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After today I think your weather looks fine to apply don’t forget to stir them in the water well.
 
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Will do. Apparently, snowflakes in London! But with the heat in my house, the road and the residual heat from last year, I don't need to worry. I have planted out 5 dahlias and have taken cuttings. The more pots I put out, the more pots I have ended up having cuttings. One dahlia has more than 10 stems of about 8 inches tall. Take 3 cuttings out of my Salvia Black and blue and removed part of the fleshy tubers. Very pleased. Last year, it died and I had to buy another one.

Dancing Queen is a bit anaemic, like me today, a bit unwell!
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£2 acer palmatum

I think I have broken the longest stem! Oh, dear! It's a bit too cold out there. Sorry, Dahlias!
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I should have my nematodes tomorrow. Please rain again and again.
 
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I had to cover that last dahlia with a fleece. I had about 6 dahlias out. By Friday, they should be all right. Last night, I was fed up with the slow progress of my salad. I will have a viewing on Saturday and my lean-to is overrun with trays of tiny salad leaves, lobelia seeds .. so I turned on and up the propagator to 18c. Hopefully, they will be up and I can plant them out on Friday.

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Well, I normally consult the weather chart before turning on the washing machine. Today, I had no choice as I had to wash the lace curtains. Life is so much more relaxed because of British summer time. Normally, I had to do everything needing electricity by 7.30, now it's 8.30. I can do the lawn mowing tomorrow to make the place look tidy - as if there were such a thing.

Sun is out. Great.

After hiding my begonia baskets Ember glow and the others inside my workshop, I'm pleased to announce that they are still alive! Soooo happy! Will take cuttings.
 

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Hidden agony behind our craze for cashews: How thousands of Indian nut processors on £2.15 a day are left with 'unbearable' burns from acid in the shells of the superfood loved by vegans
  • Cashew nut processors in India have been left with burns from the superfood
  • Pushpa Gandhi, 30, shells cashews and earns 200 rupees, or £2.15, a day
  • Cashew shells have cardol and anacardic acid — that can cause vicious burns
  • Charity Traidcraft Exchange blame poor conditions on European supermarkets
  • They say stores lower prices and force cashew companies to hire cheap labour
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Glad that I'm not a great fan! One would think they would have mechanised the process by now!

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My surfinia cuttings are looking promising
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I like to mess about the genetics of plants and I have hand-pollinated hellebores and irises. Last year, I had 3 such iris seed pods and yet I was clumsy enough to knock one of the seed pods off and a stem was gnawed by the blessed SS! So I ended up with one seed pod. I inserted some inside some jiffy pellets as they provided a clean environment for new seeds as soon as the seeds were dry enough. I cut open the bottom of the jiffy pellet so that roots could expand. I always ribbed open the membrane when seeds germinated and I also ripped the membrane open sideway as I hated to see plants dead because of the constraint put on the plant whilst it got bigger and they usually died with the membrane around the dead rootball.

The end result is usually that the jiffy pellets ended up with nothing and I left them to dry, or I ripped open the membrane and reused the innards. Then I had an epiphany - I planted something new using the other end of the jiffy pellets as they are not cheap.

Today, I was moving tons of trays inside the mini toms greenhouses at the back so that the lean up will look tidier. I saw these - 2 iris seeds have germinated
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As you can see, some iris seeds had germinated and on the other side was some salvia cuttings.

I have 2 of these irises - very pleased. Quite hilarious and I hope I have some hybrids as I had used different types of irises - even a dwarf yellow one as it had tons of pollen.
 

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Good morning to a busy day. Have to mow the lawn and get the house ready for tomorrow. I am already feeling the heat. Tummy was rumbling the whole of yesterday and I didn't do much, apart from moving the trays to the back. The bay window lace curtain was shredded by the washing machine and it's going to be costly to replace it, just what I don't need when I have a 2nd viewing. The couple sold their house last week and asked to see mine again. I had some brazened slugs and snails inside the lean to and one slug was literally eating my seedling early in the morning, under my angry glare and killing stare. Right nuisance! Then the pink Argy that I bought was de-petalled, so I lifted up all the pots, only to discover the unwelcome snail.

I so want to get the Tidal Wave petunia Red Velour recommended by the gardener of Parnum Park and it reminds me that Johnny Canoe was using the same kind of petunias! Now that I have removed the swing, I no longer have a climber structure! Very sad! All my clematises have to settle with a stick in the pot.

Now someone has pinched my predicted sunshine!

Supposed to be hours of sunshine from 7am, as predicted yesterday.

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Now I have to mow in the dark after 7.30am! :banghead:
 

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Icy blast takes its toll on bird numbers: 15 out of 20 species most commonly seen in gardens appear less this year after the Beast from the East
  • Numbers of long-tailed tits down by 27 per cent, and wrens down 17 per cent
  • The wave of cold weather dubbed the Beast from the East in February
  • Fewer sightings of 15 of 20 species commonly seen in gardens compared to 2018

I need to feed the birds today!
 

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The sun IS OUT! Glorious! Mown and scarified the lawn and will apply seed repair and Epsom salt tomorrow as the air warms up a bit more. Or do I need to do it?

Off now for the day!
 

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We are having great weather as well. I need to switch on the laptop to ask for Viewxtension! I need to paint the whole of the lean to as the smoke from a piece of burning paper tainted the whole lean to. It's a nightmare.

Lovely weather from Newcastle, Zenj ! Great apricoty peachy daff! I wanted to take a photo of my single peachy, but the slugs had beaten me to it by piercing a hole through the trumpet! Grrrrrr! I should have my pagoda erythronium. I'd better get going or the Viewxtension will be in 2020! :cry::eek::banghead:
 

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Supposed to have a viewing today 5.30pm. The lace curtain of my bay window (which is about 180 inches wide ??) has been shredded by the washing machine and we went to various areas to try to find a replacement. No such luck!

Bought a white shower curtain for £5 - a terribly thin flimsy piece of rubbish. I have no idea how a national company treats its customers like this. A piece of plastic which is so flimsy that I would be pleased if it last 6 months.

Buried a lot of peonies and divided Honey Gold into 3. Was pleased with the peony snippet in GW yesterday, but could have been better. Finally, this morning, I've got to sow a bit more tom - Lidl, Rosella and Shirley. Now I feel so much better.

Because of the viewing, I had to remove the trays outside, which is a bit of a nuisance. The fluctuation in temperatures won't be good for my seedlings, not to mention slugs. By the way, @Zenj Could you please measure the hole size of the size 14 watering rose. Went to B&Q and couldn't find any. Might have to enlarge the rose myself. Hopefully, I can do it after the rain tomorrow. Could you do it twice after the first applications please? I haven't read the instruction properly.
 
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Morning alp hard to measure holes classed as course you can apply again but I have never done if dry I water again they start multiplying when they kill the slugs underground you won’t see dead slugs as most slugs are underground but they will diminish the baby slugs so you will have less slug problems ,I used them twice the first year now I only apply once and I find a big difference.This is what a 14 rose is like.
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I think I know what to do. I just just something to enlarge the holes. Thank you so much. Now, need to clear the lean to. 5.30pm is the deadline!
 

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Good morning - got a postponement to viewing until Monday and it has been all quiet for the viewings. Not that I am worried. But yesterday, I had to remove all my seed trays with seeds into cold areas in the garden. I am still crying for my seeds/seedlings and plants, especially the Birds of Paradise. It's crazily cold yesterday whilst the day before, I thought summer was already here! Might go and get a purple tree peony and see if I can graft all three (red and white I already have) together. I have been trying to graft fruit trees and it's like 1 out of 6, there is a success. Early days yet, but I could see green the newly grafted materials. But most have been failed by the tape which came loose! :banghead:

The eggs are still eggs!:unsure: Got a cage for them free, but we don't know if the eggs will become chicks.
 

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After a whole day of shopping, eggs are still intact!


Ah, I exaggerated a bit. The success rate of my grafting is more like 2 out of 10!

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Cuttings taken 2 weeks ago and it has already rooted.
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Tree peony Red
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Pieris
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Yellow tulip Fimbiata?
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Thalia Narcissus
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Offiical: tulip with the biggest petal span in my humble garden!
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Clematis macropetala
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Beautiful markings on the iris. I must try my hand pollination tomorrow.

Frost damaged camellia
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Camellia Brushfield

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Fail 1 and Fail 2

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Fail 3
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Fail 4
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Fail 5

Success??

Suuuucess 1?
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Suuuucess 2?
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Forgot to say that it has been raining since 11.30 and I took the photos when it's drizzling. Think the clock is wrong on the photo because of British summer time. So nice to be home .. Hopefully after tomorrow's rain, I can apply my nematodes.
 
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Been having a look round some garden centre today 3 to be exact. Not much to be had just picked up some busy lizzie seedling but were tempted by some onion sets. The last GC I went in I rarely ever go in because they never having anything I want, they only had quite a few plants in I've been galavanting here there and everywhere for :rolleyes: must of done going on 100 mile looking for some of these plants just to buy them online in the end, I've been past the place 4-5 times as well :banghead:.

Got home and started weeding the rear lawn for weed grass and cleaning it off ready for a overseed, overseed the lawn and made up some topdressing mix and top dressed the lawn , why is topdressing so expensive £6 for a 25 litre bag, saved about £25 in making my own. Put sprinkler on the lawn to water it in no rain forecast this week coming .

Tidy up the buddleia and removed ivy from the top half so the clematis can climb up easier. Weeded the front borders, looking at one of the front border looks like a forest of allium leaves I've got a penstemon to fit in there somewhere.
 

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Good morning! Why is it so hot this morning - I'm in T shirt and sweating! :eek:

You must have a gorgeous day yesterday, Perki! Not so much for us! Cool and rain from 11.30 and didn't dry up until 5pm. Did a lot of food shopping. Tons of grapes as the one from Tesco was fabulously sweet. Got black ones from Lidl and Aldi. Hunt for lace curtain drew a blank. :banghead: A lousy one costs £25!

Petrol has gone up in price exponentially (ah, I'm a poser! What does that word mean?)

Wish we could gallivant using a bike! When we came out of the market square, there was a bearded man in a posh black car, who refused to budge and on my left hand side was flanked by parked cars. I was so mad that I pointed the bargain hunter hidden in the posh car to go up the kerb. How dare he? Refused to move an inch whilst 3 lines of traffic were hammed in a 2 in and out lanes. We all wanted to use the car park in the market square, but the entry road was narrow and as we were stuck there, we should pool together and work out a route instead of sitting there pretty and wanting everybody else making the move! I dislike parking in the market square, but that's the only place where we could find some big charity shops. Luckily, the car behind him had more sense and upped the kerb and order was soon restored. We went there 5 minutes past 10 and the car park was already 1/3 full.

Hard to find plants in gc unless you live very near to some decent good ones, Like the ones in Bedfordshire! Another incentive to go to the zoo! Shame that even the sin bin was mired in greed! :inpain: I do think that gcs suffer from ageism! Plants like hellebores were all gone from the gc in the next town. and tree peonies were all reduced on one Sunday. If you blink, you miss it. There your next year bliss is no more!

We are going to have days of rain and on Wednesday or Thursday, I will unleash my weapon against SS!

Saw a property near us with my name written all over it. Garden with 92 foot garden and a long front lawn to the place with a garage! £350K with tons to do - all needed to be replaced. :banghead::banghead::unsure::eek:

Line of Duty was distinctly poor this series. Even an idiot like me knows the boss is the baddy - H for Hastings! Amazed at the handsome crop of hair Adrian Dunbar still has on his crown. Most people just resort to skinhead to hide their shiny skull. Some people are born lucky!
 
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Thought it would be raining, but no! :banghead: The weather report is just so useless. The house that I like is now under offer! What was I thinking? Should have gone and viewed it! Another sob story!:cry:

The eggs have been through some acid tests and 3 sank and will be discarded and 3 little ones are showing sign of being in limbo .. Might start another batch!

Some nice surprises

Heurcheras are doing very well
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So are the beans, indoors though!
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Pak choi can be eaten as salad
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Kale
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Cerinthe
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What a creepy tulip! LOL! What was I thinking when I bought it?
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Turandot?

The first cistus bloom in my whole garden
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Read this article yesterday

As scientists warn of the rise of resistant 'superfungi', JANE FRYER reveals what could be lurking in your compost heap that could KILL you!

In its most lethal form — 'invasive aspergillus' — the spores of the aspergillus enter the body via the bloodstream and invade the lungs, where they grow.
The first inkling that Karen Hook, a 50-year-old horticulturist and mother-of-two from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, had of her condition was constant fatigue, a persistent cough and bad breath.
Then she started coughing up lumps of green fungus. In an operation to remove it all, part of her lung was destroyed.
In another case, Sandra Hicks, a 51-year-old pharmacist from Dorset was diagnosed with aspergillosis in 2008, and was told her infection was resistant to the drugs prescribed and would eventually kill her.

.... According to Stefan Buczacki, a former chairman of Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time and a past president of the British Mycological Society (mycology is the study of fungi), another sensible — if not controversial — precaution is to avoid 'turning' your compost.
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Well worth a read ...

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I am a sucker for pink! Love the colours!

Primula auricula
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Hellebores on the way out! So nice to see these flowers!
 

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