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Dick's Journal

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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.

First Fruit on tomato

29 May 2017 14:46:35
fruit on Tomato Plant

fruit on Tomato Plant

To day , I noticed  a fruit on a tomato plant. I wonder have others had the same. I took out one of the pots with tomato to day. Musa plants fed. Plenty of roses in bloom.

Bananas doing well

27 May 2017 14:41:26
Musa

Musa

I moved the two Masa ensete to a new position yesterday. Obviously the sun has been good to them. I fed them. Thanks to Peter W for his advise.

A Few More Roses

26 May 2017 14:49:40

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From now on it will be roses appearing every day. The blue  one not really blue is Rhapsody in Blue. According to Dermot O'Neill. it is the nearest to blue. Not sure what the pink one is.

Roses are Blooming

25 May 2017 14:50:21

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I took these photos yesterday: Abraham Darby, Arthur Bell and Evelyn Fison or Irish Wonder. Abrahom Darby, I have shown already Is excedingly fragrant. Arthur Bell very fragrant. Evelyn Fisin Little if any fragrance.

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