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Not so warm here and it must of rained over night. Which salvias are you growing ? Your dahlia cutting are loking good as well, did you see gardeners world last friday about dahlia cutting plants have bigger and more vibrant flowers ?

I always buy a load of compost before potting on seedling so not stockpiling due to covid 19 but I am glad I did buy it just in time. I've already used 2 and half bags before buying 16 more, I'll probably need 8 ish more bags when I plant my summer pots up.

I've been taking plants into the GH this week but more frost forecast for Friday morning and Saturday so I'll have to bring them in for those days, due to warm back up though (y). GH is already pritty full and I've still got majority of my seedling in the house.
 
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I have about 7 new salvia growing, including Hians! Sorry, just got evicted from the living room. Talk later!
 

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Got evicted for half an hour, but I had to water a lot of potted plants. I have to give up on some of my hellebores as I haven't divided my doubles yet, so I definitely need to buy a piece of land like the dahlia growers. Yes, it's amazing that rooted cuttings and tuber growths give out different grades of flowers. I remember Zenj talked about getting a flower which looked nowhere like what the seed/tuber packet showed. And I love the Galanthus Steve Owen! Wish there would be one named after me. I'm trying my hand at bearded iris pollination and have sown some seeds. Need to sow some later. I have already cross pollinated some galanthus.

Café au Lait I used to have! Don't think I have it this time and all the gc selling them are closed. Thanks. Some of the cuttings look good as I managed to take a bit of tuber, but it's hard work. 2/3 times I couldn't manage it.

Heard on the news that 2000 nurseries are throwing away their plants. They don't need to, Online commerce is going crazy and the postmen have never got any recognition! It's very sad. Wish I could be their bins!

Salvia Glutinosa which started my trouble! LOL!
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Salvia Jurisicii

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Salvia Moorcroftiana

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Sadly not Moorcroftiana Shangri La

Salvia Barrelierri

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I have the feeling this is a wrong photo! Ooops!

Salvia Rose Rhapsody

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Salvia Viscosa
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Those from Chilterns are doing very well, from Plant World seeds, I have to check.

Also, this year I have bought some abutilon seeds and hope they will reward me. You all know how I get close and personal with the markings of abutilons! Just love them.

Penstemon Cyananthus

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Penstemon Mexicanus

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It's like I'm counting chicks before they are hatched.

I definitely will have Salvia Glutinosa as I have bought a plant and have taken cuttings, but the blessed aphids are part of the foodchain! Grrrrrrrrrrrrr! Yesterday, I took 5 ladybirds from outside and released them in my lean to. I wonder if they will actively procreate or actively annihilate the blessed green tiny behemoths!

Funny how Salvias are named so horribly - Glutinosa, Uliginosa!

My large Glutinosa plant is outside sitting under a grand dome taken from the allotment as it was left by the previous owner! Yeah!
 

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Is there an emoji for a sign of relief!? Finally, 5c is the predicted minimum. The night before last was horrific. My bungei was roasted, 2 salvias toasted! I cut off the top horrible stewed bits and covered them with big paint tubs. Normally, around this time, my hellebores will be covered with aphids. Thank heavens NOT this year, but the chill had greyed my hardy slipper orchids, so I took them back in the lean to. Nothing going on, except for this

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AND I actually have a label Dens Canis x 5! 5 bulbs for £5.99 was very reasonable. When I stumbled upon that, I was very happy and now even happier!

Took some dahlia cuttings again and the names seemed to alien to me - Optic Illusion, Fancy Pants .. The latter is actually stunning.

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I don't mind wearing this one! Charming and delightful!

Ah, I must persevere with my Salvia Hians.. 3rd time lucky I hope now that the weather is more clement!
 

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Wonder if it's safe to plant my sweetcorns outside on Sunday or Saturday!

If only every dahlia cuttings were like this
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I'm not the only one getting excited over new growths
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Camellia
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Amazing how plants respond to heat. Near heat and sunshine, they bloom so much earlier!
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I hope you are all going to enjoy my good fortune!:cool::D I wonder if my limping seeds now feel the searing heat after the freezing chill!

My lovely E G Waterhouse

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When the sun is out, I will cross pollinate the two and I wonder if they have seeds! I remember someone saying that the yellow one might not have seeds.
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I might ask the supplier as to the name of this beauty with purple pollen! Lovely as it's different.
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Pagoda I think!

Apricot Twirl - Due to the lack of space, I have dug up Daffs and tulips are no exception. Suddenly, last night the daff episode made me see them in a different light! Some salmon pink ones were simply stunning!
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Apricot Twirl is one confused beauty!

How are your Farmer Gracy performing?
 

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Blimey all that sun , you'll be crying out for rain again soon ;).

Do you mean my farmer gracy bulbs from last autumn ? I think / are they are coming up some camassia and daffs , you are a lot further on than me daffs started flowering down town ( about 250 -300 feet lower down ) about 2 week ago my very few large daffs in the garden haven't been open more than a week. The ones in the pots are behind cause I plant them late. MY crown imperial fritillaria are just starting to flower :).

Just been down weeding at that new job I were on about a while back , I haven't got a picture yet but its mainly shrubs / conifers but some nice unusual conifers . He has a tree fern as well about 5ft tall.
 

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I cackled! What do you mean by crying out for rain again soon? I AM ALREADY CRYING! :banghead: :cry::cry:
3 and a half butts gone!

Even when it's raining, I would take the water in the kitchen for washing vegs and stuff to the front garden as I knew it wouldn't be long when the garden would be patched. The strong wind literally dried up my back garden. Quite a few hellebores in pots have been abandoned by me! What a bad mother!

Did you people see Adam Frost using a pathetic crate to grow carrots! He must be growing Chantenay carrots!
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Rachel was on and last time she went to Monty's, they nearly had fisticuffs!

I have quite a few camassias and I have gone off them and couldn't even recognise what they were. I do have 2 lovely daffs from Farmer Gracy and a grosesque dark blue muscari! I would never let them go loose in the ground. The ordinary muscari has always been giving me a fright. You need to mash the roots up or they multiply like thugs.
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That orange is really pretty!

Went to the allotment and felt like a fish out of water. All the men folks there turned their soil and all very neat and well dug. I just wanted to get away with doing as little as possible. Last year, I mulched nearly the whole area and of course there were weeds this afternoon, but I was secretly chuffed as it was not so bad at all. I said to myself that I preferred no dig and that I needed to protect the existing bacterial and worms' abode (grand excuse for lazybone like me) . I just put all my Red Duke of York underneath a big hole and covered it. I think they must now know that I am sloppy. I can't be bothered and it's sad that we left the seed bag at home. The only other thing I have sown was the butternut squash. Mmmm, so yummy! I will never touch another pumpkin again! My plan B already decreed NO MORE PUMPKIN! Oooops!
 

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My freegler friend sent me this Mellicanthus Major with 21 flowering spikes

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Ideal for allotmenteering! Too hot for me though!

Yummy watercress in allotment

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First 2 osteospermum
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Old age has crept upon me - shaking syndrome! Should have been a lovely lavender

Very first bearded iris - baked next to neighbour wall
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Pagoda! Believe it or not, the pot nearby was for erythronium seeds - a pure waste of time and money!
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The pink ones were not faring very well.
 

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Nice sunny day here but a tad breezy but nice for gardening ,will have a look at farmer Gracie later as free delivery ends tonight .
 

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Zenj

Please do me a favour! What are you ordering. I only want Black Buddha and that's just not enough.
 
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Zenj Ah, I remember seeing free postage over £50. I had 3 items in the basket but was busying watching Belgravia - very slow and petty and single plot drama. And 3 hours of in the heat and sun in the allotment made me forget everything. Now that you said that, no loss there! I really like Scadoxus, but the price is still a bit high.

The only other thing planted in situ in the allotment was the sweetcorn Xtra Sweet, and the butternut squash seeds planted the day before. Moved all the hydrangeas and irises and son placed the water butt in the proper place. Next weekend, we either go there very early or very late as yesterday, I was partly helped by the gentle breeze. Came home at 4pm. Very sad that I had lost all my asparagus seedlings.

There is an article by Monty Don about growing your own veg at this time of crisis. Glad that I bought tons of seeds last year, especially celery, cress, salad mixed and those hundreds of lettuce seeds. I planted my multi-coloured carrots in a 10 or 13L pot, not the tiny crate as demonstrated by Adam Frost! :unsure:

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Had a peep, not a drop of rain! Lost opportunity!

Some screaming red and yellow tulips from the day before.

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This is a wonderful red one with maroon markings inside the petals
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This one is a plain red! Very interesting. All the tulips will be dug up and potted up as I need to have room for my cosmos, salvias, penstemons, asters, heleniums ...
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The minimum temperatures are not that brilliant, with 6 being the lowest in a fortnight. I guess with the day time temperature high enough, there will be residual heat from the day time to warm up my veg seedlings. Sowed some more yesterday. Will gradually move out the daffs and tulips into pots. There simply is no room. Things are still going very slowly, with petunias being the worst!

Ah, snakehead! One and only one so far
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A lot of ballerinas in the garden!
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Wonderful daff!
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Kick-off
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Hi not done much today just moved some more plants into the greenhouse. Its been a nice sunny warm day but we had frost this morning , it hasn't nipped anything in the gh so it all good.

I most get more plants for around now , garden looking bland / boring at the moment I can only fit so many plants in though, i am gear up for mainly May to November . I've lost one of my helenium waltraut as well, disappointing but I'll just split one of the others.
 

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Good morning to all:

Woke up very late and managed to squeeze in an hour at least of watering. I saw my hellebores dying in front of my eyes. 6 butts of water gone! The wet, the wind and the insipid cold night weather that haven't been kind to my plants at night manifested their nasty sting in my garden and in the lean to. - no seedlings, plants nearly died (I just saved a 3 foot tall viburnum plicatum mariesii at the neck of time!) Have been very busy. Last night, I watched CBS What's Killing me? The hair at the back of my neck stood up as it was riveting watching. Amazing mother's love which saved her son. After focusing so much on the shock and horror, I felt asleep with the Real Prime Suspect. As a result, couldn't sleep. So this morning, I was very pleased that I managed to water some of the garden before 8am on the dot! Wonder what you guys watch on TV.

Losing plants is a most heartbreaking affair! This year, I have been very LUCKY! I listened to Monty Don and all my tall bushy salvia and my Salvia Patens has been giving me cuttings. I also took cuttings from my S Glutinosa, cuttings from penstemons. The rest, as usual, I lost the labels and got them mixed up again! I'm so hopeless. My cuttings were doing very well until the storms came along and the winds and dryness just ruined my game. Even the perennial lobelias are crying out for something. Last year, I drowned them in water and managed to raise them with beautiful flowers - Compton Pink! Most delicious peachy pink! This year, they made face at me - showing their displeasure or discomfort! Grrrrrrrrrrr!

Looking at the weather report, I just want to cry. Remember, Perki, you said I would cry. I'm crying now. No rain in sight for a fortnight. Every time I look at the weather report, I will the blue blob to come to London! But sadly, I'm no rain wizard!

Look at the bright side: my hand-pollinated iris seeds have sprouted and I will go for the rest. Look like another lovely day. Must end horticultural suffering or I will be in mourning soon.
 
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Yesterday evening, we were prepping and pumping a duck for a roasted dinner! Just the prospect was salivating. Reaching for the breast, I found myself touch the carcass underneath the big layer of fat! The meant there is no meat in the breasts - the only meaty bit of the whole bird. This was the 2nd time it had happened to me. The first one was a roasted duck at £14 from a Chinese supermarket. There was literally no meat in the breasts. £7 for a long of work and no meat in the only meaty area. Don't buy duck from Lidl unless you want to ruin your festive seasons.

Weather was gorgeous and

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Quite a few of these ballerinas! Quite magical!
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A magnolia with only one bud. I thought I had a white Stellata in the allotment. Well, the label was white, but the flower revealed a Susan. Need to get the money back from Lidl!
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I think this is Minnow: so pure and fragrant!
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Minnow and this one are my favorites
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Asclepias Tuberosa and Echinacea Rubinstern germinating!
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The result of my fiddling with yellow and blue ordinary irises and bearded irises. I must sow the other half of the seeds. Very nice to see result, but don't think the hybridisation will be as dramatic as that in this story.
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Leave my favorite photo for last! And also, my birch seeds have germinated. Very pleased.
 

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A little bit of heat and suddenly WHOOSH, buds and flowers appeared out of nowhere!

Yet the cold night really damaged my Fritillaria Imperialis - their colours already faded and turned lighter because of the cold night.

A wonderful tulip - only one in the whole garden!

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Dancing erythronium everywhere!
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First time in my life, I actually overwintered a pasque flower!
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Susan ?? I don't trust Lidl label any more! Another magnolia carrying a white stellata label turned out to be like this one and red too!
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Fimbriata tulip
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all tulips wild open
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Camellia Kick off

Clematis Macropetala for £7.49
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Last week, I saw some white clematis in Aldi for £5.99 smothered with flowers - very good value.
 

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Meanwhile, at the front garden - Californian Poppy was already screaming with joy!
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Cerinthe
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Aster first flower!
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Next to this common iris is this is a new fragrant iris
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Weather been nice more a less all week , its jsut been thundering and now some welcome rain has arrived .

Not much done in the garden the past few days, I've resown some grass seed again to repair the edge of the lawn seen as the sparrows took a liking to my previous grass seed. Potted on some seedling and I seem to be doing a lot of watering lately . Also split Helenium Waltraut seen as I've lost one .

A few pic of my pots which are starting to fill out now .
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GH looks a bit messy but honestly it quite tidy/organised
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Its really raining now its knocked the TV off and probably wash my grass seed away :rolleyes:
 

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