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Hey, where have you been? Did you watch ATP yesterday? Amazing! New kid on the bloc! Glad to hear from you!

Got to go now. Need to dig up my Rajman Firecracker in the allotment before the frost has it! The others I will cover. Too much fluffying around. Enjoy your dry moment, Zenj! I know the feeling. Can't believe we had such a lovely dry sunny day yesterday!
 
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Yes have been watching the tennis the young ones are showing there talent and stamina now was a good final .
 

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I sent you the packet of seeds on Friday and hope you can get them today or tomorrow. Was a bit worried about you.

Hope you like the other seeds as well. Yes, the Tsipat??? seems to be very good.
 
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I've been watching the odd match bit annoying amazon had covered as well , didn't get to watch federer destroy Novak and when I did get chance he were awful against tsitsipas missed 12 break points . The younger players but not that young anymore theim is 25-26 are catching up and look physically fast compared to the big 3 . Can't believe fed - nadel and novak are still top dogs most tennis players are over the hill when they hit 30s

Cold frosty morning today even wore my long johns today but it were quite nice in the sun . Its already frozen now hopefully this frost will finish off the last of the dahlias some just dont want to go black they are just hanging on.
 

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Yes, the top 3 are well over 30, but some sports personalities are just less troubled by injuries. I caught a glimpse of Federer's playing and knew he would lose. The guy is so young and taller. £20m is a lot of money. Well done to him.

It's cold and I am annoyed with myself. Yesterday, got to the allotment only to find that I had no pen with me. Came home and realised that Myrtle and Rajman Firecracker were both smaller clumps and of course,I mixed them up. Grrrrrrrrrrrr! Potted them up and wait for more confusion to come. The living room is full of flying compost gnats. o_O

Sold the vitopod and now have a bit of cash to splurge

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Google temperature and it actually is -1c! Whoa! Glad that I took tons of cuttings. A dry day to come, hopefully! I think I will don 2 pairs of trousers as well. No fun shivering in the garden!

My Honka has set seeds. Just a tiny bud. I replanted Honka in the hope of getting more seeds. But no, a quick tidying up saw me removing the last useful bud. Oh, dear! Dahlia sets seeds even in the frost here in East London. I was so unthinking and too quick. If it rains badly, I might move it back into the lean to.

Bought some bird foods from Wyevale. £2 for 3 bags of small suet pellets. had been very disappointed as they had been untouched. So were the fat balls. So 3 bird feeders and no takers. Kicked myself to have bought the fat balls. Two mornings ago, saw the suet feeders totally empty. Last night, knowing how cold it would be, I topped them up apart from the fat balls. Hope I have helped the birds a bit in this bitter cold!

I will stick to bargain balls! 49p for 6 (smaller balls - shrinkage but same price) as they have always been popular!
 
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Morning all heavy frost this morning and not clearing bright day though all plants are feeling sorry for them selves but a few spring bulbs are showing.
 
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Yes, very heavy frost and all my salvia amistad blooms were covered with icing. At 10am, all the fog and frost were gone! Just a very cold day. Put down tons of newspapers on the tiled lean to floor. Thank heavens for the free newspapers.

Zenj, you're right. Better not to worry about seedlings in winter. Even I have been freezing these last few days. Now I have discovered that I have been hosting feast for starlings and sparrows. Not a tits in sight! :unsure: o_O

Had potted up some Lupin Gallery Blue Shades and some Centurion Blue bi-colour delphiniums. Now I have to be careful they don't become meals for compost gnats.
 

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Last night, we had a roasted dinner with Butternut squash - oh, soooo sweeeet!. Brazenly asked my next door allotmenteer for one! I had it once when I was very young and didn't quite remember what it tasted like. Even though I had a big bag of spuds, I decided to add some of the squash. It was delicious and 2/3 of the squash was pure flesh! Pure bliss and I have already saved up some seeds for next year.

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It's just cold in the lean to and my candle has finished burning! Feel sorry for the plants and can't wait until the temperature climbs up to double digit! A dizzying height of 10c on Friday!
 

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T&M is doing another £1 for £10 round and on top of that there is another 4 packets for the price of 3. I ended up paying £9.95. Now I need to get another allotment to house them.
 

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What a cold day yesterday was. Hope no more homeless died in the cold.
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Seems to be the same today. Yesterday, I was tidying up the black boxes in the lean to and saw tons of gardening stuff inside the boxes. Some mealworms had gone really old and the chickens turned up their nose.

Salvage another tray of dahlia cuttings and replanted a Daphne Aureomarginata odorous. It was not happy where it was at all.

Gazania is tentative in this cold air, but it's a trier!
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Mother of Pearl is flowering for a 2nd time!
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Penstemon Sour Grapes M Fisher ? is very happy to perform in this cold!
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Mother of Pearl's flowering stem!
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Penstemon Arabesque Red F1 very bushy and the flowers are a striking red!
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Flower of the year for me! Alstroemeria still flowering, even now!
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Roses in the allotment
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Mushroom and this was only one of the two.
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Achillea - What a happy bunch!
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Penstemon phoenix Red
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A half formed Green Twister!
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Some kind of Helleborus picotee?
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I've had the lurgy all week but I've been doing a bit over the week still lifted the last of the dahlias yesterday. Had the afternoon off so wrestled the Cannas out of the pots and cut back the plants / removed tithonia from the hot border.

The shredding pile were getting quite large so pulled out the little woodchipper but the cutting were to wet and slimy so got out one of the bigger mowers and chomped them up with that. By time I had finished that it were already dark

my bulbs arrived today from farmer gracy I do tend to have a look at the quality of the bulbs when they arrive . Bought that 1 allium ambassador and it is HUGE , I think they sent me the XXL bulbs which were being sold for £9 each instead of the £3.50 bulbs :)

These are 3 of my other Allium Ambassador bulbs compared to
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Whoa! That's huge! How come I don't have such lovely mistakes! I didn't buy it as I only bought those 5 bulb lots. I even ordered ShubertiiI Hope it's exciting!
 

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Peter Nyssen is having £10 off. Use TENOFF1 at checkout

The new allotmenteer is going to deliver some horse manure today and I will be busy. It was drizzly last night and I hope it's not going to rain today as it will be so messy. Shredded 9 bags of leaves yesterday and it took 3 hours. Now I need to find somewhere to let them decompose gracefully. The next lot won't be shredded - too much hassle and now that I have a bit to get going, I will just let the leaves stew.

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We have a respectable 7c now. It was so cold yesterday! Hope you guys are warmer and hope the rain doesn't depress you!

The lady whose house is next to the allotment was very obliging when I asked her for laburnum seeds and she gave me some. Now one has already sprouted. So thrilled. The same can't be said of my Witch Hazel seeds. I wish I had heeded Perki's advice and bought the Hamemalis. Last time we went, both Fiesta and Hamemalis had gone. :banghead: :banghead:o_O Got some orange witch hazel seeds, but googled, more head-banging as they require 20c and then 4c.. I will just put them out in a pot and let them do their own business. Too painful to worry about all that malarkey..
 
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I think you should of got the witch hazel to, they don't come true to seed so you orange ones could be anything and take many years to flower. Ones in GC like arnold etc are all grafted onto a root stock hence why they are so dear to buy.

I love laburnums remind me of wisteria ,I germinated a laburnum from seed before but forgot about it so it :dead: I bought a bareroot one but I could see where it were previously planted so I think I may of planted it to deep, anyway it never came to . I ended up buying one from the GC for about £30-40 7ft tall think it were early 2017 ? I happy I payed the extra for a larger plant now not just because it has established itself but all the years saved from trying originally from seed.

I am having the afternoon off , I really need to plant some bulbs and other stuff but Iam not feeling up to it, my throat killing me especially outside with the cold air . I probably will do something just so I dont get bored and feel like I've wasted an afternoon.
 

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Yes, it's a real shame. If I bought it from internet, it would be tiny. Seeds are pretty much useless as thy need special treatment. £10 for a 5 foot tall one is a bargain. Those with original prices were fetching £30. £5 for a Fiesta apple was brilliant too. OK, it was abit misshapen, but it can still be trained after a bit of trimming. Fiesta is delicious.

The lady warned me that laburnum seeds were very poisonous and told me a story in which a mother poisoned her children by grinding laburnum seeds into their food. :inpain: :eek: . If you could get seeds, they would be easy to germinate. I might get son to get some for you as he might be tall enough to reach the seed pods. She told me to get them, but they were beyond reach. If you want them, I can get them for you. The seed pods were full of tiny black bugs which swarmed over my yellow top last summer and my son's lime green shirt. Now I know why!;) After that, I have sworn not to wear that top again to the allotment. Got quite a bit of horse manure, but the quality is not that brilliant. Richard turned up his nose, but H said he would get it even though he didn't think much of it. I didn't really mind as long as they can mulch my patch. Then the new allotmenteer son's in law said that he would get them every month, I went home as I was doing it with a tiny bucket for nearly 3 hours. Awful to be stuck in traffic at school finishing time. Took me an hour, not to mention the foul smells emanating from unwashed with matted hair who even had a wife sitting next to him:unsure:o_O:banghead::cry:, alkie whose blood oozed a different stench and chain smokers who came out to kill the air!

I myself have some bulbs to plant, only in pots. Don't fancy digging up the ground and killing the plants already in situ!

Hope your throat is getting better - salt water to rinse your mouth and paracetamol x 2 every 4 hour but no more than 2 days will usually work. I hope it's just a cold, Perki! Also, a bit of vapour rub around your throat will ease the pain a bit.
 
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Morning all rained all night and still pouring ,full of cold too sore throat gargling with salt water ,so a lazy weekend
 
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We don't have rain, but constant drizzle. At least, it's warmer than before. Going to have rain the whole evening. I'm lugging the water to the bamboos at the back. I separated several bamboos about 9 foot tall to plant at the back. 4 survive bar one! Quite chuffed! Expecting more rain on Monday! The garden is slippery and downright dangerous.

Cold sores - A lemon squeezed with honey is what you guys need. My son even bought 2 horrible reduced lemons to do that for myself. 20p!? I told him to squeeze them before buying. Nothing beats vitamin C. Need to go out to take more cuttings.

Earlier, horrified to find one big chunk of hellebore Stained Glass lying around. Potted it up and placed it somewhere and now I have forgotten where I had put it! My train of thought is always disrupted. Must go out before the sun is out! These days are totally miserable. Don't want to turn on the radiator as son is not here!
 

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Well, the weather is getting a bit warmer and then cold again. Now I realise that in the US, the ground gets so cold that they can't plant alliums or other bulbs if it snows too much. Talking about bulbs, I saw a line of pink and beautiful nerines outside a house and would like to try that. Very delicate and yet they make such a good impression. Hopefully, I can get some seeds, but with such cold weather, it's such to tell.

Got my tiny Samsung, so couldn't take the video very well.

Have a nice weekend, everybody!
 
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Well progress has been made in planting bulbs , planted all the pots up with bulbs daffs - tulips - muscari etc
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. I did make a mistake planting one of the troughs up on the fence , planted the wrong tulips only realized when I finished and picked the tulips up I were supposed to plant :cautious: I had to remove everything again and replant.

Potted up plants I am hoping to save over winter, I can't find my scoop its driving me insane its been lost for 2 month, I've got a feeling it might be hibernating in the compost heap.

Planted out the last of the daffodils but for jenny in the garden and the camassia.
Feel like I am getting somewhere now with the bulbs just a box of alliums and others like crocus- snowdrops to plant
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My throat much better now but still got an itchy cough hopefully I may of shifted it in a couple of days.
 
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Glad that you feel better. Make sure you take some paracetamols or lemon juice drink to get rid of it. It's sapping my energy and dampening my mood when I was in the grip of it. My son is very good at making his own lemon juice and honey as every year around concert time, he will have it.

I used to be crazy about Camassias, but no more. Just don't have the impact I like. Well, Farmer Gracey's free postage was over. The big Ambassador bulb was still £7. This year, I planted my bulbs in pots as every time I dug the ground, I killed some and that's not clever.

Room temperature is now 18.6c. Very respectable.
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Must dig up most of my dahlias by Friday or the frost will really have it. Found a huge duster sheet and might use it to cover all my tender plants. In this weather, I still have Cirsium in flower, alstroemerias the Summer series (white and orange white) some salvias. I guess salvias will be big as they are still flowering now. Some penstemons are still very happy and so is Aster Monch.

Watched Trust me, I'm a Doctor in which they investigated the mitigating effect of silver birch on road traffic pollution and then googled that wallflowers, alchemilla Mollis, ivy, alder, lavender, hebe, cistus, convolvulus and rosemary would also help. Must grow some outside. I used to rip up the wallflowers and chuck them. Now I must find where they are and plant them outside my house instead of at the back. I wish I had bought the one from Ongar Wyevale. They only asked for £10. It's called Betula ?? Some kind of birch. A man expressed his amazement at such a low price. I said I couldn't get it into our car. At that point, I didn't know how good a pollution fighter it was. Perhaps, it hadn't the same leaves to capture the particulates. The man even offered to deliver the tree into my house. I politely declined. Instead I bought trellis breaking wisteria alba x 2. The last 2 were £5 each! I knew somewhere I have a pink one!

Neighbour allotmenteer planted a vine and I so wanted one. But he has 2 plots whilst I have one. Can't even buy a good vine as those in gc were full of full size pips and the grapes were tiny!

Son used his phone and filmed the birds again. There were two blue ones with with shades - very pretty! He liked them so much that we were talking about buying some. Well, we'll see. At least, they don't leave huge calling cards. Having said that, chickens' calling cards make good fertiliser. I wanted to keep some for Jenny who help dig my potato patch, but 2 days of rain had turned it into a horrible soup! Ooops!

Went to Homebase and bought 2 pyracanthas. I used to kill them and now I'm buying them. 2 under a fiver for the back of my gardener where people can come into my garden. Christmas time is worrying time for burglaries! Make sure you secure your house when you go out!
 

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