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Dick's Journal

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Snow come and Gone

23 March 2017 17:42:53

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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.

Yucca

19 March 2017 20:13:42
Yucca

Yucca

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.

St. Patrick's Day

17 March 2017 14:17:26

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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.

 

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

15 March 2017 20:25:38
St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day

Looking forward to Friday St. Patrick's Day

Another great Day.

15 March 2017 20:04:28
Hydrangea climbing type

Hydrangea climbing type

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.

Enjoying the good Weather

14 March 2017 17:23:09
Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas

Yesterday was glorious and to day good as well. I think we got the best of the weather here in Carlow yesterday. With the sun shining, I got at the third of the rose beds and to day finished the job. Due to a big Sycamore tree in the middle of the lawn there were seedlings all over the lawn. I took photos of Hydrangeas yesterday. These were taken as cuttings last summer and while they were dormant in the winter, the foliage is showing up at the moment. I also took a photo of the climbing variety of Hydranges which is looking great. There is a Magnolia stellata at the back and the first flower is almost fully open now. I would like to mow the lawn and it should be done at the moment but due to arthritis, I will have to get somebody else to do the job.

A Good Day for the Garden

11 March 2017 17:41:09

Kerria & Flowering Currant

10 March 2017 12:58:17

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Kerria, to give it its full name Kerria japonica Pleniflora, quite early this year, very hardy. My parents had it in Ballina and Mallow. I got  some when my house was built. Flowering Currant, I got from my sister in Co Waterford quite early too. The Kerria is easily propagated by division of root stock.

Robin

06 March 2017 18:05:59
Robin

Robin

The robin comes to me early in the day to be fed sometimes, later. If you look at facebook you will see that my friend John Quinlan is able to do something I haven't achieved  to have the bird eat out of the hand.

More Rhubarb

02 March 2017 17:22:36
Rhubarb

Rhubarb

To day was so different from yesterday. Yesterday was very mild and sunny until the rain came about 4 p.m. To day was such that you would hardly go out. what a change in the months? January and February were so good except for about a week in February and now that March has come one would expect it to be even better, ach mo lean, it was like what one would expect in January. Now I haven't seen any snow or hail to day but the temperature was such that one would tend to stay inside. I took photos of the tomatoes and for some reason, it was a problem to upload the photos but with patience and perseverance they were uploaded. I picked some rhubarb, just five days after the first. I got about 600g of the stuff. I plan to take it to the Country Market to morrow.

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