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Oh how the Thunder rolls Oh how the Winds are howl

16 October 2017 16:02:25

This piece from The Seasons by Haydn is like what we have to day. The back of the house faces mainly south so you can observe the effect of the wind.I have confined myself to the house to day. So far at about 4 p.m. no sign of any damage outside. I can remember a few years ago when damage was done to my greenhouse and I remember Joanne from Limerick who got Martin B to put her greenhouse in order again. I was planning to take a picture of my Liquidambar. It looked great but I have a problem with the camera and no way to take a photograph. (Heading should finish are howling)

First of the apples picked

13 October 2017 22:47:28

To day dry and warm, I deceded to pick the cookers. They are fairly big but only 7 lb in all from the tree in question. I had  about 4 stone last year. I may pick the dessert type to morrow.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 October 2017 00:19:40

Great minds think alike Dick! I gathered my apples today too - mainly because with the storm that is promised I would only have had windfalls if i had left them!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 October 2017 07:52:09

You get good years and bad years. Hopefully your crop will be tenfold next year. Good to have you back with us, Dick.

Jackie Jackie 14 October 2017 08:21:25

Great to have the space to grow your own. I've one apple tree that was moved last year so no apples this year. Hopefully next year will be bountiful ;). 

Great your back online again Dick 

Dick Dick 14 October 2017 14:05:12

Well to day, like a summers day, I went out to pick the dessert apples. I had a bucket in which I had bought bird seed. The apples would go into it, ach mo lean, not one apple to be seen. They looked so good yesterday. I will leave it to your imagination as to what happened. I did notice one cooker on the tree of yesterday and picked it, so storm or no storm on Monday, there will be no hand picking of these apples.

PCON PCON 14 October 2017 15:24:11

Welcome back, Dick. You seem to go in and out like A jack in the box. 

My apples are all picked and eaten long ago. Early dessert type.

JoanG JoanG 14 October 2017 20:47:51

Glad to have you back Dick.  Pity about the apples but there's always next year. 

Dick Dick 14 October 2017 23:15:32

Thank you all. How interesting about the apples. The computer is also an apple and the day I picked the apples was the day the modem got connected to the apple:)

Scrubber Scrubber 15 October 2017 15:29:01

Mo lean indeed. Make sure you use a small bucket Dick-no sense carrying unecessary loads. (Wise old Scrubber who of course follows his own good advice! Well he did yesterday-two small uckets of compost rather than a tarpaulin full!)

Dick Dick 16 October 2017 15:46:51

Well Peter, ! had a very light bucket the second day.   

Back again

13 October 2017 13:46:25

I had a problem for some time, first the line then the modem. Now I can use Garden.ie again. Sorry foe lack of entry.

Scrubber Scrubber 13 October 2017 17:17:53

Never apologise Dick. It gives the lower classes opportunities!!!! Soglad youare back. Actually i am now using the same computer as noah had in the ark as my ultra modern laptop is back in the IT hospital again! Si i feel your pain!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 October 2017 19:54:05

Welcome back, Dick. I was wondering what was wrong. 

Dick Dick 13 October 2017 22:37:38

It's a long story. First I brought in a man who deals and repairs computers. He said it was the line, nothing with the computer. I got in touch with my telephone company who got in touch with eircom who called and apparently put the line right, still not working. Finally the telephone company suggested it was the modem. I sent it on to them by post and it returned very quickly, arriving this morning so Garden.ie, facebook and Mail are working. I still have a problem with WORD.

Jackie Jackie 14 October 2017 08:29:04

It can be mystifying at times how these things work. I too had a problem with my modem but they didn't notice that until everything  else was looked at too, like phone line etc. Glad to see you are up and running again ;) 

Tomatoes come out Bananas about to go in

23 September 2017 22:39:59

Well, to day , or was it yesterday, the Autumnal Equinox, equal day and night. However the temperature was a bit higher than a week ago. I decided to turn on the central heating, at the time but no heat. Then I decided to contact the man who would service the boiler. Later, I felt that I should put down the dip stick into the tank ach mo lean, bhi se beagnach folamh.(It was almost empty). I got in 1000 litres of oil, then a service and would you believe, it is a bit on the warmer side now. However, I can expect no more growth in the tomatoes so they were removed  to day. Now as time goes on, we can expect a drop in temperature before long, so the Musa, banana, plants will go in soon. Perhaps Peter W may let me know how he thinks. As you see I have only a small amount of tomatoes. The yield was low this year.

Plants, Tender and Hardy

18 September 2017 17:31:53

As mentioned before, I have two Banana or Musa plants. One was put out in the front garden for display. Due to being ill, the other one was left at the back, facing south. That plant has come on in leaps and bounds and is shown. The one I moved to the front, I moved it to day, nearer to the house, due to the cold weather. It is still looking good but not as good as the other. Both are tender and before long, they will be going indoor, probably to the greenhouse. I took a photo of a Phormium, also called New Zealand Flax. Some years ago when we had it very cold in the winter, I thought it would die bot it had recovered to normality. There are many stalks on it full of seed pods and I have a small quantity of these seeds in the house. Has anybody sown seeds of this kind? I know that division of the root stock is the best way to propagate the plant but I would like to try growing phormiums from the seeds. I could supply seeds to anybody interested. To day was a lovely, sunny day with little or no wind. The blue sky to day may remind one of Dublin's win yesterday althought the green and red of the Pelargoniums around the Musa might remind one of the Mayo team that ran them to a point. Think of Cillian O'Connor hitting the post late in the game and then Dean Rock sending the ball between the posts.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 September 2017 19:39:20

Musa looks fabulous, Dick.

PCON PCON 19 September 2017 19:50:40

Why don't you try growing the seeds Dick? Personally, I am not keen on Phormium, or any of the strap leaved plants.

Dick Dick 20 September 2017 20:44:50

Perhaps I will, Peter


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