How are your gardens doing this year

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Some nice herbaceous honeysuckles about , nice compact bushes with glorious perfume
"Strawberries and Cream" and "Rhubarb and Custard" are particularly good

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I have a jasmine that I planted 3 years ago, that covers a corner of my patio and, mingled with the honeysuckle that comes over from the garden across the fence, there's a wonderful perfume in the evenings as they are both in full bloom. 8-)

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Few years ago Parkers offered - edible honeysuckles - three for a couple of quid, introductory price, supposed to produce long blue sweet berries. I was intrigued and planted them. Nothing happened. The following year I got three more and still nothing happened.

All of a sudden one's popped up, huge beautiful blossoms, streaked with tinges of rose and apricot. Let you know if any berries will follow.

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Passed the newspaper stand and huge tabloid headlines made me smile.

PHEW !!! GREAT SCORCHER THIS WEEK !!! - 27ºC - WE ARE ALL GONNA BOIL AND DIE !!!

A bit of heat. In July.

What boils at 27ºC?

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Our Redhot Pokers ( proper name??) are thriving really well. We have 28 this year and get one or two more each year. They are mostly around 3 ft. high. :wow:
Beware!! Virus originally from the East

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This year, my clematis produced just one, huge flower - about the size of a generous saucer :shock: - that was last month, and it's not produced any flowers since! Seems it used up all its strength making that biggy!

:!:

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Another glorious week in prospect and not ONE drop of rain, in over six weeks.

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Hi all, enjoying the sun?
My garden is a small balcony which I have to cover in plants ad it looks so bare.
I have to choose easy plants these days so I both get 3 hydrangeas and a few pots of Osteospermum.
It looks so much better than naked paving stones.
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Now filling out nicely
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That's lovely, JJ.

Yesterday had to resort to the hosepipe, which goes against the grain but shrubs and bushes will not survive, with just a few watering cans.

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My first day lily has just burst into bloom - it's turned out to be white.

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An official 'drought' has now been declared, in some parts of the UK. Forced to use the hosepipe and, a while back, I attached the big blue hose to the bathroom outlet, to get the shower water to various shrubs and trees in the back garden.

Laurie - Do you have rain up there, in the north pole of Scotland?

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Yes, same where I am. The grass in all the parks has turned brown & I have to water the garden every night. :(

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Where is you, etcetera?

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Southeast London.
And you?

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Devonshire Ooooooh Ahhrrrrrrr

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I expect you had a bit of rain then yesterday?

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We did have rain in Devon yesterday, quite a bit in the morning but it didn’t clear the air . Sun come out after lunch and hot and humid again.
The garden appreciated it though.
JJ

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The garden is full of flutterbyes and the goldfinches get through two large feeders of sunflower hearts, in just a couple of days. Usually by late July they disappear, the RSPB suggest they migrate and I wonder also if fields and trees are now full of seeds and they look for a more varied diet. By September they are back on the feeders and the blackbirds also return. I know they are the same family because they have splashes of white on their back feathers.

I put some mealworms out by the patio door and a little lady sparrow has been busy picking them up, for days. She must still be feeding a family. Quite late.

The Dry Office keep threatening rain but none thus far. One single solitary inch, since mid-May.

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Yep loads of butterflies! On an hour's stroll with my dog yesterday, I came across 6 different varieties!! Not bad for souf London!

The birds have abandoned my bird table now and, as you say, will prolly not appear again till the weather gets cooler.

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Well we were promised 10-20mm of rain in hour and got 20.1mm between 4.15 and 5 pm

No sign of birds deserting us yet , still fledglings trying to get fed and adults refusing them

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Water butts are half full; hooray.

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All the stored rainwater now gone, even the Heath-Robinson well. Might push me into having a proper well dug, which would have infinite water, sitting on a natural spring. This hillside is riddled with natural springs.

Panels are producing hundreds and hundreds of kilowatties, not used the gas boiler for hot water since last April.

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Can you tell me why the grass is brown, flower's are wilting, but the weeds are growing and multiplying with no problem??
I have a red sunflower.
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I was talking today to a chap who mows field as part of his living.

He was saying that the drought has caused the grass to dry out at the roots and die. The weeds have deeper root systems so can survive longer.

He mentioned that the early mow was quite good, but that there is some uncertainty as to whether there will be a second one. They wont know until the rain comes.

If the grass doesn't grow it will mean reseeding the fields. A very expensive operation.

And it will present problems for farmers who may not have enough winter food for their animals.

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