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Dick's Journal

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07 August 2017 22:26:30

Tomatoes Galore.

19 July 2017 11:48:58
Tomatoes

Tomatoes

I have been picking the tomatoes over the last few days.I have two varieties ripe. My friend down the road mowed the lawn for me yesyerday on one of the warrmest days days so far. To day at about 10 a.m. the heavy rain arrived, just in time. I feared that my flowers would burn up. I have over 100 roses. They should do well.

Enjoying the Weather

17 July 2017 14:39:20
Rose

Rose

Well Saturday was St. Swithens Day and generally good weather, good temperature but in general no rain. So we can expect plenty more of the good weather. I had difficulty for about a week getting an entry into garden.ie. Did any body else have the same problem?

Back in Action

04 July 2017 15:54:24

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Some people may think that i am out of the country. Not really, simply the modem was not working and having sent it to the company i got it back this morning. As you see it is working now.

It has been a great summer so far, temperature good and items like fruit and frlowers great. The roses are as good as ever. In the greenhouse, the tomatoes are doing well. I noticed one ripe yesterday. I have been enjoying the grapes for some time. Outside, no shortage of gooseberries and raspberries.

Some Shrubs in Bloom

13 June 2017 22:51:02

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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.

Identify this Flowering Shrub

13 June 2017 16:34:51
Name the plant

Name the plant

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

Yucca a better flower

12 June 2017 20:22:01
Yucca

Yucca

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.

Roses Looking Good

10 June 2017 15:44:55

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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.

Yucca in bloom

05 June 2017 17:08:13
Yucca

Yucca

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.

Now to start Propagation of Cuttings

02 June 2017 22:19:22
Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas

I find June a good month to get at the propagation of cuttings in particular Hydrangeas. Not so long ago i noticed that with one night of frost, that so many flowers had been burnt by the frost and it seemed that that was the end of these flowers  but they came on again and before May was out i had flowers in bloom on same. See photo. To morrow I hope to have the first cuttings taken and prepare for the new plants. Some will tell you that July/August is the time for it but I have found June to be better and the new plants will be rooted earlier. i have given the to many friends and eve to our bishop Dr. Denis Nulty.

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