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Oh how the Thunder rolls Oh how the Winds are howl

16 October 2017 16:02:25

First of the apples picked

13 October 2017 22:47:28

Back again

13 October 2017 13:46:25

Tomatoes come out Bananas about to go in

23 September 2017 22:39:59

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Well, to day , or was it yesterday, the Autumnal Equinox, equal day and night. However the temperature was a bit higher than a week ago. I decided to turn on the central heating, at the time but no heat. Then I decided to contact the man who would service the boiler. Later, I felt that I should put down the dip stick into the tank ach mo lean, bhi se beagnach folamh.(It was almost empty). I got in 1000 litres of oil, then a service and would you believe, it is a bit on the warmer side now. However, I can expect no more growth in the tomatoes so they were removed  to day. Now as time goes on, we can expect a drop in temperature before long, so the Musa, banana, plants will go in soon. Perhaps Peter W may let me know how he thinks. As you see I have only a small amount of tomatoes. The yield was low this year.

Plants, Tender and Hardy

18 September 2017 17:31:53

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As mentioned before, I have two Banana or Musa plants. One was put out in the front garden for display. Due to being ill, the other one was left at the back, facing south. That plant has come on in leaps and bounds and is shown. The one I moved to the front, I moved it to day, nearer to the house, due to the cold weather. It is still looking good but not as good as the other. Both are tender and before long, they will be going indoor, probably to the greenhouse. I took a photo of a Phormium, also called New Zealand Flax. Some years ago when we had it very cold in the winter, I thought it would die bot it had recovered to normality. There are many stalks on it full of seed pods and I have a small quantity of these seeds in the house. Has anybody sown seeds of this kind? I know that division of the root stock is the best way to propagate the plant but I would like to try growing phormiums from the seeds. I could supply seeds to anybody interested. To day was a lovely, sunny day with little or no wind. The blue sky to day may remind one of Dublin's win yesterday althought the green and red of the Pelargoniums around the Musa might remind one of the Mayo team that ran them to a point. Think of Cillian O'Connor hitting the post late in the game and then Dean Rock sending the ball between the posts.

82 to day

16 September 2017 14:49:52

Trees show Change in Colour

15 September 2017 17:08:14


Walking through the front garden, I noticed a change in colour of some trees, in particular the Liquidambar. This tree has grown a lot in the past year but also has shown a change in colour in particular, the lower part and a little towards the top. Temperature is more like mid October than mid September and according to the weather forecast, higher temperaturesare not expected. Well to day the rain has so far kept away.

Members of the Maranta Group

08 September 2017 20:57:13

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To day I was at the Country Market, my second time since I resumed the stand in Askea Parish Centre. Unlike last Friday, I sold nothing. I actually returned with one extra plant. A member of the group gave me what is surely a Maranta plant but what species? The taller plant was given to me by my sister some years ago, much taller and would be described as Ctenanthe Compactstar. It was only to day that I realised that they were related.

 I acquired a new mouse. The one I had which came with the computer, was giving me a problem but with the new mouse, it is child's play. I had expected that the old one would be repaired but the man who sold the new mouse said that it would cost as much to repair the one I had as to supply a new one. How times change?

Tomato Plants

02 September 2017 19:59:16
Tomato Leaves

Tomato Leaves

For years, I haave had no trouble with the foliage of the tomato plants. This year is different. Quite a number of leaves are withered. During the three weeks I was away, hospital and nursing home, the man who looked after the greenhouse did a very good job. He cannot be blamed. Is it a fungus desease or something else? I was talking to my sister on the phone . She lives in Castlebar and she tells me she has a similar problem. To day, the sun was shining and one would like to be outside. I entered the greenhouse and with the secateurs removed as much of the leaves which were affected. As I left the greenhouse, the plants looked very good. The amount of deseased or burnt leaves seemed minimal.


28 August 2017 20:01:27

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The roses are not looking as good as last year due to the fact that I have to take it easy. No edging or feeding but as the dog said when his tail was cut "It won't be long."


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