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  1. Will do dreckly. After all, Cornish votes matter. πŸ˜€
  2. I had great difficulty in narrowing a large set of excellent submissions down to 8 - so I've compromised and narrowed it down to 9. The descriptions and contributor IDs are above the individual images, As always, vote for your favourites. I've set the poll to close at 20:00 UK time on Sunday 9th August. In the event of a tie I'll invoke challenge setter's privilege and choose between the winners. #1 Malcolm Park's Prehistoric standing stones of Stonehenge at sunrise in summer, Wiltshire, England #2 Bryan's The Santa Special or North Pole Express on the Tanfield Railway running through a snow covered landscape. North East England #3 TeeCee's Tin mine gag gone wrong at Sidmouth #4 Kristin's Kite surfer or kiteboarder with white sail on a windy day in front of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands, San Francisco Bay #5 Genevieve Vallee's Mallory Square - Fire breather - Sunset celebrations Key West - Florida - USA #6 Miz Brown's Country cooking in Nicaragua at El Laurel Finca in Jinotega Department. #7 Shergar's Yosemite's Horsetail fall illuminated at sunset in the park during the month of February. #8 Olivier Parent's Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufellfoss (falls) in Snæfellsnes peninsula #9 Sally R's Fog on Bibra Lake
  3. I work on the basis that because my plant portraits are accurately named - genus, species, sub species, forma, cultivar as appropriate - they'll have fairly specialist markets and I thnk I'm better served for the long term by having all of mine as RM. 33 of myl 34 of my sales this month have been plant portraits. Here's the latest: Country: Worldwide ; Usage: iQ sale: Magazine, Editorial print and digital use. Up to 1/4 page, inside.One time use only. ; Industry Sector: Media, design & publishing ; Start: 31-July-2020 ; End: 31-July-2022 Reasonable $$
  4. 34 sales for $733 gross / $388 nett. Not my best month ever but close. 2 refunds of uncleared invoices from ages ago took a little gloss off but I'd almost written them off in my own mind so annoyed but not too worried. Zooms have been well beyond my norms with 175 to date and a CTR of 1.91. Views are up a bit but not enough to explain the 200+% increase over my current 80 zoom average for the last twelve months. I'd like to think it's promising for future sales but only time will tell with that. A good month. Thanks Alamy.
  5. Challenge now closed to further submissions. I'll decide on finalists and put up the poll later today. Thanks to everyone who entered.
  6. Just a reminder that today is the last chance for submissions. I'll be drawing up the shortlist tomorrow.
  7. Sale through a Brazilian distributor? I had two refunds in yesterday for 2/3 year old uncleared sales through one. I'm assuming the distributor went bust and Alamy have finally written it off as an uncomfortable debt.
  8. One week to go for this month's challenge. I'll close on Friday evening. Lots of strong entries. This is going to be am interesting selection process.
  9. No PU surge here. I haven't had one all month. What I am seeing is a number of Website, app and social media plant portraits uses which, from what I can tell, are being used by on line plant nurseries and sales outlets. 15 out of 27 sales so far this month come in this category. They pay better than PU πŸ˜€ What I am also seeing is a big uptick in zooms. My highest ever month was 104, with an average this year of 77 a month. This month is already up to 138 with a week still to go. No real increase in views, just zooms.
  10. Which shows, I'm afraid, the limitations of the app. These gladiolus are summer blooming large flowered hybrids - could well be 'Priscilla', the colouration seems to match to photos though it's not one I know personally - which are derived from various South African species wheras G. communis is a European species with quite small pink flowers. The byzantinus subspecies is fairly common in gardens and has even naturalised in the UK. Here's an example:
  11. I keep a folder of plant labels to keep track of what I've bought over the years. Looking through them is depressing when I see what I've also lost over the years. So, no need for flowers - I've got plenty that have preceded me πŸ˜€
  12. I'll agree with you on that one, Rebecca. My first thoughts were either an Allium like schubertii or 'Spider' in green but I soon ruled that one out. Then you came out with your possible ID and it was obvious. Cyperus haspan. I've seen but not tried this so I'm not sure if it's the C.haspen viviparus form which is propgated from the new growths on the end of the spokes of the flower head, Interesting. I'd narrowed it down to Lamiaceae and was looking at Plectranthus but couldn't find a match. The joys of living in a cool temperate climate where these things are greenhouse plants so space stops us growing very many of them outside. Definately worth looking at Ocimum sanctum to see if it matches..
  13. Transplant it with as much rootball as possible (never bare root at this time of year), cut it back a bit to reduce water loss and keep it well watered for this year and it should be OK
  14. Yes you can transplant or divide it. Autumn or spring is the best time. Seed propogation is the normal way of growung it. Once you've got it it tends to crop up all over the place.
  15. A quick look on the newsstand while I was shopping showed all of these in the print Weekend section as well as Bryan's online spots.
  16. Many thanks yet again, Bryan. Your spots are becoming a Saturday morning treat.πŸ‘
  17. Yes, evergreen bugloss or green alkanet, Pentaglottis sempervirens. I can't be sure but I think your tiny greeble is a thrip, a tiny sap sucking insect. They can do a lot of damage, especially in greenhouses. I'm seeing a lot in the garden this year due to the hot weather earlier in the year. Oh, and just realised I've spelt Pentaglottis wrong on my own Alamy shots of the plant. We all make mistakes πŸ˜€
  18. Ooh, the hard questions, eh John. OK, here goes: #1. Yes, double rose. Looks like floribunda type, #2. Given the date taken I'd agree with Shasta daisy, Leucanthemum x superbum #3 I'm not sure whether it's a Lavatera or Sidalcea from the view. If the flowers are in upright spikes it's Sidalcea, Lavatera's flowers are in terminal clustres. Mallow family for sure. #4 is a lavender, probably English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia or one of the hybrids L x intermedia.
  19. I afraid I'm on a different cliff and well back from the edge. 11 sales so far this month, averaging $25.94 per sale and zooms are going through the roof with 87 to date, already higher than 8 of the last twelve months and still half the month to go. So, don't despair, buyers are obviously still searching, zooming and buying - providing you have what they want.
  20. This potato disease poster might help, Bryan. I don't think it's blight from what I remember from my allotment days.
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