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HELLO AGGIE, GOODBYE ROSE

The heat wave of last week has been followed by strong winds and heavy rain.  The plants have suffered somewhat from this harsh regime.  Thank goodness for some plants from the southern hemisphere which are starting to do their thing. 1. Agapanthus First stop is South Africa, where the Agapanthus are blooming away.  I had a clump of these from my Nana's garden, via my parents, so they are a family heirloom. They are now being passed further along the chain and have made their way to my Sister-in-Law too.    2. Orange African Marigolds Next stop is South America where the marigolds originate I believe.  These are 'Space Hopper', a good tall variety. They sit in the Long Border between Rudbeckia, which are just coming into flower, and another clump of Agapanthus. 3. Rose Garden Over in the Rose Garden, the first flush of the roses is nearly at an end.  After a final deadheading, it's time to cut back all the Geraniums, Alchemilla and similar plants which are looking past

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