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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.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 14 June 2017 23:03:57

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

Identify this Flowering Shrub

13 June 2017 16:34:51

I got this flowering shrub as a cutting from my father in Mallow. Can you identify it?

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 13 June 2017 17:30:48

Looks a bit like Deutzia to me.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 June 2017 21:23:55

Dick, I think it might be a Philadelphus. Has it a nice scent?  It is also known as Mock Orange, common name.

Dick Dick 13 June 2017 21:40:47

Mary, I also have Philadelphus or Mock Orange but it is different.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 June 2017 22:08:53

Hazel's suggestion that it is a Deutzia must be right. My Deutzia has  finished flowering by now, but maybe we are a little ahead of Carlow

Dick Dick 13 June 2017 23:01:18

Of course you are in Waterford, Mary. True Waterford are to play Cork in Munster senior hurling and don't forget Cork had only one point to spare in the Munster senior football.

Yucca a better flower

12 June 2017 20:22:01

I have made good progress with the walking. Weather was better than yesterday.  To day, I got the vacuum cleaner out and did a bit of cleaning in the house. Tomatoes and grapes are making good progress, very little sunshine. I planted out some antirrhinums and while I was doing so, my little friend , the robin came along as to say " need something to eat" so i went to the back of the house and brought along some bird seed which he enjoyed. Finally, I took a photo of a yucca which had made quite a bit of progress since I took the photo of the first one.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 June 2017 21:24:01

That Yucca is looking fantastic, Dick. Delighted that you are getting back to yourself again and being able to do more jobs around the house and garden.  I too have a little Robin that's has been following me around the garden since early spring.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 June 2017 21:33:33

Wow, that's a really full flower. So exotic looking.

That's great news about your much improved mobility, Dick.

Jackie Jackie 13 June 2017 08:17:06

Great flower on your Yucca. Delighted to hear  you are up and about too. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 13 June 2017 17:25:48

I'm still waiting patiently for the Yucca you gave me to produce a flower!  Well done on the recovery process. 

Dick Dick 13 June 2017 23:45:23

I got the first yucca from my landlady when I came to Carlow in 1965. I have supplied Yuccas to quite a number of people. If you Hazel would like another any time you pass through Carlow, no problem.

Roses Looking Good

10 June 2017 15:44:55

To day was surely the best day this month. some might say that we got it all in May. well not as warm as some of those in May but a day to enjoy being outside. Usually the rose beds are clear of weeds but not at the moment, until the knee improves. However the relative humidity was 70% this morning and 40% when I took the photos. I looked at roses in bed 3 and 8 of them, I think were in bloom grown from cuttings.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 10 June 2017 19:36:54

We have had rain and strong winds for the last week or so and the poor roses are really suffering. I spent the afternoon deadheading roses and it was heartbreaking seeing so many beautiful flowers totally destroyed. Yours seem to be a bit more sheltered than mine. They were doing great with the dry weather we had in Spring and no sign of blackspot, but things have changed.

JoanG JoanG 10 June 2017 20:20:04

They do look good, Dick.  So far our roses are holding up well despite the wind and rain, much to my surprise, though they are fairly sheltered. 

Scrubber Scrubber 10 June 2017 21:39:49

Great show Dick! I too had a good day weatherwise. Hope the knees continue to improve!

Dick Dick 10 June 2017 22:57:34

Thanks Mary, I remember visiting my late sister in the Annestown area even nearer the sea. We had to put up a shelter belt.

Good to see that your roses are ok, Joan.

Peter, my knee is improving every day . I am applying exercises.

Yucca in bloom

05 June 2017 17:08:13

Of the many Yuccas I have in the garden, three are in bloom. This one near the front door is a very irregular shape. Two others are coming on and should look better. To day is a wet one and not one for the garden. You may remember May, warmer and drier and sunnier than what we have now. The house was untidy for that reason and to day I lit fire in the sitting room, the only room with a fireplace. Much of the materials are now gone up in smoke but more to go yet. I am walking better now sometimes without the stick.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 05 June 2017 19:18:05

Miserable day here too Dick. I did some hoeing in the veg garden this morning but that was before the heavens really opened . Spent an hour potting on some Dahlias grown from seed and placed netting over the ripening strawberries but that was it .

Heating back on tonight I think. 

Scrubber Scrubber 05 June 2017 19:30:26

Very glad to hear the walking has improved dick. It was dry in Dublin for Bloom. I went early and was home at four! Enjoyable.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 05 June 2017 22:03:54

A lot of rain in Waterford today. Delighted to hear that you are getting about without a stick. It is early for the Yuccas to be blooming. 

Fleurette Fleurette 05 June 2017 22:11:22

really  heavy rain in Donegal yesterday.   But today, although windy, was bright and there was sunshine, to an extent, anyway!  

Dick, my yuccas which had flower  stems growing for flowering last August, are now looking wonderful. Never better. I shall put up a journal And photos.  

Jackie Jackie 06 June 2017 08:16:56

The rain started here yesterday at 4.30pm and I had to go in after a lovely day outside......but at the marathon it started at 3pm as my daughter, Nicold, was asking in it. Strange how the weather is so different even in the Dublin area

Glad to hear you are up and out Dick and that Yucca looks great 

PeterW PeterW 06 June 2017 14:58:09

Beautiful flowers on the Yucca, I hope to see the same with mine someday. A complete washout here yesterday but I still managed to get my Belfast sink sorted.

Dick Dick 06 June 2017 22:34:36

Peter regarding the flower on the Yucca, it was the first one this season. being near the house it survived the winter. Others failed. Two flowers on other Yuccas are on the way . i will show them as soon as they are mature.

Margot, i am looking to seeing your Yuccas.

Scrubber, Mary, Jackie, Decky, thank you all. I am walking without the stick to day.


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