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The weather had been FANTASTIC from 9 to 1.30pm. Sitting in the car was like being caressed by the soft autumnal sunshine. Words can't describe it. Of course, it didn't last long. At 2pm, it started drizzling and when we walked around the park, it was dense and wet.

You should move, Perki! Rain sodden Lancashire is not ideal for gardening. Even Shropshire or Gloucestershire will be more clement. Only joking!

You still have a lot of lovely flowers, Perki! So pretty! My Lobelia collapsed and was caught by the frost. They are really very slow. I myself prefer lobelia upright perennial. I have some Compton Pinks. Fab colour! Now I have a collection of red, purple and violet. I am sure they will love your rain. I literally abused them by standing them permanently in water. Same way I treated my hydrangeas.

Went to that gc again, Chock a bloc and with security guards. Very sad as the place is full of glitzy trash. LOL! I couldn't believe that there were 4 guards keeping an eye on the stuff. And then there was a supervisor scanning for people coming through to go to the till and of course, she helped out with some very slow staff. Well, one Hamamelis is gone. They are tall - about 6 feet tall. Went to Blue Diamond and they are selling Harvington's hellebores - Zenj might have some sweet surprises for us as he had bought some from them. The more I saw the prices, the more I like my favorite gc! However, that is the only place where I have seen Green Twisters for sales! About 8 of them for £8.99. Of course, NO FLOWERS but buds. Going to make dinner and then settle down to enjoy my Ultra HD at 6.15pm.

Tomorrow I will continue my mad race to take cuttings. Tons of them. I wish I had a greenhouse like yours now. My friend who has been avoiding me has JUST asked me about eggs. He's the one who dismantled the greenhouses for us. I dread to think how these greenhouses will give me headache. I don't want to have broken glass everywhere and the thought of wind, rain and broken glass and more items on the garden just doesn't calm me. That's why I left my lawn big and empty although I have been struggling with lack of space for planting. Something has got to give and I hope it's not my sanity!
 
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Good morning to another grey dark day! Son is going to work from 9 to very late, so cold frame is still cold. Need to layer more clematises and plant the garllya elliptica, Fiesta and some other apple tree. Also the Crinodendron Hookerian of which I have taken cuttings.

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Must take a lot of cuttings indoors or all my effort goes to waste. Last time the frost came, even the newly bloomed dahlia leaves took a hit. They came up so late - 2 are still sprouting leaves (Ridiculous!) But the foxes didn't give it a chance. My chickens are magnet for trouble - foxes who burrowed everywhere and dug up a whole tray of my sprouting bamboos and left calling cards in the middle of the lawn. Cats of all colours and ilks - scampering, watching and staring at me, refusing to budge even when I shooed. Not to mention rats which left their calling cards in the chickens' food trays. I had to empty them every time I fed them.

Then there is one squirrel or two which destroyed the top line of my fence and buried peanuts in every single pot. Very annoying.

Convolvulous is throwing up 2 more blooms - cold or hot!? Does it know something that I don't?

I read the list of naughty things households in this country do - taking plants with them when they move? How can it be naughty? If I don't do so, the new owner will have a nervous breakdown! o_O :rolleyes:
 

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It's going to be very cold and I need to cover as many of my salvias as possible. Dahlias, I'm not worried. I just need to label where they are.

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Last night, in the dark, I took some Nachtvlinder cuttings and some Salmon Dance as well. Today, I will concentrate on Patens and the rest. I wonder how hardy my lobelia tupas are. Also need to plant euonymus europaeus cascade before it dies in the pot, So many things to do.

My Thalictrum seedlings are coming on nicely. Before I added grit to the pot, I literally saw a white tiny worm slithering along in the pot. Thank heavens for the quick action. No harm done.
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My 3rd hellebore
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T&M is doing a 10 packets for £10. And I so wanted to have the icecream tulips, but the postage is £6.99 and the item is 5 for £3.99. Too dear! Haven't paid yet as I can't find the card.

Surprisingly bright and blue this morning and hope this is the case with all of us.

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Hope my cuttings are OK!? Had my watermelon last night. Not sweet enough. Amazingly juicy! So full of water.

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Can't believe they charge £7 for postage! So steep! Well, I have paid £10.. All the reduction has come to nothing. £2 per bulb! Mind you, i have paid more for Fritillaria Imperialis!
 
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T&M is doing a 10 packets for £10. And I so wanted to have the icecream tulips, but the postage is £6.99 and the item is 5 for £3.99. Too dear! Haven't paid yet as I can't find the card.

Surprisingly bright and blue this morning and hope this is the case with all of us.

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Hope my cuttings are OK!? Had my watermelon last night. Not sweet enough. Amazingly juicy! So full of water.

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Can't believe they charge £7 for postage! So steep! Well, I have paid £10.. All the reduction has come to nothing. £2 per bulb! Mind you, i have paid more for Fritillaria Imperialis!
alp I always check on voucher codes before I go ahead and order anything often there’s one on for free del with t and m and farmer Gracie saved a lot doing this on all sorts of things
 

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There is no voucher code this time. Just click this link, when you have 10 packets, go to the checkout, the ghastly total will revert to £10. Postage £1.95. Then I used the same link and used my son's email to get some more.

Every time I go to Farmer Gracey, I find the price pricey. I wish I could afford their prices and if they are cheap, they are gone. Have you got any useful code, Zenj?

Such a lovely day and what have I been doing? I kept getting mobile text messages giving code to my banking account. I phoned them to report fraud. The guy said it was automated. After that 11.30, I had another vibration and I don't even switch the blessed mobile normally. Any way, tried to change the pin and password and got locked out and told to call card issuer. Called them and was told to take the card to Natwest branch or Tesco cash machine to unblock the pin. This saga cost me an hour!

Mamamia! Thank heavens I haven't moved to the end of a stick. Tesco is 2 minutes up the road. To have such facilities is a LUXURY! Need to plant out my stuff or they die in the pot and quick covering is needed for all and various. Tonite the fright! Here comes the frost.
 
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Well your weather outlook looking a lot better than mine alp , raining now for the rest of the day, rain all day tomorrow and cloudy sunny Friday but -2C overnight :cold: thats the rest of the dahlias stuffed and everything else.

Got keep your eye on T&M offers . I been looking on farmer Gracey website over the past week but they still a bit pricey on tulips and other things with 25% off, nice selection of bulbs though fancyed some muscari comosum and another allium ambassador I already bought 6 from PNyysen but I getting twitchy not having a odd number to plant with :LOL: .

Instead I ordered from anglia bulbs they had some alliums on offer , I am a sucker for a bargain especially alliums wanted 3 Beau Regard ended up with 9 somehow :unsure: ;) 3 pinball wizard - 10 nigrum - muscari golden fragrance and armarcrinum howardii, you can also get free bulbs with any order but i didn't fancy any so didn't bother. Parcel arrived today think I order monday opened it up and got some free allium silver spring :) worth about £9-10 happy chappy (y)
 

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Did somebody just said FREE? What does that mean? LOL!;)

I bought Ambassador, Gladiator, Giganteum from Crocus. One of them came with 3 or 5 bulbs. Can't believe you get twitchy because of an odd number! I wish I could afford such twitchiness.

Weather has been great. I came in 10 to 5pm. More or less groping in the dark. You two need to move. LOL! Then you will appreciate how my hands used to be glued to the hose pipe. HUMBERTO, PLEASE COME AGAIN NEXT YEAR! I loved the rain. A proper soak for over 10 years. Yesterday the weather was even more gorgeous and what did I end up doing? Curling on the settee with 2 paracetamols in the stomach. Every time I had reduced avocado, I had the same tummy upset. That me and reduced avocadoes finished. They were big and creamy, but after half an hour, I wished I had not bothered. So I ended up spending the glorious afternoon with hand over my eyes, such was the brightness of the sun!

I'm after another bonfire. I was so stinky last night because of the dead fire.

TM finishes tonight, so better hurry up. Only those for £10. I had to buy some sweetcorns. Couldn't find one reduced in Wyevales. And then there is Tithonia. My neighbour in the allotment said the light blue fluffy muscari. They did look lovely. Other muscari I am scared of. It took me a lot of time to remove the blessed thing. They literally took over.

I think we are too mean for Farmer Gracy. Zenj, on the other hand, is quite well off! Have to say the packaging is very classy in Farmer Gracy, but the prices are a bit high and all the goodies are gone. I kept saying to myself that I wouldn't buy anything seeds, and lo and behold, just spent £25 with TM!

Planted out A shrophire Lad - a climbing rose, fuchsia Mag aurea at the back, as well as Garrya Elliptica. Freegled some chicken wire - a whole ream of it. Very pleased. Will wire all round the garden, cats, squirrels, foxes are wreaking havoc and most of my salvia stems are broken. I'm dreading tomorrow, but Chris Fawkes said we would be 7c. A sigh of relief! Hope you guys cover everything.
 
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When I am planting plants / bulbs I always plant in odd numbers 3-5-7-9 then its doesn't matter odd or even, single plants are fine but it depends on size or what impact you are looking for.
 
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A much darker day

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2c tomorrow morning o_O . I predict deaths to dahlias. Must work hard to cover all eventualities! LOL!

Yes, next spring, I will plant my cuttings in group of 5 or even 7 as I should have loads. Some dahlia cuttings have already taken. I must go to the allotment to grab more cuttiing materials or dig up the plants.
 

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Can't see any frost, but the figures are terrifyingly low

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Hope you keep warm and snug! Took a few photos before the frost wreaked any havoc

Dyson's Joy -Salvia.
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No idea this beauty's name. It's going embarrassingly strong. Supposed to shelter the hellebores and now hellebores need light to flower and the whole clump is standing strong!
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Salvia uliginosa
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Penstemon Phoenix
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Penstemon sour grapes M Fish?
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Alstroemeria Summer series
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Salvia Sparkling Heat
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Salvia Neon with lovely big flowers!
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Salvia Amante debuting this year introduced by Rachel de Thames
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I wonder what this flower looks like now!

Took a lot of cuttings from allotment - Rajman's Firecracker, Blue Bayou. It might not work. I must make a note 15 October for dahlia cuttings as now all the stems are more or less hollow. Need to take some uliginosa cuttings today. Cats or foxes are climbing all over my tiny cloche and broke the stem of the Salvia Greggii Ultra Violet. Very annoying. Keep warm - yourself and your plants ..

Potted up my Romneya Coulteri seeds and the instruction was to sow and leave the tray in a place 18c to 20c for 4 weeks and then in the fridge for ?? Now, there are something germinating and I hardly know if the seeds have sprouted or weed in the compost has enjoyed the warmth. :unsure: Wish I had sterilised the compost first!
 

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Morning all no frost but rain rain and more rain ,they have even put shuttle buses on from metro stations to venues as there car parks are flooded .Still pouring down now.
 

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Morning all no frost but rain rain and more rain ,they have even put shuttle buses on from metro stations to venues as there car parks are flooded .Still pouring down now.
Oh, dear! I saw in the newspaper that Sheffield household had water flooded into their houses. Really dreadful. I so feel for you. Whenever I saw houses in Norfolk, I had the feeling that they should never be bought as they would be flooded sooner or later. Yesterday morning, it was drizzly when I went to the allotment at 8.30am. But then, it was sunny and dry. A very lovely morning. There was only Jenny and me there. Arrived home 12.45. Just temporarily covered some of my argyranthemums and dahlias before I left. Wished I hadn't gone there with a bladder full.

Shame that you have had so much rain. Perhaps, another holiday with your better half!?

Watched Alan T's 50 shades of green and really enjoyed it as there were clips of places I have been to - Stourhead, Bodnant, Chatsworth, Biddulp Grange, Kew, Sissinghurst, Hatfield House .. Sweet memories!
 

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Ooops! Farmer Gracy sales on, and I am fascinated by double icecream banana and Bellevalia pycnantha! Stay strong! Mustn't buy any more! Must switch off laptop now!:confused::oops:
 

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Quite of lot of sold outs in Farmer Gracy and I must keep telling myself that so I will succumb to the forbidden apple. I bought a vitopod for £25 - just too good not to buy it although I paid 9 times more for my older one. Well, they are the same age. I need to sell it as there is no space. How much do you think I should sell it for please? It's only one layer.

It is quite cold and the boiler is chugging along.

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As long as my cuttings are rooting, I'm not too concerned. Removed all the hellebore leaves and hope they will flower for me. I separated them too much. Don't think there is a big clump anywhere!

Wish it were end of November and I will part with my money to buy more tulip bulbs.
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Green Twister is still taking its time. I sowed the seed beginning of the year. Shame I'm not going to be any viable seeds. Today a day of bargain hunting! Wonder when the arbors in diy store are going.
 

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I don't know how much a used vitopod are worth , all I know is that they are expensive new.

I can't see free postage for farmer gracy only on orders over £50 , only wanted some of the muscari comosumo, I were eyeing up some of them bellevalia myself.
 
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I know. And their bulbs are still not cheap. I'm after a Fritillaria Imperialis variegated leaves, but it's still £11+. Came in to do some labelling and it is now glorious. It was foggy and cold, but now sun in full glory. Wanted to check where we spent our money as the dreaded bill is only £160 in credit and I had just put in another £500 in advance. The credit card company must love me. £40 for petrol and there are 3 entries. I wish I could give him a broom. Of course, some other plant purchase. I'm glad that I haven't bought anything from Farmer Gracy. I must stay strong! Think about separating the plantlets at the base. I did that and I ended up with 12 small plants of Lobelia Compton Pink. Such a beauty and I just abuse them by sitting them in water perpetually. This year, my cuttings have come on nicely. Going to take some Aster Monch cuttings and more of my heleniums. So I must click on Farmer Gracy for 2 days and I WILL be safe!

Now, must go to Lidl early to make use of the £10 off £40. And I will stock up aromatic duck, Sirloin, rump, chicken and pork joint. Son will be chuffed. Got it from a free Metro. Now off to some eternal tidying up. I feel like ripping up the grass just laid and start having rows of fanned out trees. But I still want to move. :cry::eek::unsure:

Vitopod £134 probably for brand new. Thinking of £75 - then I can splurge on something else... Oh, dear!
 

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Went out to dig up some massive hellebores and separated them into 5 plants and had to come back in as it was drizzling and my extremities were frozen. It was before 3pm. It's warmer this morning than the last two. Shropshire was covered in snow! Don't know if the pic sender was pulling somebody's leg. On the whole, a fine day for all of us today! Hurrah! But not much warmth.

I have this urge to start more seeds, but the forbidding cold has made me realise that there is no fun having too many trays around the house. January or February, I will start in earnest. Need to take cuttings from various asters and heleniums.
 
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I don't know how much a used vitopod are worth , all I know is that they are expensive new.

I can't see free postage for farmer gracy only on orders over £50 , only wanted some of the muscari comosumo, I were eyeing up some of them bellevalia myself.
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