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First of the Rhubarb

25 February 2017 12:32:13

I picked the first to day. What you see is just what was picked. There is plenty more there. I will make jam or desert. The taste of rhubarb at this time of year is great and although I have artritis in the knees, I will enjoy it. I still have plenty of cooking apples (Brambly) but they are going off. I took a number to the compost heap yesterday. I sold 2 kg at the Country market yesterday for a mere €2. Growth is great in the garden. I showed Forsythia this week and Kerria is about to open. I would normally think of that as being much later.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 25 February 2017 21:12:52

Very early this year for rhubarb.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 25 February 2017 22:55:24

There's something in the ground around Carlow I fear ! Hot springs maybe ? Nothing like the early Rhubarb. Mine is only peeping Dick. 

Dick Dick 26 February 2017 12:50:00

Declan, Did you start working on it in the late Autumn, early Winter? With me, the moment the first frost comes, October-November, I give it a feed of nitrogen, then some compost and then leave it to the Lord.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 26 February 2017 14:36:09

Yes Dick ... Fed and mulched at end of season .I bet yours is an early variety ? I hear there is such a thing ? 

Hydrangeas, Forsythia

23 February 2017 12:01:43

My last entry was some days ago, sorry for no entry until to day. On Monday due to other coommitments, I was unable to get at the garden until 4 p.m. I took out the secateurs and removed the mopheads from about 90% of the Hydrangeas. Yesterday, I took a photo of the Forsythia and look forward to seeing plenty of it in bloom. Yesterday was also  too wet to do any work in the garden and to day it is a bit wild not as bad as other places. No structural damage done in my garden, The greenhouse remains as it was yesterday. 

Mary B Mary B 23 February 2017 14:18:16

That's a lovely picture Dick, very wild here overnight and blustery and cold today.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 23 February 2017 16:23:39

No damage here either Dick, but its rather wild, and heavy showers, i do feel for all my daffs that are opened now, enjoy the forsythia

Dick Dick 23 February 2017 16:55:35

Yesterday, it was wet but I noticed the Forsythia. I took a photo and wondered if things would be ok. It is early for this flower where the flowers precede the leaves.

I suppose Mary you were very pleased with your clubs success.

Jackie Jackie 23 February 2017 19:46:23

Nice photo Dick

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 February 2017 20:44:43

I have a Forsythia in flower as well, Dick. I had thought it was a bit early this year. Will have to start and tackle the hydranges in the next couple of weeks. Windy here in Waterford last night, but not too bad.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 23 February 2017 23:25:10

Just spotted the first flower on my Forsythia too today!

Dick Dick 23 February 2017 23:48:22

The Forsythias were early but so also were daffodils, about a month before the time. I wonder will they be around at Daffodil Day? I got the Irish Garden this morning and saw that Jackie wone prize.

Scrubber Scrubber 24 February 2017 00:02:24

My Forsythias are only thinking about coming out Dick.Well done on the Hydrangeas!

Dick Dick 24 February 2017 12:52:14

Thank you all, well except for a few days February was good and with daffodils, Tete a Tete Forsythia and others doing well and March just around the corner we will be away with it. I got the Irish Garden by post and so much to read in it. I was at the Country Market this morning and sold two bags, of cookers, about 1 kg in each. I should have the tomato plants very soon at same.

A Walk in the Garden around Mid Day

19 February 2017 19:36:36

I spent only a brief period in the garden to day.  Although there was very little sign of sun, it was on occasion whereby I woul like to see how progress was made. Daffodils are in bloom for some time, normally you would not see things like this until March. Tete-a-Tete are in bloom. As the flowers are quite small and other plants have themleft out of vision, I think I should move them to another part of the garden. The snowdrops are best ever. Red Robin is showing new leaves and flowers are appearing on the Flowering Currant. The roses which I pruned in January are coming on especially over the past week. The Irises which I planted in the Autumn are in bloom. I hadn't expected them for some time. Of course the grass has grown and I need to spray the moss which appears every year. On a weekday I would be out working in the garden but Sunday is different. I dont work in the garden on Sundays and I was anxious to watch the hurling, Waterford v Tipp and Clare v Kilkenny.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 February 2017 20:51:50

The Iris are beautiful and a bit cloudy here in Waterford, but nice and warm for the time of year.

Dick Dick 19 February 2017 20:54:35

Mary, the photo was taken a bit late after the Waterford Tipp and Clare Kilkenny games were over.

PeterW PeterW 19 February 2017 21:45:11

Nice to get a bit done Dick and it is milder even tho no a lot of sun. What do you spray the grass with to kill Moss??

Moya Moya 19 February 2017 22:41:58

I'm sure it was very mild in the south today. We had drizzle for a good part of the day but it wasn't cold. You are about 2 weeks ahead of here in terms of flowering and growth.

Dick Dick 20 February 2017 08:57:45

Peter, I use ferrous sulphate. There are two ways I have used it. Sometimes I have dissolved it in water, an eggcup in a can of water and spray it on the grass from a watering can. The other is mix it with Net Nitrate or ammonium sulphate and  spread it on the grass.

Dick Dick 20 February 2017 16:17:11

True, Moya. We had 14 degrees here to day, more like April than February.

Spring Back Again

16 February 2017 15:43:21

It seemed after a few days of February, that we were facing the winter once more but the Spring has returned over the last week, no frost at night and temperatures 10 degrees and more. Yesterday was a really Spring day with 12 degees and a few more. The Snowdrops and Crocuses and even the Daffodils are looking good. Having Daffodils since La le Bride is great. These Daffs are growing in the area I call the Secret Garden. Beside same is a Yucca which I replanted from a  bed near the front door. It was blown down about a year ago(I think) and I replanted it leaving it to the Grace of God. It has really taken root and leaves have come out. I had hoped that I would have flowers in a number of Yuccas on account of the mild Winter but the frost in early February didn't help.

PCON PCON 16 February 2017 16:36:14

No sign of Spring here today, Dick. Mild yesterday but very cold and wet again today.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 16 February 2017 17:16:31

So glad that the cold windy weather has passed. Temperatures have risen the last two days here in Waterford, but cloudy.

Mary B Mary B 16 February 2017 17:28:19

Lovely day here in Cork today, very Soring-like and a great stretch in the evening.

Scrubber Scrubber 16 February 2017 19:08:16

Yes Dick, It was nice yesterday. Unfortunately I wasnt able to get out as had things to do. There are beeches waiting to be planted, snowdrops to be shifted and three new flower pots to be filled but when will I get round to it? Well done on saving that yucca!

Dick Dick 16 February 2017 19:38:08

Well it seems to be variable from place to place. Cork and Waterford, where the hurlers did well recently, had it good. One thing certain is that to morrow Friday, the temperature will be up. I hear from Met Eireann that it will be 13 or even 14 degrees. What do you think of that ad for the Weather forecast? It would suggest that we would go away from our gardens

Jackie Jackie 16 February 2017 20:42:31

Goreous yesterday but very cold and drizzly today. Hopefully it will pick up again real soon!

fraoch fraoch 16 February 2017 21:10:38

The Daffodils are so bright and cheerful, they really make this time of year. Grand weather here yesterday and today.

TerriShoos TerriShoos 17 February 2017 10:54:32

Daffs are my very favourite, I think. So happy and joyous after the grey of winter. Couldy in Clare today but warmer and nice and dry. 

Dick Dick 18 February 2017 09:14:25

Yesterday, Friday, was not great here in Carlow. Temperature was about 11 degrees, still good for February.  I believe it was good around Dublin.

Tomatoes Potted up

13 February 2017 20:30:55

The seed was sown early in January and true leaves were formed by the end of January when they were potted up.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 13 February 2017 20:52:57

They're looking good, Dick.

JoanG JoanG 13 February 2017 22:01:44

You certainly got off to a good start, Dick, and so early. 

Fleurette Fleurette 13 February 2017 22:24:07

Is this the usual date for this job, Dick?  All looking well.

(What do you think of Slaughtneil's progress?)  

PCON PCON 13 February 2017 22:36:21

Well done, Dick. First away as usual. Mine are only just appearing. Mowed the lawn for the second time.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 February 2017 22:59:35

You are great to have tomatoe plants already. Hope the ones that your sister gave you do as well.

Jackie Jackie 14 February 2017 07:28:09

Dick they do look great and of course first off the mark as usual. I'm sure you will have a bumper crop. Excellent!!! 

Dick Dick 14 February 2017 08:57:01

Margot, that Co. Derry club has done so well. They are in an All- Ireland Club final in football and the have done well in Hurling and Camogie. I had difficulty finding the place on the map.

Dick Dick 14 February 2017 08:59:41

Peter, you are streets ahead of me. I haven't taken out the mower yet.

Fleurette Fleurette 14 February 2017 12:49:58

Dick, the excitement is palpable.  Not a bit surpirsed you found it hard to place it on the map.  Its a townland in the middle of nowhere, N. of the main rd to Belfast, in between Maghera and Upperlands and Swatragh. Fascinating success. With some of the same players involved in both the football and Hurling.  So, the Hurling is in a week or so, I think.  

Dick Dick 14 February 2017 14:28:06

I agree, Margot. I did find it with the use of the computer.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 February 2017 19:53:32

very impressive!

Mary B Mary B 14 February 2017 20:41:10

Well done with the tomatoes Dick.

Our local team here (Mayfield) are in the All ireland Junior hurling final on Sunday next, I hope you'll be shouting for the Cork team eventhough they are playing your neighbours from Kilkenny (Mooncoin)!

Dick Dick 14 February 2017 23:04:21

Thank you all for your comments. Mary B, I have no connections with Kilkenny. My blood is a mixture of Cork and Limerick. I was very pleased with Cork's win, on Sunday but disappointed with Limerick's defeat. I was about 30 when I came to Carlow and joined the local Hurling Club soon after. Good luck to your hurlers. I buy the Examiner every Monday so I will see the result.


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