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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:48 am 
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Farmers are having a tough time. Baking temperatures and no rain in this area, for nearly two months. No grass for the livestock to eat ... what, barley, corn, potatoes, veggies ... may all fail.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:36 am 
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They're now muttering about 'scattered showers' this weekend in the southeast. Some thunderstorms even! Cautious optimism?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:05 am 
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The Dry Office threatened - heavy showers - for the whole of last week. Plenty of broken cloud but not one drop of the wet stuff.

I guess August will be wet and cold, as usual, for the kiddywinkles. Poor little bar-stewards.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:05 pm 
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South West Water posted info that a hosepipe ban is not yet envisaged, reservoirs are eighty percent full, more than this time last year. I guess the very wet winter and the fact that much work has been in progress, for years, towards a South West wide grid, moving water to dry areas, through rivers, canals and underground pipes.

I have not used the hosepipe in years, I thought - blow it - and gave all the shrubs and trees a good long soaking. Forgot what a nice feeling it is, holding my little hosepipe akimbo, at a graceful arc.

At ten last night it started raining (just as I hoped) and continued until after ten this morning, steady but not heavy, only half an inch in the gauge. Better than a kick in the Grampians but could do with three times that.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:39 pm 
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It darkened up this afternoon, but no rain.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:08 am 
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Dave - You had no rain there either?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:34 pm 
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It actually rained a few drops here this afternoon!! :shock: Just a short shower, but it seemed to bring the suffocating heat down a little. We've been promised a thunderstorm on Friday.... holding my breath...


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:09 pm 
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I am wondering why the grass is not growing but the dandelions and daisy in it are,


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:51 pm 
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Grass is shallow rooted , daisies and dandelions certainly aren't (have you tried digging one up?)


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:04 pm 
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logicalN wrote:
Grass is shallow rooted , daisies and dandelions certainly aren't (have you tried digging one up?)


No, normally just cut the tops of, it is daisy I have a lot off, still on the brown grass they look nice :wink4:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 10:09 am 
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Is it normal for camellias to start having buds again in July?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:37 pm 
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My rhoddies are also full of buds. I think the plants are as confused and frazzled as we are.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:02 am 
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Much cooler now and heavy downpours, in many areas.

Here - not ONE drop !!!!!!


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:33 pm 
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Gentle rain on and off since about midday , 9 mm recorded so far , temperature down by about 15 degrees on yesterday at the same time . Much pleasanter!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:41 pm 
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Here near Grimsby. We had thunder storms. And a heavy down pour. Which lasted about 2 minutes. Then occasional light rain. But not enough. However Saturday and today. Strong winds. Which have decimated my "Tree Lilies" Removing petals and leaves. And breaking some of the stems. But I'm leaving for pastures new, in a few weeks. So I don't care. North Yorkshire Here I come.


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Serious storm damage in many parts of the UK, two teenage boys, in different areas, drowned swimming in wild sea conditions. Those poor families. So easy to believe we are invincible, at that age.

The storms arrived here last night, strong gales and rain steady, rather than heavy. Friends had a big barbie/garden party yesterday, which had been planned for a long time. Of course, after the weeks and weeks AND weeks of baking sunshine, the day was cool and wet. We all sat together, under a big marquee and had a great time.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:35 pm 
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Seems I'll have to give the garden a good deep watering again tonight. It's 31C in my sittingroom just now, with windows open & all curtains firmly closed - god knows what the temp outside is!! :o


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Runner beans very poor this year


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:33 pm 
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My runny beans quite reasonable, started picking a few days ago.

Since using system like 'ring culture' not had one pesky mollusc problem. Local nursery was chucking out big black pots, my neighbour/friend cut off the bottoms, I fill them with fresh compost each year and plenty of muck around them.

Last year I used sheep wool pellets, cheap from The Range, this year pulled up all the forget-me-nots and rolled them around the pots. They go brittle dry and the pesky molluscs avoid them.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:15 am 
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Proper Brit Summer now restored, cool, with showers and sunshine. Removed the pipe from the bathroom outlet so the heatwave should return any moment now.

What I need to know, after moaning for months about the relentless heat and drought, how long am I allowed before I can screech - It's cold - It's wet - it's 'orrible - ?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:01 am 
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My Lavender only lasted about 2 weeks this year. Too hot!


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Not been a good year for Roses this year -the only things to have done well are the Begonias and the climbing Hydrangeas far too hot for most plants.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:14 pm 
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Strange about the lavender, they love it dry and hot.

Roses have been very good, I gave them a bucket most nights, during the heatwave. One hibiscus shrub flowered, after just sitting there and doing nowt, for ten years ???!!! The other hibiscus - zilch.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:32 am 
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Last few flowers on our balcony. It’s been a fabulous summer despite having to water our plants but they give us so much.
See you next year.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:34 pm 
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I was wondering why there were no plums on the floor beneath the tree this year.

Today I watched a big rat walk along a branch and retrieve a plum. It took it back to the trunk and ate it there.

Time for some blue ratty meals.

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