Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby Colin2016 » Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:13 pm

Thanks Geoff
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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby Primrose » Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:09 pm

The midges are all down here Monika eating my husband to death. He keeps himself totally covered so how they're finding a way to his hidden parts is a complete mystery!
Can,t remember a year when we,ve seen so many cabbage whites. They almost seem at plague proportion round here and keep penetrating the protective netting over my green vegs which is really annoying.
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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby Breq » Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:32 pm

Still no rain here is east cambs - none so far this week, no thunderstorms, just miserable grey and wind after the gloroious sunshine and heat up through the mid-week. Hubby went to Norwich today and said it was sunny! Very odd weather...guess I have to go out and water my pots!
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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby tigerburnie » Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:56 pm

Evening, after a recent thunderstorm today has been a lot cooler, picked the last of the peas today and did a lot of dead heading and light pruning of Roses and Buddleia. Eerily quiet with the railway line still closed after the tragic incident further up the coast, left a bit numb by it all.
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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby vivienz » Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:13 pm

Less hot (not going to say cool yet!) but still muggy. Sat outside with a large g&t with no threat of hypothermia this evening but at least last night's rain calmed down the cabbage whites for a few hours.
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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby Primrose » Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:21 am

Received another blight warning this morning. Inevitable I guess with the humidity we,ve been having but worrying that my outdoor tomatoes are starting to ripen. Will be very upset if i lose them at this stage. This is when I wish I had a greenhouse and to be able to grow some inside l to hedge my bets.
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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby Monika » Sat Aug 15, 2020 12:18 pm

Less hot but still no rain. The tenderstem broccoli is still producing masses of side shoots and we are eating tomatoes for almost every meal ...... Must be August.
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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby Elmigo » Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:05 pm

Stormy weather blew over a few corn plants, but they turned out to be ripe already!

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The weather was pretty bad. This is how we got to the store to buy dinner yesterday and my endive plants were drowning in a pool of rain water as well. Luckily only for 15 minutes, because the dry soil soaked it up pretty quick.

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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby peter » Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:52 pm

Where the Beeching removed branch line to Dunmow crossed the old A11 there's a little dip in the road, the drains work, but can't cope with really heavy rain, this is the third flood since Wednesday....
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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby Monika » Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:25 pm

Oh wow, Peter. That's not good.
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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby Westi » Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:59 pm

We had the one proper storm that caused a bit of havoc locally but any signs of it were over by the time I came home from work, but talk of the town (well the queue waiting to go into a shop), with the B&Q car park flooding, bypass blocked & the local Lidls' having a roof leak & power cut & closing. Well at least that explains why I was in the queue for another supermarket as nothing much in Lidls' yesterday!

Just all day drizzle & so much cooler! Expecting a runner bean overload tomorrow, but strangely gratefully received by the neighbours - unlike the courgettes!
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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby peter » Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:31 pm

Monika wrote:Oh wow, Peter. That's not good.


Not for the idiots who insisted on driving into it, when the pavement is covered and it's halfway up the roadname sign......
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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby Monika » Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:58 pm

3mm rain here - whoopee! Well. better than nothing anyway .......
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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby Westi » Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:47 pm

It's a case of be careful what you wish for with the rain situation, or to throw another old saying in the mix, it never rains but it pours. A few untimely showers today, the same tomorrow then the amber warning for the full Monty on Wed - but they have said that previously & hopefully just to improve their weather guess record it remains amber for a few day. Not taking any risks so will be shoving a few stakes in the pea & bean structures & tying them off & going to take some of the bigger apples & pears so they don't become windfall. I'm a bit plumed out so they can take their chances!
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Re: Mid-summer Bits and Bobs

Postby Monika » Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:37 am

'Proper' rain at last! Everything is breathing a sigh of relief, including me.
The green manure (phacelia) on the ex-broad bean, shallot and garlic beds is growing beautifully, the climbing beans are prolific and the tender stem broccoli is still producing lots of side shoots. Alas, a few of the beetroot have bolted.
The prolonged dry spell is making quite a few trees lose their leaves already, that is worrying.
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