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Home Again

07 August 2017 22:26:30

No entry for some time. I had a serious operation on the colon in St. James's, then about two weeks in hillview Nursing Home, Carlow. I came home to day, feeling good. i will have to take it easy for some time. 

JoanG JoanG 07 August 2017 22:29:43

Glad you are back Dick and very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. We have missed you. 

Scrubber Scrubber 07 August 2017 22:51:52

Yes Dick we had noticed! But thought you were off in sunny Spain sipping alcohol free marghueritas! Really sorry to hear you have been in the wars. Thts not an easy one -is any? but glad to hear you are feeling well. Do take it easy for a good long time. The garden will wait.

PeterW PeterW 07 August 2017 23:50:24

Take care Dick and glad to hear you are home 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 08 August 2017 05:39:00

Aw, welcome back, Dick. I hope you're on the mend.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 August 2017 07:17:42

I had thought that you were having problems with your internet, Dick, when you were not online. Glad that your are over your operation and that you were looked after in the nursing home before your came back home. Look after yourself now until you are fully recovered.

Dick Dick 08 August 2017 08:30:10

Thank you all. As being in sunny Spain, It is much safer here, Scrubber. The internet is as sound as a bell, Mary. Joan Peter W Jacinta, Thank you. 

fraoch fraoch 08 August 2017 10:35:27

Best wishes for your recovery, Dick. Don't overdo things.

PCON PCON 08 August 2017 14:58:52

Glad to see you back, Dick, and hope you are recovering well. A pity you did not let us know you were in St James's. I could have gone over to see you for an old chat. If you had an iPad you could have kept in touch, but you could hardly bring your desk computer in. Anyway, look after yourself. The garden can wait.

Dick Dick 08 August 2017 17:44:04

Thanks Heather and PCON. True enough it would be a bit too much to carry thr computer. How are your grapes? Mine were generally all used up before I left here.


PCON PCON 08 August 2017 22:43:12

Just ripe now, Dick. Got a bit of Downey mildew again. No where near as bad as last year. Do you ever get that?

Dick Dick 08 August 2017 23:27:24

No Peter, I suppose the fact that mine are an early variety it has not affected them.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 09 August 2017 11:04:54

Glad you are back home and feeling well, Dick. 

Dick Dick 09 August 2017 12:28:08

Thanks Hazel. To day is the best day I have had  since the surgery. By degrees I will be back at the gardening again.

Jackie Jackie 10 August 2017 07:19:38

Dick it's so good to see you back online. I'm sorry to hear you have been unwell. But glad now to hear you are on the mend. Day by day you will get stronger. Just take it easy for now and you will be back to gardening again in no time. Take care. :) 

Dick Dick 15 August 2017 11:18:25

Thanks Jackie, well done re letter to the Irish Garden. Yes I am taking it easy.

Tomatoes Galore.

19 July 2017 11:48:58

I have been picking the tomatoes over the last few days.I have two varieties ripe. My friend down the road mowed the lawn for me yesyerday on one of the warrmest days days so far. To day at about 10 a.m. the heavy rain arrived, just in time. I feared that my flowers would burn up. I have over 100 roses. They should do well.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 July 2017 12:06:19

I picked a whole bunch of tomatoes yesterday. Love that bowl, Dick.

Mary B Mary B 19 July 2017 12:35:50

Tomatoes look great and you are right on trend with the little coloured ones!

Ivor Ivor 19 July 2017 12:55:31

Your ahead Dick, my first red Gardner Delight tom should be ready to pick later today, I,ve already had three Sungolds. Those Black Russian are a most perculier breed. It's hard to tell if they have black bottoms or not. I'll leave them another while.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 July 2017 08:32:09

Dick and Jacinta, well done to have them this early. I will be waiting at least a week more. 

Moya Moya 21 July 2017 00:28:57

I've had a few ripe Sungolds already and I see a Tigerellas almost ready. The Black Russians and Black Crim will take a bit longer to ripen. I got a few different varieties in Madeira this year so I'm dying to see how they will perform. I had 30 plants but one hasn't grown very well although there are a few beef tomatoes on it.

Well done Dick. What varieties are they that you have?

Enjoying the Weather

17 July 2017 14:39:20

Well Saturday was St. Swithens Day and generally good weather, good temperature but in general no rain. So we can expect plenty more of the good weather. I had difficulty for about a week getting an entry into garden.ie. Did any body else have the same problem?

Jackie Jackie 17 July 2017 16:00:59

Hi DI know and nice to see you here. Yes the site has been having trouble but appears to be back up and running again. I hope you are right about this weather. its just a fabulous day here. Enjoy :) 

DeclanfromTipp DeclanfromTipp 17 July 2017 18:29:06

Hello Dick. Yes I tried twice yesterday but it didn't upload . Most annoying when you write a piece and then it fails . 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 July 2017 20:52:59

Hope the site has improved and what a hot day today, Dick. Roses loving this weather. 

Dick Dick 17 July 2017 22:19:28

Mary, while the temperature was high we need rain. I had a look at the 100+ roses to day and they had gane back due to the hot, dry conditions and to water that many roses is not easy. The photo was taken before the break in communications.

Mary B Mary B 18 July 2017 11:12:13

I was very sad to be without garden.ie for the weekend. I don't put up a lot of journals but I love reading the journals and keeping up with all your wonderful and different gardens.

The weather is wonderful Dick!

Dick Dick 19 July 2017 11:31:09

Well I was looking forward to the rain. Now thank God it has arrived. I enjoyed the warm sunny weather while it was here. Unable to get garden.ie last night but we have it back to day.

Back in Action

04 July 2017 15:54:24

Some people may think that i am out of the country. Not really, simply the modem was not working and having sent it to the company i got it back this morning. As you see it is working now.

It has been a great summer so far, temperature good and items like fruit and frlowers great. The roses are as good as ever. In the greenhouse, the tomatoes are doing well. I noticed one ripe yesterday. I have been enjoying the grapes for some time. Outside, no shortage of gooseberries and raspberries.

Scrubber Scrubber 04 July 2017 22:00:04

Glad to have you back Dick! Glad too that you are enjoying the fruits of your labour! Hope gooseberries ar not too sour!

fraoch fraoch 04 July 2017 22:52:48

You really miss the computer when something goes wrong. Glad it's fixed now. Those grapes really look good!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 04 July 2017 23:09:05

Good harvest there, Dick. Envy you those tomatoes so early.

Dick Dick 04 July 2017 23:31:03

Well Peter, when the jam is made there will be plenty of sugar used. I don't concur with the people who were talking on radio this morning.

Heather, I agree about missing the computer when the modem is out of action. PCON got some sticks from me some years ago. They are an early variety.

Mary, the tomato seeds were sown in January. That explains why they are early.

Moya Moya 04 July 2017 23:51:54

That is a great harvest altogether Dick - well done!

We can't do without the computer nowadays. 

It hasn't been such a great Summer here though - temperatures have been low and a lot of days have been cloudy.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 05 July 2017 02:12:00

Welcome back! hope the health has improved too!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 July 2017 08:42:58

A big welcome back, Dick. Good to hear that your crops are doing well.

Jackie Jackie 05 July 2017 08:52:42

Great to see you back again Dick. I'm glad all is well both health wise and computer wise!! It's a real nuisance when the Internet is gone as we rely on it so much nowadays. Sounds like a bumper crop this year for you too. Great!  

Some Shrubs in Bloom

13 June 2017 22:51:02

To day I took photos of Hypericum hidcote, Perennial Sweet Pea and Philadelphus or Mock Orange. All seem to be ahead of schedule.Hypericum is also called St. John's Wort and tends to bloom about the feast of St. John the Baptist 24 June. This is only 13 th.  I would feel too that this year is  great year for flowers.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 June 2017 04:34:17

Lovely colour on that perennial sweet pea. There's a lovely one I admire every day when I'm out for my walk.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 14 June 2017 07:41:13

The sweet pea is beautiful, Dick and the scent from the Philadelphus is just gorgeous at this time of year.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 June 2017 08:33:51

Great bit of colour Dick.


fraoch fraoch 14 June 2017 20:08:38

Lovely photos, Dick. I'm just back from cycling near Bordeaux and perennial sweet pea was flowering wild by the path .

Scrubber Scrubber 14 June 2017 20:18:31

All agreed on that seet pea! gorgeous! I love the mock orange fragrance.

DeclanfromTipp DeclanfromTipp 14 June 2017 23:03:57

The Hypericum are a great shrub that thrive on neglect , well mine do !!

Dick Dick 04 July 2017 12:58:24

Thank you all. My modem was out of action and is working again. The flowers are better than most years this year.


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