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midnightgardener

Writer. Wildlife lover and keen gardener from Wakefield, with 2 cats; Coco and Henry. A Golden Doodle girl Millie and a little girl Lucy pup 💕💕💕

Papaver orientale 'Patty's Plum'

  • Season Icon Mid AutumnMid Autumn 2019
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midnightgardener

#flasback to last year when I had these amazing Poppies. Sadly this year they were ruined with all the rain we had at the time. I hope to see them next year. Fingers crossed 😊😊💕💕

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lesliecole49

Wow, I love it

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angiecrazycatlady

Thats lovely 😍

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damavand

💖👍

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2019
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midnightgardener

I just can't help doing a flashback to an exciting time in the garden last year as there haven't been many recently. I'm so upset, this stupid Sciatica is ruining my life. I can't go to a friends funeral because I'm in too much pain. Monday's call to the Doctors will be about the seventh time!😨 The good news is Spring is on its way. Have a great weekend friends. #flashback #pattysplum 💕💕

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anges

Oh no Christine, how awful for you. Hope you feel better soon & the doctor can help you 💟 It must be so frustrating 😯 Take care ☺ This is a gorgeous poppy btw 💜

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lostgardener

@midnightgardener beautiful ..👍🏻

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nmg333

Sciatica horrible Christine . I’ve suffered from it for years in legs . Doctor gave pregabalin and must say they made a real difference a long cpd oil @midnightgardener

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librarian

Oh I’m so sorry to hear that. Hope you feel better soon. I know how debilitating constant pain can be as I have arthritis

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valjones-hughes

Sorry to read this Christine, it’s hard when things stop us gardening but when our own bodies let us down it’s a bitter pill to swallow. Hope you get some relief soon ❤️

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midnightgardener

@anges @valjones-hughes @mmg333 Thank you all so much. I've never had it before but I can't stand being bed-ridden for much longer. I'll be at the Drs on Mon if I can get there. There's an answer somewhere. Can you believe it I've received a Radiology appointment on the 27th April!!😨are they joking how long does someone have to suffer? So sorry you had it for all those years @nmg333

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tash74

The like was for the poppy not the sciatica. Hope you're feeling better soon!

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debs69

Sorry to hear you are in pain Christine it can be so debilitating. Try and stay positive and I hope you get some relief soon @midnightgardener 💐

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flof1952

Oh Christine ....I can relate to your pain. So debilitating, annoying and frustrating .....do hope it eases very soon. Take care xxx

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midnightgardener

@flof1952 😊😊Thank you so much Pauline. I just can't believe the pain I'm in after seeig 3 different Drs and phone calls with them too. Back to them on Mon. In this day and age wouldn't you think they could give stronger pain killers. I'm in constant pain day and night. The only time I'm pain free is when I'm asleep. I've been recommended a good physiotherapist so it might be better contacting her rather than waiting all that time until 27th Apr which is no use at all for the pain I'm in now

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flof1952

Christine the physiotherapist will be more useful to you than the GP sad to say. It's all very well prescribing 'pain killers' but it doesn't solve the problem ....the physio will talk through the appropriate exercises etc to help you. Thinking of you xxx

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  • Season Icon Early SummerEarly Summer 2018
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midnightgardener

😃 I don't expect any likes for this it's just to tag a friend @jeatacake for his expert advice when to harvest seeds. I think they look ready Jeff what say you?😊😊

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ublaszko

I think it needs a bit more time. They're still quite green. ☺

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pelly

They need to turn brown first 👌👌

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midnightgardener

@pelly @ublaszko Thank you 😊😊So the whole of the pod needs to turn brown? I'm a bit nervous as I haven't done this before but I don't want to miss the boat with them. I've got an order to fulfill!!😃

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pelly

Yes it does Christine 😊😊

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jendren

Def worth waiting -they will germinate for you. @pelly @ublaszko

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midnightgardener

@Thank you 😊😊

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midnightgardener

@jendren Thank you, but as I said in my comment (maybe you missed one of them 😊) I want to harvest some for a friend. I just thought they were ready now but they're not I'm told 😊

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jeatacake

Looks possible. Try shaking one into a bag while still attached to the plant. If seeds fall out, it's ready! 👍😊

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jeatacake

Looks possible. Try shaking one into a bag while still attached to the plant. If seeds fall out, it's ready! 👍😊

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midnightgardener

@jeatacake I trust your judgement Ambassador, although I'm told by two nice ladies on here to leave it until the pod goes brown. So to shake or not to shake that is the question 😃

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ublaszko

Shake it but don't break it off the plant 👍

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  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2018
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midnightgardener

I don't mean to brag friends but hey!! I've got three now. Bring out the Prosecco!! 😃

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midnightgardener

@jeatacake I've got three now Sir!! Check them out if you so desire 😊😊

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lovemygarden65

Gorgeous 💗💗💗

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jeatacake

Hoowee, It just gets better & better 😍 The flowers last well too. Most poppies of that type usually drop their petals after a day or 2, especially if a little windy. It's a win - win 👌😍

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midnightgardener

@jeatacake I like it! Win win! I'm in the greenhouse just got one more tray of seeds to go in!! I'm really enjoying it in there it's fun 😃

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rhgs

Need to do a poppy garden a flower bed of different poppies 🙄🙄🙄

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midnightgardener

@rhgs Ah, now that's a good idea. And it just so happens I've just a few minutes ago, put a tray of California Poppies in the Greenhouse!! Oh happy days 😃

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gauravsh6

Unique & Extraordinary Beauty

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midnightgardener

@gauravsh6 Thank you very much 😊😊

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jeatacake

Good morning. I know what your mean. I can lose myself in mine & be almost on my own little world in there. I hope you got them all done 👍

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rhgs

Ha ha go for it, iam looking into flowing times, so as one poppy finished the next flower, hopefully will have mine all ready for next year.

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  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2018
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midnightgardener

So excited this is my first one of this one!! It's so lovely. I've waited a long time to see this as, when I received it as a 9cm size (I don't like them too tiny!) I had to complain as it really was a scratty little thing and I remember thinking what am I supposed to do with that!!😃I can laugh about it now. They kindly sent me another one and this is it friends!! Woo hoo!😃💕💕💕💕

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gauravsh6

Now that is a Brilliant Shot. What are you doing here. You should be a Nature Photographer 😉😊

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midnightgardener

😃😃😃😃😃What a lovely compliment no one's ever said that. It was a fluke? My phone isn't anything special but it took a nice one of this 😊😊Thank you, you are sweet ❤❤

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Keely

It's beautiful great ruffles 💕💞💕💞

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lovemygarden65

That’s a beauty 💗💗💗

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midnightgardener

@lovemygarden65 It was such a nice surprise to see it today. I'm so proud of it!! Thank you 😊😊

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emeraldt

That is gorgeous @midnightgardener

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midnightgardener

@emeraldt Thank you Tricia I am so pleased with it!!😃

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jeatacake

Oh boy, that's just stunning! Never seen one this colour before😍

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midnightgardener

@jeatacake Thank you Jeff 😊😊one of my Instagram friends said the same thing. It was a lovely surprise this morning. All being well I might have another one come out tomorrow I'll be posting it if it should happen 💕💕

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jeatacake

& so you should! 👍I look forward to it 💕

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midnightgardener

@jeatacake It's funny you should say that 😊It's happened another one this morning. Just waiting for it to open fully although no sun today we'll see 😊

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