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Dick's Journal

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First of the Rhubarb

25 February 2017 12:32:13


I picked the first to day. What you see is just what was picked. There is plenty more there. I will make jam or desert. The taste of rhubarb at this time of year is great and although I have artritis in the knees, I will enjoy it. I still have plenty of cooking apples (Brambly) but they are going off. I took a number to the compost heap yesterday. I sold 2 kg at the Country market yesterday for a mere €2. Growth is great in the garden. I showed Forsythia this week and Kerria is about to open. I would normally think of that as being much later.

Hydrangeas, Forsythia

23 February 2017 12:01:43


My last entry was some days ago, sorry for no entry until to day. On Monday due to other coommitments, I was unable to get at the garden until 4 p.m. I took out the secateurs and removed the mopheads from about 90% of the Hydrangeas. Yesterday, I took a photo of the Forsythia and look forward to seeing plenty of it in bloom. Yesterday was also  too wet to do any work in the garden and to day it is a bit wild not as bad as other places. No structural damage done in my garden, The greenhouse remains as it was yesterday. 

A Walk in the Garden around Mid Day

19 February 2017 19:36:36


I spent only a brief period in the garden to day.  Although there was very little sign of sun, it was on occasion whereby I woul like to see how progress was made. Daffodils are in bloom for some time, normally you would not see things like this until March. Tete-a-Tete are in bloom. As the flowers are quite small and other plants have themleft out of vision, I think I should move them to another part of the garden. The snowdrops are best ever. Red Robin is showing new leaves and flowers are appearing on the Flowering Currant. The roses which I pruned in January are coming on especially over the past week. The Irises which I planted in the Autumn are in bloom. I hadn't expected them for some time. Of course the grass has grown and I need to spray the moss which appears every year. On a weekday I would be out working in the garden but Sunday is different. I dont work in the garden on Sundays and I was anxious to watch the hurling, Waterford v Tipp and Clare v Kilkenny.

Spring Back Again

16 February 2017 15:43:21

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It seemed after a few days of February, that we were facing the winter once more but the Spring has returned over the last week, no frost at night and temperatures 10 degrees and more. Yesterday was a really Spring day with 12 degees and a few more. The Snowdrops and Crocuses and even the Daffodils are looking good. Having Daffodils since La le Bride is great. These Daffs are growing in the area I call the Secret Garden. Beside same is a Yucca which I replanted from a  bed near the front door. It was blown down about a year ago(I think) and I replanted it leaving it to the Grace of God. It has really taken root and leaves have come out. I had hoped that I would have flowers in a number of Yuccas on account of the mild Winter but the frost in early February didn't help.

Tomatoes Potted up

13 February 2017 20:30:55
Tomatoes Potted up

Tomatoes Potted up

The seed was sown early in January and true leaves were formed by the end of January when they were potted up.

Where I left off

10 February 2017 20:34:44

Back again

09 February 2017 18:00:58

Robins, Roses and Rodents.

28 November 2016 20:41:40

Liquidambar in late November

25 November 2016 15:49:08

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I attended the Country Market this morning and although I had cooking apples, €1 for a kg, I sold nothing. In the afternoon, I took some photos of the Liquidambar, still showing folliage while most trees are bare.

December Irish Garden

21 November 2016 17:13:25


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