Tuesday, 7 July 2015

7 July : Intentions


Since we got back from France ten days ago I have been distracted by Matters Familial and there has been no time for anything except watering the garden. It all looks a bit shabby and tired but tomorrow all that will change. Weeds will be evicted. Plants which are sagging will stand to attention. There will be deadheading, trimming and raking. And the lupins will be sent to the Great Compost Heap in the Sky. Yes - sorry about that - I need the space for dahlias. I appear to be turning into a mad dahlia lady. It must be my age.

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  1. I like the idea of being a mad dahlia lady.

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    1. It is marginally preferable to wandering around in a purple hat.

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  2. All looking a bit weary and rain-beaten here too, and lots of things over much earlier than last year. Do your lupins winter over? Dahlias just about to flower here too, I'm going to do more next year, some from seed this year a real success..who knew x

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    1. I don't really have room to overwinter these lupins. I use pots for a lot of perennials but I am going to treat these as bedding plants - partly because they are cheap to buy but also because they have developed powdery mildew after the very hot weather.

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  3. There are so many types and they're generally very impressive show-offs. I quite understand.

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    1. I quite fancy some pompom shaped ones. Sort of down-market alliums.

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    2. Don't let them hear you say that at the Milton Abbot village show, the Pom Pom dahlia class very keenly fought and much measuring of the flower heads, ours too big last year.

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    3. Gosh. Am I going to need a security guard when I am next in the Shire?

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  4. I am never very happy with the garden in summer and the dahlias have yet to come into flower.

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    1. There is that gap between the roses in June and the bright colours of late summer that can be rather dusty if the weather is hot.

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  5. I think I may be that mad dahlia woman, complete with purple hat.. your problem is?

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  6. I suppose you could use the purple hat to collect the earwigs.

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  7. I had to dig up my one, rather large and lovely dahlia from where I had previously planted it in a hurry. My meticulous research resulted in 6 successful divisions. Three have been offloaded to other gardens; three remain at home, still in large pots by the back door, threatening to bar my way to the rest of the garden... I like the pom-pom ones and suspect they may be more manageable than my monsters.

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  8. (Well, it seems one can spell pom pom in a variety of ways.)

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    1. I think I am secretly afraid of dividing plants. My friend Helen chops up without sentimentality and as a result has an army of Agapanthus waving cheerfully around her garden. I try to avert my eyes when I visit.

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