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Snow come and Gone

23 March 2017 17:42:53

Yesterday was one of the coldest days for some time. As I looked out in the morning, there it was but didn't last very long. It remained quite cold. To day was different and I took some Photos of Hyacinths, not affected at all. To morrow I plan to go to the Country Market. We had none last Friday due to St. Patrick's Day. I should have Tomato plants Hydrangeas and Geraniums( hardy type). I think that the Yucca I mentioned will be right.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 March 2017 18:38:12

Love the Hyacinths. Such a gorgeous fragrance.

The best of luck at the market tomorrow, Dick.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 March 2017 18:52:08

Beautiful Hycyacinths and a nice combination of colour. Snow on the Comeraghs today, saw it when we were up near Dungarvan today. Best of luck at the market tomorrow.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 23 March 2017 19:23:08

Love the Hyacinths Dick, do you sell or buy at the market, enjoy whichever.

accsean accsean 23 March 2017 19:38:08

Very nice, Dick. Hope the market goes well for you.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 23 March 2017 19:47:32

I've never tried a country market Dick. I must someday though . 

Dick Dick 23 March 2017 20:57:14

Thank you all. Jacky, I sell items like plants, I grow the tomatoes from seed, I propagate perennial shrubs from cuttings.  I buy enough eggs there  enough to last the week. The Hydrangeas were slipped in June and rooted inside while the Geraniums were got by division of the root stock.

fraoch fraoch 23 March 2017 21:47:03

You're very enterprising, Dick. Best of luck with that. There was even a small bit of snow here in Cork yesterday but it didn't last long.


19 March 2017 20:13:42

I have several Yuccas in the garden.They are hardy but if the flowering part appears at the wrong time we finish up without the flowers we might expect. This season the flower stalks came in the Autumn and so when the Winter came they were affected by the frost even though we had generally a mild Winter. One of them seems to be safe and despite the cold weather we should get about Tuesday night, I hope it will bloom.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 19 March 2017 20:56:38

Fingers crossed for that, Dick.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 19 March 2017 21:11:11

They are lovely placed in mixed beds and add structure I think 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 March 2017 22:19:58

They have very exotic flowers. 

Fleurette Fleurette 19 March 2017 22:33:00

Mine are at the exact same stage, Dick.  And I am amazed they survived the huge gales this winter.  Quite often the winter winds strip off the flower buds.  

Scrubber Scrubber 19 March 2017 23:21:49

Yuccas thrive in my boggy area! I was amazed as I thought they were for very dry places they look mediteranean.

Jackie Jackie 20 March 2017 07:33:32

Hopefully they will survive and flower well for you. 

Dick Dick 20 March 2017 12:40:42

Thank you all. Mary, on a number of occasions I had these exotic flowers when the timing is right. If the flower buds were to come now things would be really good. Margot, you tend to get it wild in Donegal unlike us.

St. Patrick's Day

17 March 2017 14:17:26

What an early week we had regarding weather. However we have the typical St. Patrick's weather to day. It isn't too badn not raining so far. I was watching thr parade in Dublin, a bit disappointed with it, however I am looking forward to the All-Ireland Club finals, on TG4. The garden is looking good from the point of shrubs. Forsythia and Kerria japonica Plenafloria are looking better than ever and early too.


Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 March 2017 14:39:33

Horrible day here in Dublin, Dick. Keep warm and enjoy the game.

Dick Dick 17 March 2017 16:48:25

You can be sure Jacinta. I have been inside a lot to day and saw Cuala winning the Club Hurling final, the first Dublin side to win an All-Ireland Club Hurling title. The footballers have done it in the past. The weather is not to bad here, temperature about 10C and not much rain but a day for indoor entertainment.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 March 2017 17:13:24

My little grandson is very disappointed with the dubs win. He has been fanicated with the hurling. Just starting to rain here now. We had a walk along the strand this morning and it was nice and sunny, but windy. Also did a little garden, sowed a few scallion and lettuce seeds in modules and put out some Mange Tout.

Jackie Jackie 17 March 2017 19:11:07

Hope you enjoyed the hurling Dick......it was a lovely morning here and we went for our usual walk and really enjoyed it. But then about 1pm the heavens opened and the wind started to howl and it turned out a very dirty St Patricks Day......which is usual isnt it!! Roll on our good weather again soon.

Dick Dick 17 March 2017 19:23:25

I mentioned indoor entertainment. I am disgusted that RTE did not have a special programme for St. Patrick's Day. The parade showed nothing that would suggest anything Irish or religious. After the six one news there was nothing that would give the idea as to what day it was except that it was a Friday. Shame on RTE.

Scrubber Scrubber 17 March 2017 21:02:48

A pretty poor celebration alright Dick. We had our own little parade here in Borris and there was much good humour. Not a gardening day!

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 17 March 2017 21:45:06

I think the celebrations are better run abroad now. I haven't done a parade in years not since the girls grew up ! 

Glad I left my potatoes upstairs chitting . The ground is still too cold and next weeks weather is for frost !


Good win for the Kerry boys Dick. 

Fleurette Fleurette 18 March 2017 23:19:25

Dick, I cannnot join in the recriminations regarding RTE, because generally I have no reception as we under a hill, and our signals come across the water from the Limavady transmitter.

"Daughter dear" was here, as she usually is for St. patrick,  and in spite of the pouring rain, she and her lifelong friends went in to Moville and enjoyed the parade.  Last year, our Garden Club entered a float, but not this year.  

Dick, regarding Slaughtneil and the football, I heard a lovely comment from their manager.  The interviewer was making a comparison to Ballinderry, who had won 48 yrs ago.  "Ach," says he, "Ballinderry at least has a shop, Slaughtneil can only lay claim to grass" .  

Didn't Ireland play brilliantly this evening?   

A Happy St. Patrick's Day to All in Garden.ie

15 March 2017 20:25:38

Looking forward to Friday St. Patrick's Day

fraoch fraoch 15 March 2017 22:30:47

Enjoy it, Dick!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 March 2017 22:55:46

Have a good day. I am sure you will be watching the match. Weather not great for the parades.

Dick Dick 15 March 2017 23:12:35

I will enjoy it though not sitting out in the garden. Yes I hope to see the hurling and football on TV.

Another great Day.

15 March 2017 20:04:28

The temperature was high again to day. I would have liked to be out more but was busy at other matters. Like other days, the vent was openedin the greenhouse. The tomato plants are well advanced but i will wait a bit to transfer them to the greenhouse. I sold none at the Country Market last Friday, despite the plants being good and of course due to Friday this week being St. Patrick's Day I will have to wait another week. They are doing well inside the windows. I see that the temperature will be down to morrow and St. Patrick's Day but rising again.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 March 2017 20:14:40

It was too warm to spend much time in the greenhouse today.

Your tomato plants will have put on more tempting growth for you to sell next week, Dick. I'm sure at this stage they'll be in great demand from then on.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 March 2017 23:02:14

Beautiful morning here, but got overcast in the afternoon and was a little cool. Love the Hydrangea.


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