First a very big thank you for all the messages of support over the past day or so. They have helped a lot on keeping me going.
When I checked my YouTube account at 7.30 this morning the old video thumbnails were still missing but another look a few minutes ago showed that they had been restored. It must have been the length of time their 'improvements' and recent upgrade has taken to catch up with everything. It would have helped things if their system hadn't sent messages that accounts had been permanently disabled which was a bit of a shock to my system to say the least. One saying it was temporarily unavailable would have been better wording.
Just a couple of piccies today. Normally I dead head all of my flowers. For some reason this year I missed the Flag Irises which went on to produce a profusion of seed pods. As the stems collapsed under the weight of seeds many were partly eaten by slugs like the first picture but the seeds were untouched and look as though they are ripening anyway. The uneaten ones are just beginning to split open normally. What a lovely brilliant orange the seeds are.
Many thanks to Chris Rose who pointed out - Your photo is of the seed pod of the Stinking or Beefsteak Iris (so called because its crushed leaves are meant to have that sort of smell ...) which is Iris foetidissima. It is nice when visitors take the time to let me know when I have misidentified something - which can happen frequently.
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