yesterday

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today, I'm going to plant up my seeds and hope they flower before I die! LOL!
 
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Raining again here for the day think tomorrow better up to tea time.

That's a nice pink dahlia , I don't think my nerine are going to flower planted them out far to late see if they survive the winter first yours look great though real eye catcher .

I were looking on the Edrom website yesterday at erythroniums I want a tall purple variety, its to plant infront of a choyisa goldfingers .

What are you going to do with the hens ? get some more or pack in keeping hens ?

My back rite it soon heals for now :)
 
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I only bought about 5 items and carriage is £8.50

1 Erythronium dens-canis Purple King £3.00
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1 Erythronium dens-canis Pink Perfection £3.00
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1 Erythronium White Beauty (erwhbe) £4.00


1 Trillium grandiflorum (trgra+) £7.00


1 Hepatica nobilis Blue forms (henob)

I hope they are plants. I spent so much money and was jumping from one site to another that I went to Worldseeds or seedworld and ordered tons of seeds, which was very stupid of me. It will take 5 years for the blessed seeds to become flowers, IF I'm lucky. I might be dead by then! o_O :unsure: Another horrible thing was that I was confused about the 2 orders and emailed Edrom to ask them where the rest of my order was!:oops:

The Edrom website was doing my head in! Tiny pics and even though their staff member told me to hover over the pic to get a bigger pic, I could see no improvement. Then I saw the snowdrops. Oh, dear! I steered myself away from them. Scared to death by the way I spent on plants and seeds, especially when I washed the pots. I found out that I spent tons of money on reduced plants.

I have been feeling very bad about the rooster as I felt like I might have frightened him a bit when they croaked too much and too loudly. Don't forget I had had a complaint already. Any way, I'm building up his trust for me. This morning, I saw another rat darting around the chickens' feeding area. :banghead::eek: I guess rats are terrorising us as every time I went to BQ, I saw people looking at rat poisons and buying them, including me!

My lovely Sarracenia for the bugs
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And a lovely alstroemeria with tons of potential for new plants - the 2 cost me £5!
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We had rain from 12 to 2 and after that I went out to wash the pots and didn't finish until 6pm. 5pm, the sun actually shone and it was lovely! Now I'm waiting for the pasta bake to cook.

Good that you're feeling OK. Must look after yourself.
 
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Bargain the sarracenia & alstro .

I am sure they are plants what erdom nursery sells its refers to plants anyway but doesn't say what size of pot which can be quite annoying .

Ordered the bulbs now some species tulip pepperstick + other tulips - more daffodil and some I've already got kust to replenish some of my old stocks - scilla peruviana - crocus - iris - snowdrops flore pleno didn't want to look in snowdrops to much don't want to get attracted to an expensive one :eek: ,they were expensive enough £9.75 for 25. And obviously I got more alliums 6x Ambassador £4 each :oops: some blue ones caeruleum and 3x stipitatum which I am curious about the colour I reckon the pictures have been photo shopped . Anyway it all come to £108 :rolleyes:
 
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tulip pepperstick is so pretty. I bought some Taylor bulbs, a parrot style one, 2 packets of irises from Wilko, (prices good, but choice limited), You can easily lose a lot of money buying plants and bulbs, but I would now only buy plants. Buying seeds and let them stew for 5 years and still pay £3 or more for it is just plain stupidity on my part. I'm going to use the spooning method to increase my daff and other bulbs next year. I will seriously work on twin scaling of my snowdrops. Hopefully, they will be heirloom for my son!

This year, I planted them in pots as normally my pots are stored. I sold my neighbour's good quality pots - those snow-proofed ones. 2 for a tenner! So it helps toward my addiction. I stopped short at selling one glazed green one with a tray. Really lovely and I saw all these potted daffs, tulips and irises on TV programme and so this year, I actually potted them up in pots. I will use the spooning method to increase my bulbs and save some money. Needs must. For anyone who's interested in spooning.

Talking about Scilla Perviana, I have had one for nearly 3 years and it didn't flower last year at all. What a shame! It's lovely! I hope this year's rain is enough to make it reappear! It's raining now.

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Reversal of fortune - I think up north will be dry whilst we are being stewed! ;):joyful:

Went to lovely gc, another one in Brentwood where all the allium bulbs were of poor quality. I needed 3, but all of them have damaged patches on them bar one. If you see Prins bulbs, make sure you check the bulbs. I will have to wait till Lidl works its magic and sells theirs. Going to find my snakehead seeds and sow them. I have already seen some blades teasing me!
 
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The GC here sells Prins bulbs I always look at the quality first before buying, I bought allium bulbs from lidl qutie a few weeks ago now I don't think they get anymore in this year :unsure: .

It has been dry ( ground still wet ) in not raining till tea time its still raining now, supposed to be ok again tomorrow then go down hill again.
 
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I haven't seen any alliums giant collection for sales in Lidls here at all. All I have seen is Purple Sensation and the spherical cone shape ones. Funny that I actually had one such grown on the front border. Now that I have planted Callicarpa Profusion and a Viburnum Mariesii there, I might have killed it. I asked a lady in the allotment for seeds, she wasn't very keen. We had drizzle the whole day until 5 to 7.30. Then son rang to tell me his plan. He's with his dad as he was naughty. He's coming home today after work. That road to his dad's was treacherous. Too many twists and turns. Pricey seaside town. If I lived there, I would go for seaweeds washed up to the tidelines. Imagine that!

There was considerably less rain yesterday until 6pm. I actually cleared most of the toms in the middle bit of the garden. 2 days of drier weather, but tonight it will rain. Amazing how the rain map was all sea here in East London, but then there was nothing but drizzle and an hour of rain. So inaccurate!
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Apparently, this is a Summer Paradise Collection and I think I have the orange one. It flowers from May to November. I will definitely go to the market to get another one or two. The credentials are impressive and for £2.50, it's a no brainer!

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A wonderful rose with two colours for under £3. Don't think it's a branded one, so could be £1!
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So beautiful!

A velvety maroon dahlia. First flower of this clump!
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This is what I have been busy about, apart from washing pots! Married 2 shelves into one to maximise light
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Also keep the ground warmer by laying a heavy duty underlay and some cardboard.

Another half of the lean to to tidy up. Want to put a toilet in there! I know it sounds wacky, but it adds value to the house!
 

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Perki: Try Long Acres first before other companies. Much cheaper or phone them to see if they can get what you want. I bought a Salvia Neon from them and it's growing so well. Shame it's such a long way away from me!
 

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Went to the allotment and came back with the following snaps

Bright and cheerful hypericum. Sharp yellow flowers and bright red berries - delightful
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One Salvia above

Argyranthemum
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Lovely Climbing rose at home. Just lovely!
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Penstemon still has a long time to flower .. Just so cheerful!
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Rajman Firecracker! It certainly packs a punch!
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These are the cacti deer antler split end dinner plate I was talking about! This could be Myrtle's Folly! Very spectacular!
 

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Went to diy store to buy horticultural grit. Only Homebase got 2 left. Potted the erythronium seeds up, only to find half of the seeds of one packet was still floating on top of the water. Another packet of 4 seeds cost me £3.30. What a dummy I was! I looked up Chiltern which gives 27 seeds for some erythronium. Any way, won't buy seeds which will stew for 5 years to flower! I am too OLD!

Don't think I will get any more chicken. Their mess is just smelling and messy and they are fussy about their food. I have 3 different types of feeds and they turn up their nose! Glad that Blackie the rooster is now so much more relaxed with me. I have found out that I had been very wrong trying to stop them croaking. Hard to imagine that I thought I had hens and they turned out nearly all to be males who made so much din and caused complaint.

Now the hen doesn't lay eggs any more. Edrom delivered yesterday. All the pots were clean and some seemed to have been potted up prior to posting. Well packed and I had one trillium, some erythronium and some hepaticas, the latter is just for a laugh. Too hot here to grow these sort of things, but hey, at least, I have tried!

Next time I go to the allotment, I will take cuttings of the dahlias that I like and start propagating them in earnest.
 

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Didn't know it's only 4am. Turned on the dishwasher and sit in the dark and cool room. 19c in the living room.

Unknown dahlia chancing the first frost
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These pots are supposed to sit out there for vernalisation. At the moment, the cold frame is still in conception stage!
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Freegled aquarium sand - not bad!

Another tall shelf
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Have the feeling that this is the Summer paradise series - not Indian Summer, but prettier and it has been flowering non-stop! Good looking, has a presence! What's not to love?
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Even the African Daisy loves the weather!
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A cheap regular aster
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A very fragrant Chinatown!
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Need to buy a new camera as the lovely yellow and orange do not show here!

This lobelia tupa is terribly slow and looks like waxwork!
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One of the earliest hellebores
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Anemone Hellebore!

Potted up some seeds. Need to sort out things quickly or next spring I will come to regret that I didn't get my act together. Life is too short to miss sowing moments. I remember this professional gardener said that they had a whole year planner for what to do. I read Which? garden magazines which give hint as to what to buy. I will take that with a pinch of salt. Commercial pressure is just too much for a consumer-driven society. Some tools cost £400 with £20 change! Ouch!

For anyone interested, Crocus is having a sale! Some bulbs are half price!
 

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RHS shop is also having bulb sales - the content looks strangely similar! LOL!
 
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Well back to the NE miserable weather wet and cold, was 28c to 35 c in Turkey will have to reclimatise no gardening as far too wet ground waterlogged ,so must have been a lot of rain and pond overflowing,
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here’s a few photoes from Turkey the beach hen is for alp ha ha ..
 

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Zenj: Thank you for the beach hen:love:! (please watch the last episode of GW in which a young man showed off his nan's chickens. Boy, they are cute as mine, but not a patch on late Goldie!) Isn't it lucky? Glorious weather and nice temperature. It looks UNREAL here in the UK!

Missed the damp proof material from recycling site. Some lucky man must have gone there before me. Should have left a phone number. We are glorious here. Rained early at 4am, but now, can't complain. Cold but sunny - the visibility just moves everything a notch happier, apart from the fact that I bought plants, again! My indulgence knows no bounds.

Incidentally, both RHS shops and Crocus are having sales! For those who could afford 15 day Turkey and still come back and moan ;)or addiction which can't be curbed:eek::cry::unsure: ... I, unfortunately, belong to the latter!;)
 
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My throat has been a battle-field since yesterday. Had the 2nd or first Lemsip of my life and it eased the grip on my throat a bit. Serious stuff. Need to buy more paracetamols, just in case. Not very nice standing there, with nose runny ...

Went to the market again, but all the lovely alstros and Sarracenias were nearly all gone. He's selling them for £1! I got the last alstro.
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I was thinking of getting a different colour one - sort of light mauve. Last time, I turned up my nose, but when I went home and saw the words flowering from May to November, I knew it's worth going back to get another one. But it was not to be. Got the last same white one left and it looked pathetic.

Sarracenias were all sold out and he had those with open flaps which would close if you touch them.
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Not half as pretty as the one I bought last week, as seen above. Gutted. Need to go the market more. Went to M&S to get some tiny gala apples for 65p. Shame they weren't from Kent this time, but from France, and went to drool over the scones and cakes. Alas, no reduction and hence no treat. All the other fruits like pears were gone. But their pears are not worth having - too small!

Clear the back and I am dithering about whether to keep the fence breaking Montana Rubens clematis. I had tried to remove it, but the big root ball keeps sending out runners. A bamboo runner was 8 inches out from the root! I lifted it up and hopefully crowded that mother root area with more stems. Need them to grow fast to shield the back from extreme heat.

What a lovely place Turkey seems to be - love those Corinthian columns. When I looked at the Roman ruins in Libya, I realised how wide Roman influence had been .. Lovely architectural features. Love hi-stories. Yesterday, I saw Dan Jones narrating Richard III and the murder of the 2 princes. I was intrigued, but I opted for real crime story instead. Hopefully, it will be repeated.

Saw Callicarpa Profusion on GW last night. I had one for very little money and I planted it out in the front garden, together with 1 deep lilac aster 50p, 1 pink topas Aster £2, one Viburnum p Mariesii, one magnolia £5.99 but 3 foot all, and I hope they will all smile at me at some point next spring!
 

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