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Looks like a nice warm get away Zenji , must be a bit of a shock to the system back home :cold:

I always thought the RHS shop and crocus looked very similar , expensive to buy from crocus but lots to pick from. Got a cold already alp :confused:

Another wet start to the day if fog or mist is forecast its meaning its raining but its brightened up now and forecast to be dry but chilly for the coming week or so. I think I will eventually get round to visiting Harlow hall tomorrow hopefully they will have that Hellebore Double White Picotee I've been pining for, if not I sure they will have something I want , I'll have a peak over the fence to see if its worth looking round the garden.
 
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At least, it was a lovely sunny cheerful holiday whilst we have to endure the dismal weather. Having said that, today is glorious. Sky is blue, Now, the sun is hiding .. said it too soon.

Yes, nursing a cold and a bit of runny nose, was trying to sleep it off, but had to go to the post office. The minute I walked up the road, I saw a postman and I was wondering if there was anything for me. Seeing his flat bag, I moved along and that was around 11.30. Came home and lo and behold, a SOMETHING FOR YOU card! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! And the time says 11.30! A van must have driven up whilst I turned my back. Very annoying. Just arranged a re-delivery and the earliest is Tuesday. Must be Crocus.

Perki They are having sales and some bulbs are asking for £1.99. Yes, I have the feeling it is the same. Even the prices were similar! Saw this pretty ugly double tulip called ice cream - it was reduced, but it was so off putting. The white and yellow ones are nice but of course, they are sold out. Credit card bill has arrived:eek:. Fasting required.:rolleyes: Petrol accounts for £130 and Home insurance £237! :banghead::cry:

Yes, it's going to be dry. But tomorrow we have something else to do. So we may get there earlier and see if we can go to Hyde Hall later. Son said he was not keen on Hyde Hall. But really after paying all that money, we have only been to Wisley once this year.
 

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Going to Hyde Hall today, hopefully! Normally, we go there 3 or 4 times a year. But my son's schedule means we can't go on Saturday and Sunday is usually for bargain hunting.

Toying with the idea of making a cold frame, but neither son nor I know how to start. Cold eases off a bit, but nose starts getting runny! Yesterday, trying to remove pots from trays of water and discovered some roots with the label Thalictrum on it! :joyful: :cat:
Trouble with using icecream stick as label is that it invariably gets darker and darker and masks the handwriting. But boy, so pleased. Need to sow more.
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Chelmsford where Hyde Hall is
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Seems to be a good day to go.

Amistad which came up very late!
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Garden New fuchsia - very water with the rain water gifted this year!:joyful:
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Alstroemereria Inca Replay -even gave me seeds!

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This is the Salvia Sparking Heat from the nursery where I ordered the rest. A replacement, but only one that has flowered so far. The rest are staring at me, sulking!

Have the feeling that this is the sister of Blue Bayou!
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According to Gardening Which? older issue, we should be collecting dahlia seeds now, not to wait for the first flower to unfurl! Climate change certainly is gathering pace!

Have a nice and restful day - keep warm - we have had our heating on from 15th this month!
 
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As some of you know I am a huge Andy Murray fan and have been watching all is matches this week in Antwerp all great matches and a great final today him beating Stan to win the final so good after is hip surgery to get to a final and win well done Andy.
 

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Great! Such a lot of hard work for one person to carry the whole match, not as if you had 10 men to help. Great respect! Must be a very happy time for him as he has welcome a baby!

Great that we actually have world champion, apart from Hamilton! And Katerina Johnson-Thomson! :love: Our rugby team has done well. Liverpool, still unbeaten, only just!
 
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Well done to Murray , Stan Waw is no push over. I didn't think he be back to be honest after that press conference about retiring.
 
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Well I did eventually visit harlow carr it rained on me as well on the way there :mad: at least I were blown dry when I got there, very disappointed that they didn't have the hellebore I wanted or remotely any hellebores on their plant list , I am starting to think its plants in the garden not in the plant shop.

I did go and have a visit around the garden , not much in the woodland area but for cyclamen and cochicums which were mostly flattened . Grass were looking very good but most of the flowering perennials have gone over.

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Snap! Perki! We both visited RHS flagship gardens! Had a look at Longacres, the one that you want is gone. But Farmyard had something very exciting. Have a look, you will see the new stuff they have. I am sooooo tempted.

Thank you for uploading these photos - they remind me exactly of what I had visited, but my photos somehow couldn't capture the essence of the garden, probably because my camera tried very hard to be panoramic! Lovely photos! I remember every single one of the features you have captured - the square pond, the big lake with the chair .. and the big boulevard.

Yes, not really a good time to visit these trophy gardens, but needs must as son wants to visit NT more than RHS flagships. 3 things spoilt my day - wet shoes, stinking cold and most IMPORTANT areas fenced off. On top of that, it was grey, grey and yet more grey. After we left 1pm, the sun came out.

Salvias came up on top. Most of them are still flowering very happily - exactly as some weather warming trend suggests
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Contemporary gardens
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La Luna
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Isn't this beautiful?
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Not too sure if this is Salvia, but I like it very much!
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Dianthus - in its various guises .. quite cute!
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Old thatched building - now it's all glass new teaching unit and restaurant. It was soooo busy.
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Grand design?
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I have one of these in the front lawn! Yes!
 

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The Scadoxus is lovely. I had it once and it flowered. Second time I plunged my fork into it and it was no more. It's just lovely! Always love it. Andy Murray couldn't believe his win! Very touching! So much hard work and physical hardship he has to endure. Imagine sitting in that ice cold bath! :cry: :eek:
 

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Morning all lovely photos alp do you ever stay in ? Ha Ha
If I can go to Turkey or Italy, I will never stay in! No good TV though - all crimes repeated: Not enough gory crime details for me and Brexit makes me want to put ear muffs on! :inpain: :banghead: :cat:o_O James Rampton is calling someone else naive! His wife works for the EU!
 
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What a polyculture garden looks like
The onions interplanted sporadically keep away a number of pests Nothing is concentrated enough to attract a plague of specialized agricultural pests
The loss of one crop to disease or pests is not catastrophic (so the system is resilient)
There is always something blooming for the bees
 

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Good morning - such a cold day on Sunday and today. I could feel the chill yesterday as well.

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As long as the sun is out, it will be lovely.

Bought some seeds and followed some instructions to soak them for 24 hours and half of the seeds floated on top of the little tub at the end of the day. Emailed seller who turned very nasty. If you see seed and world in title as independent seller, don't go there!.

On the other hand, bought some seeds from fleabay and the prices were already very cheap, but the top of page said REQUEST TOTAL, so I did. No response. I paid for 2 and the platform kept sending threatening emails for paying for the 3rd one. In the end, the lady was very nice. She told me that it could be cancelled and sent the last one to me for free. I felt rotten as she really didn't have to do that. Bought some black mulberry seeds which never arrived, but I gave a positive feedback by mistake, confusing it with Chilean Guava seeds. Now I had no recourse.

Strictly Come Dancing's Will Bayley is amazing - So glad that he has a career, despite his disability. Moved Nadya and many others to tears. Yesterday I watched Storyville doc, The PM, the Playboy and the Wolf of Wall Street - BBC. It was brilliant. All these idiots trapped in worshipping money, diamond, champagne and plundered taxpayers; money by moving it to a shell company and tapping into it whenever the PM wanted to buy posh properties or the wife wanted to buy jewellery, boxes of shoes and of course, jewellery! Glad that the PM was charged. The parallel between the film which was funded by the playboy who tapped into Malaysian taxpayers' dough is striking! Really admire people who have the bravery to challenge these ruling greedy guts.

Hopefully, I will get all my plants today. I'm going to have trays of seeds throughout the winter. My thalictrums are already showing their beautiful heads.

These must be record holders

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Striking and tall impatient
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Anybody knows the name of the strangely shaped flowers? Would love to have some.
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Asclepias Curassavica!
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Gutted as the border, rose and clematis area is totally fenced off!
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A new area

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It was such a lovely day yesterday. Sun shining and nice and warm and dry! But I spent 2 hours trying to sleep off my cold as my chest started to tighten up when I coughed! I think I'm probably over the worst. Please keep away from nasty cold viruses as they could be very debilitating and demoralising.

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Whoa! 6c!? :eek:

Fiinally, got my hand on an erythronium Snowflake.. A plant, not some silly seeds. The man even sent a sweet Walker toffee with customised tape with his name all around the box. Nice and funny touch! If only he had reduced his last Romneyi Coulteri, my life would have been perfect! I bought some silly seeds instead. Hopefully, it's not a 5 or 7 years' affair!

Now these are all my flowers. This is the first flower of a dahlia clump at home! A deer antler cacti dahlia and apparently my garden is now full of these babies!

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I hope to have a blanket of these beauties next year. Gaillardia is forever striking and statement making! Bold, attention seeker!
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The other stem had a bud but was snapped by SS! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!
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Neon from Longacres. Big red flowers!
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Sparking Heat, the only salvia that has flowered from my batch buy! All these different shades of red, pink are totally baffling - one is even called Salvia microphylla var microphylla whick is like this

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From google but it is this red!

And this one Salvia Silas Dyson
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Crumbs! How can you tell! It's like buying snowdrops ...

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This is my Salvia Patio Patens Deep Blue! Really amazing to see how happy this is in these last few cold day!
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Woke up too early. Only 4am!

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It rained yesterday, but not serious. I planted out my crocus delivery. Son is still struggling building up the cold frame with pellet bits.
Nerine is in its prime!
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New flowers from Sour Grapes - the darker version.
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Will take more of these today. Penstemons are very good and will flower probably till November! One of the best for late colours.

Braced for more rain and storms

'Lives at risk' as storms bringing 60mph gales and a month's worth of rain are forecast to batter Britain
  • Winds of 60mph and 4in of rain forecast across Wales and northern England
  • Weather warnings have been issued for most of Wales along with Cumbria
  • Met Office: ‘Rain is expected to arrive across parts of the UK during Friday'
Let's hope we are all safe. Rains and storms are with us nearly every week!

Watched the last episode of GW and saw this man talking up biochar! Might be able to make some during guy fawkes. Just too messy and anti-social.
 

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RIP to the 39 in Grays, Essex!
 

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Going to be a dry day and most important of all, a sunnier day!

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My echinacea seedlings are doing very well
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My melon is now in the lean to to be warmed by sunshine? Quite heavy! Wish I had started it a bit earlier and persevered
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These blurry pics are of my Salvia Amante - it has more violet on the back. Hard to describe and apparently I needed to try to focus a bit more
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Yesterday, I divided one of my Helenium Mardi Gras into another 6 more.

Apparently, squirrels have been busy planting as well!

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I also took cuttings of Salvia Black and Blue as last year I had to buy a new plant. I won't let that happen to me again.

Next year, I will try to plant my heleniums, rudbeckias and others in drifts or en masse whilst learning NOT to buy new plants!

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Woke up early again!

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Going to be raining!

Went to the allotment and heard a lot of drill noise, saw a van with two young men who were making raised bed frames. They told me that their boss got an allotment and it had been covered with bramble and they cleared it and later I went to have a look. Yes, all flat with a weed suppressing membrane on top and then about 8 raised bed frames! No messing about. I wonder if they were going to sow for their boss again! Apparently, the boss owns a building company! Useful neighbours to have!

Penstemon is so happy in the allotment - lots of stems and flowers. Much better than at home!
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This, believe it or not, is a Green Twister. Well, with this weather, it is doubtful if I can harvest the seeds! :cry: :cry: :cry:. I tried to harvest the green echinacea seeds that turned out to be a clump of useless and seedless mush!
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This beauty, on the other hand, never ceases to impress!
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achillea! Need to find the label!
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Gaura, in a heap!
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Argyranthemum, not half a patch on the red one!
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Creme de Cassis which can on on its stem, proud and independent!
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Myrtle Folly! I need to take cuttings of this screamer!
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Blue Bayou, should really be named pink Bayou!
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The day before yesterday, it was my watermelon; today, my multi coloured carrots - yesterday's dinner!
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Also did a lot of cuttings - took some thornless raspberry stems from an allotmenteer;

cuttings from a wiegela variegated.

more cuttings from my Veronne's Obsidian.

After cutting the heads off the carrots, i planted the heads in the soil again and I am sure the rain today will help.

Cuttings from Bahamas Aster.

Removed the hypericum above and planted it outside along the busy road.
 

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