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The news in brief:

Wednesday: I took a day off work to go to Chessington World of Adventures with my fiancĂ©e, as it was his birthday. Great rides, a fantastic zoo and just an hour’s train ride away. A lovely day, though utterly exhausting.
Thursday: This was one of the rare occasions where I had to go down to Hadlow College in Kent (an hour’s train ride away too), to do one of my key skills assessments – the first of the two English ones. Here was me thinking I would have to click multiple-choice answers for an hour, when it turned out to be a full day’s education session involving researching and writing an article, then a letter, for a portfolio, and finally to take part in a discussion. All this was with 20 rowdy agriculture student lads (I was the only girl), who were all very nice but… loud. I have to do a presentation in front of them this coming Wednesday and I am not looking forward to it.
Friday: was awesome because I went back to work. It was great to see everyone and the place again. My day’s tasks involved tidying up the wedding area and writing labels for the display garden, both very pleasant. And then it was Alison’s leaving do at the pub and I got far too drunk. ;)

Saturday: Tom came down to see me again, and his presence, coupled with tidying the greenhouse, playing Scrabble and potting things up quickly vanquished my hangover. We went to the shops for a bit then visited Ruskin Park, stopping off afterwards for a few beers and something to eat at The Fox on the Hill, somewhere I’m glad to have discovered – one of those places with far more outside space than inside. Back home we watched most of Very Important People before falling asleep. …well, I did for a while before being unable to and creeping over to the computer. It’s light now (04:19), so I could always creep downstairs…

Aaaaanyway, a weird week, but entertaining and exciting.
There’s my personal life out of the way, so on to the joys of greenery and flora. :)

Photos:
1: That Gasteria I rescued from Wisley… in my pocket. You can just see another leaf poking out from the centre. All 3 of my Gasterias are growing really well at the moment.
2: Brizia media pollinating. :)
3: More Pentaglottis sempervirens (green alkanet) in place of Borage in the Pimm’s.
4: My orange lily from Morrisons last year. One petal has fallen allowing a good look into the centre.
5: My California poppies from seed are f****** dreadful. Such horrible growth habit. Even the flowers are pathetic, but despite this, I can’t help but adore that electric orange/yellow. <3

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Greenhouse garden

tidy enough to eat cake in.

Day 125

Eschscholzia californica

Eschscholzia californica

Blooming
Day 355

Clematis 'Hagley Hybrid'

Clematis

Blooming
Day 55

Bowiea volubilis

Bowiea volubilis

Growing
Day 123

Pelargonium 'F1 Bullseye' Salmon

Pelargonium x hortorum

Blooming
Day 374

Pentaglottis sempervirens

Pentaglottis sempervirens

Harvesting 2.0 x item
Day 92

Amorphophallus konjac

Amorphophallus konjac

Potting Up
Day 195

Gasteria 'Wisley Purple'

Gasteria

Growing
Day 214

Senecio rowleyanus

Senecio rowleyanus

Growing
Day 221

Clarkia unguiculata

Clarkia unguiculata

Blooming
Day 348

Passiflora caerulea Cutting

Passiflora caerulea

Growing
Day 139

Brizia media

Briza media

Pollinating
Day 248

Aloe aristata

Aloe aristata

Budding
Day 291

Rose 'Tea Clipper'

Rosa

Blooming
Day 376

Lily (Orange)

Lilium bulbiferum

Blooming
Day 347

Foxglove 'Apricot Delight'

Digitalis purpurea

Blooming
Day 374

Foxglove 'White Freckles'

Digitalis purpurea var. alba

Blooming

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