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Tulips in Castlebar

22 April 2017 20:11:22

These photos were taken at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar. My niece Patricia known locally as Pippi planted  them last year and the photos were taken in mid April. She is very interested in the environment.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 22 April 2017 20:33:54

They look really lovely!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 April 2017 20:44:18

They're fabulous, Dick. Great to see the green fingers passed down to the next generations.

Dick Dick 22 April 2017 20:50:03

Jacinta, her mother is very interested in gardening. I hope to get a photo of her garden by  e-mail. I was talking to her this morning on the phone.

Scrubber Scrubber 22 April 2017 22:33:32

Its in the genes dick! lovely photograph. Obviously knows how to fill a bed!

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 23 April 2017 08:31:46

wow they look amazing,all stood to attention

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 April 2017 17:34:25

Fantastic colour combinations and what a view.

Dick Dick 23 April 2017 22:41:18

Thank you all. I think it is the first time I have shown her work with the plants but as I pointed out, her interest in the environment is great.

At the Rose Beds

21 April 2017 22:10:27

Well I completed the rose beds to day. The weather was good, no rain and relatively mild. it would seem that in Cork and Kerry and other parts of Munster the temperature was better. In the afternoon, I tackled the third rose bed using the Dutch hoe. Even though the heavy rain came this week the ground was still quite hard. The roses in the three beds look good. There are rose buds to be seen, propably due to the fact that we didn't get severe weather. I hear that it will be cold early next week and hope this type of weather will not do too much harm. There is one rose in a side bed Abraham Darby  and rose buds are partly open showing some colour. Too late now to take a photo, probably to morrow.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 April 2017 22:32:35

We had no rain in Waterford during the week and the soil is very dry. The dry weather has suited the roses and there is no sign of blackspot this year. It is good to get the opportunity to keep them weeded. Cold weather forecast for next week.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 22 April 2017 09:03:05

Down here in west Cork Dick, we have had no rain, i am watering mostly everything. plenty dust about also

Mary B Mary B 22 April 2017 16:43:29

Yes very dry here too, we could do with a drop now. Abraham Darby is a beautiful rose. My Bantry Bay will flower shortly I think.

Magnolia susan

21 April 2017 12:57:59

I showed this Magnolia earlier on It has grown somewhat since.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 April 2017 13:34:55

Plenty of flowers on the verge of opening, beautiful. You should be very pleased with that, Dick.

Dick Dick 21 April 2017 14:22:21

Yes Mary, It was the first magnolia I have grown and it has survived several others.

rhody rhody 21 April 2017 15:58:18

I have a Susan in my garden planted many years ago and the flowers are at the same stage as yours now. A lovely variety.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 21 April 2017 19:54:49

Looks like they will be quite large flowers when opened

Dick Dick 21 April 2017 21:53:26

As you all see the flowers are large and have to open yet. They tell me that some magnolias will not do well in limey soil, which I have. Perhaps that is why some have not survived. The woman who sold the shrub told me to give it ferrous sulphate and I have done that. I admire your greenhouse Jacky, not green of course.

Dick Dick 23 April 2017 22:44:52

I took a few photos of them to day but in the uploading like a week ago it didn't work. The flowers are really big. I will try again to morrow.

Welcome Rain

19 April 2017 22:27:26

For a considerable length of time there seemed to be no sign of rain, temperature not great and getting cold at night, so the heat was on in the greenhouse by night and the Musa plants being the tender type were moved in. They have grown quite a bit for that reason. I remember when I took them out and watered them about a month ago, they looked miserable. Peter W in Cork has similar plants and he gave me some advise about them. I wonder is it time to feed them now. The heating of the greenhouse could also explain how the vine has done so well. During Holy Week, I spread some fertilizer around the roses and on Good Friday it was misty, not enough to wash down the potato manure in these beds. Yesterday I got the Dutch hoe out and tackled the beds, well two of the three. It got rid of what weeds were there, not many. Then this morning it began to rain and this time there was plenty of it so I was very pleased. By the way these roses have come on very well. They were pruned in January and many of them are showing flower buds. The Magnolia susan has come on a lot too since I displayed the photo. The grass which was mown last week has also come on and perhaps needs another mowing. However there was very little work done in the garden to day but to morrow is another day. Sorry no photos to day.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 April 2017 22:53:37

We had a lovely sunny day here in Waterford today. We could do with a little rain at this stage as the soil is drying out. Looking forward to seeing your Magnolia when it flowers.













Dick Dick 19 April 2017 23:12:04

I should have the photo of same to morrow, Mary. Between 9.30 and 10 a.m. the rain really came down and it was welcome. I had about half of the pelargoniums out for some time and it was a benefit to them. The others should be out to morrow.

Jackie Jackie 20 April 2017 07:10:12

We had rain almost all day , very disappointing as I could get nothing done. Got drenched while out walking!! Look forward to the photo too. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 April 2017 07:43:01

Yes, Jackie, same here.

Luckily I had my 'little man' here to distract me. :)

Dick Dick 20 April 2017 23:33:31

To day was good and perhaps we might get another but it seems that next week will not be mild. I took the photo of the Magnolia to day and will show it to morrow.

Happy Easter

15 April 2017 23:04:58

A happy Easter to all in Garden.ie. This year like last year I am at home for Easter. I always tended to travel and be with the relations for Easter like Christmas but I don't drive long distances now. However let us rejoice as This is the Day.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 15 April 2017 23:17:56

Have a nice w/e Dick. My two girls are out n about now ( all grown up ) so it's an early night and off to Nowlan Park tomorrow for the Hurling . Makes a nice change NOT to be playing Kilkenny again ! 

Lots of gardening done today so Iam catching up with the potting out and such. I'll have to call up for some Tomato plants when my greenhouse is operational . I ordered it yesterday and will put in foundations Tues. 

Dick Dick 16 April 2017 19:24:53

Good win for Tipp. They got of to a good start and ut seemed as if Wexford would get nowhere. Then Wexford woke up and with just 2 points behind, it seemed as if they would win. Then back came Tipp and ensured victory. The big ifference was that Tipp could get the goals while Wexford had difficulty doing so. I was shouting for the losers in each case. I watched the two games on TG4. I have plenty tomatoes but very little demand.


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