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Dick's Journal

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Where I left off

10 February 2017 20:34:44

Well, during December and January, a bit of November and a bit of February, while there were problems in communication, I had been in dublin with my sister for Christmas about a week, the at once January came, I sowed tome tomato (Alicante) seed and then proceeded to prune the roses. There would be about 100+ as bush roses. The cuttings were all taken to a point and the Dutch hoe took over. The weeds and moss were taken away and the three rose beds are much neater now. About the end of January, the tomato plants had the true leaves and most of the were potted up. My sister in Castlebar sent me more tomato seeds, Crystal, Choc Cherry, Marz & Marzand. They were sown late in January.

The first few days of February were mild but then the cold wind came to us from the continent so very little outdoor gardening was carried out.  Due to the fact that for most of the winter, the weather was mild, snowdrops, crocuses and even daffodils have bloomed. While it has been cold during the past week it has been dry and from Monday next there will be a rise in temperature DV. I regret not getting to Johnstown but I don't drive distances like that now. I was in Beaumont Hospital on wednesday, to and from the same day by train, between Carlow and Dublin and got the Botox injections around the eyes. I drove into the town centre this evening without the goggles.

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 10 February 2017 20:54:53

Great to hear that your eye treatment is working. It's been a long road for you, Dick. Great hearing all that you got up to since your last journal. I'm almost ready to sow some tomato seeds. Must go and choose a few different varieties for this year.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 10 February 2017 21:20:51

You have been busy during January. It would be great to see a few nice warm days as we head into mid February. Our neighbour has received that eye treatment and it has worked wonders for him. Your sister has sent you a nice selection of tomato seeds.

fraoch fraoch 10 February 2017 21:28:51

You've certainly got loads done while off air! Glad the eyes have improved..

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 10 February 2017 21:50:58

Wow well done Dick, you have some amount of roses, glad all is well for you nowadays, enjoy all your lovely blooms

Dick Dick 10 February 2017 23:00:13

Thank you all. Mary, I have been getting these injections since 2011 but was driving to places 100miles or more until less than two years ago, not so now. It was Gerry Daly who told us that the pruning of roses could be done in January. I have found that the quality of the roses has improved. Also possibly over 10 of these roses were propagated by me from cuttings. I am looking forward to seeing how the new tomato seed works out. I have never grown these varieties before.

sallysarah sallysarah 11 February 2017 09:52:45

Dick - good to hear that you are doing bits and pieces in the garden and that you are able to avail of the eye treatment.   Heard on the radio this morning that it's going to warm up after the weekend!!!  Lovely day yesterday - spent a few hours in the garden.  This morning is just glorious - Croagh Patrick looking splendid with a clear blue sky behind it.

Dick Dick 11 February 2017 17:42:45

Good to hear from you Sally. It is good to know that the temperature is about to rise. I have done nothing in the garden for the past week. I hope you and Peter are keeping well.

DeclanTipp DeclanTipp 11 February 2017 23:17:39

Welcome back Dick and good to see that you are up and running again . Very cold in Tipp but the veg garden is dug and manured since Dec so all well . sowed a new variety of Garlin today beside my row of Rose cuttings which are showing signs of life . Seed potatoes are chitt on the window sills . 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 February 2017 18:04:44

Good to hear that the "Tomato King" is back in production! That's a shame about the driving. Maybe next year you might take a lift with a fellow .ier passing your way. We missed you at Johnstown!


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