12:34:56 on 07/08/09: Attempt #1
Do you know what you were doing at 12:34:56 yesterday? Did you record it in any way? If you did, post a comment below with a link or even if you didn't, you can still tell me about it :)
For the record, I was checking my Cosmos astrosanguineus 'Choca Mocha' does indeed have a wonderful chocolate aroma as well as gorgeous velvety blooms. Thanks to Anna's tip last month, I've placed them in a warm sunny spot to encourage their scent and it's worked! This plant is a native of Mexico and likes a moist, well-drained soil. They grow about a foot tall and have a lax, almost trailing habit and so will look good threading themselves through the front of the border. If you keep deadheading them they should keep blooming from July to October. Of course my plants didn't read the label and came into flower in May, though the chocolate scent didn't come on stream until the warmer weather last week. As they're a tender plant, I'm growing them in pots this year, so I can overwinter them in my cold frame. After last winter I'm not taking any chances! I've put them by the pergola at the side entrance for now, so there's a delicious waft of chocolate as you enter the garden.
For our American cousins, yesterday's date is written as 07/08/09, which is why the time 12:34:56 yesterday was unusual for them. For us in the UK who write the month and day the other way round, we get to have another go next month. Anyone care to join me for Attempt #2? It would be great to get a snapshot of what everyone's doing at one particular time - allowing for the fact that 12:34:56 might be at a different point in relation to me, depending on where you are in the world* - on a single day. Tell all your friends about it - they might like to join in too :)
* = I thought I'd get that in before you did ;)
Update: Judging by the comments, I haven't made myself clear in the above post. As the Americans (and probably lots of others too) write the 8th July as 07/08, their sequential time and date was yesterday, which was when I took that photo as Attempt #1. BUT here in the UK we write our month and day the other way round, so don't have the sequence until 12:34:56 on the 7th August. So I'm inviting everyone to take a photo of what they're doing at 12:34:56 (their time) on that date (7th August), irrespective of where they are in the world or the format they use when writing out the date, and to post it on their blogs later that day. I'll be putting my photo up ASAP after 12:34:56 on 7th August, so my post will be there for you tell me - and others interested in having a look - your post's up. It's too late for us all to do it using the American date format, so let's use the British one instead. For me it'll be Attempt #2.
I just like the idea of trying to capture a snapshot of everyone's life at one particular arbitrary point in time. Most of it won't be gardening related and I expect a big chunk of it will involve lunch or dashing round the shops, but that'll be interesting too - to me at least. The choice of subject matter is up to you, as long as it's to do with where you are at that time.
NB If you don't want to post it on your blog but would still like to take part, then I'm happy for you to send your photo to me at the email address shown at the bottom righthand sidebar. Include a few details of where you were and what you were doing at the the time and I'll put together a collage or something.