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Dick's Journal

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Where have all the iers gone?

05 March 2018 11:36:34

Thaw sé imithe

04 March 2018 19:36:44

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This evening I got fed up of the house and went for a walk around the front garden, first along the drive about 60 metres long and then into the lawn, examining the plants. The roses which had been pruned in January looked good. Other plants looked good although the moss has taken over a lot  and needs to be treated.  It was not treated last year. It didn't appear so cold as before. I has taken out a digital thermometer  and put it outside the front door. As I came back I noticed the temperature 11C, not bad. I took a few photos to let people see that it was really clear of snow. This snowfall here in Carlow, was not what others got like in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Wexford and some midland counties. Excuse grass and weeds. The idea of the photos was to show the absence of SNOW. 

No Sign of Emma

03 March 2018 14:33:06

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We heard so much about Emma but whoever she is she didn't come this way. Carlow, at least this part of the county missed out. While we had a fair bit of snow as it came, it is almost gone here. One may aske here An bhuil an sneachta ag imtheacht? The answer is Thaw I got the car out this morning and the roads were really clear. I tried two shops for bread and while most forms of food were available including Easter eggs which we don't want at the moment, bread was difficult to get. Were they thinking of the Scripture, Not on bread alone doth man live? I did get a loaf although I had part of one at home. A photo taken around mid day shows that we didn't get it so bad. I think of January 1982 when I was house bound for a longer period and more recently in December 2010 when a lot of damage was done to shrubs but this time it was only superficial.

Tomatoes Potted on

01 March 2018 10:16:49
Tomato plant

Tomato plant

This tomato plant together with 12 others were potted on, on Monday. They are still in the house, inside the bedroom window getting plenty of sunlight as the window faces mainly south. They also are getting plenty of heat due to central heating, the heater being below the window. There is no desire to move them to the greenhouse for a while.  While the seeds were sown in January, it was a bit later this year. As I looked out the same bedroom window, I saw the robin waiting for his breakfast so out I went and he was along to the feeder immediately. I have had several e-mails from nephews and nieces either telling me about their conditions or asking me about mine. Some humorous photos were included.

Indoor gardening

28 February 2018 15:50:03

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Plenty of snow here, perhaps not as bad as other places. In the afternoon, I took some photos and walked to the front gate where I noticed that the road was in good order. Two teenage lads called to the door to know if I needed anything from the shop. I got a lot of e-mails asking if I was ok. Some showed photos from their place. Seeing what it is like outside, indoor gardening is the thing at least for some days.

Tomatoes again

24 February 2018 15:27:32
Tomato Red Cherry

Tomato Red Cherry

Too cold to do any work outside. I fed my robin to day and as I was at the feeder, I noticed another robin not far away. My friend who calls to be fed every day was at the back door as I was opening it so food into the feeder and may I say the same bird was very hungry. Then, as I said, I noticed another robin not far away so it is the mating season. Not too long after that, I noticed a blue tit or great tit looking in through the glass in the back door so nuts were brought over to the cylinder where these little birds feed. The second lot of tomatoes were taken from the hot press and placed inside the bedroom window facing south. There are the red cherry type. I may pot on some of the early type which are about 8 cm high

Tomatoes

22 February 2018 22:45:55

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These plants should be potted on within the next few days. 53 plants. Variety: Alicante. Both trays of tomato plants are the same, only taken from different angles.

At the Rose Beds

21 February 2018 14:42:43

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Monday and Tuesday of this week were enjoyable, Monday recording a temperature of 14 C in my garden and in thr town centre 15 C, more like April than February. On Monday I began working at rose bed 1, near the house and removed the cuttings of the roses. On Tuesday, not as warm but with more sunshine, I got at the removal of the weeds. Then my niece, Liz arrived so very little done after that. It was she who took the photos. I was very pleased to get that much done. The roses which were pruned in January, have shown quite a lot of progress. Of course they were pet days. Now the tempreature has dropped and for some days we will be getting winds which originated in Russia, Olga's part of the world, so the same type of work will be suspendad. As I worked at the beds, my friend, the robin came along to pick some invertebrates

Snowdrops & Daffodils

15 February 2018 16:01:31
Snowdrops & Daffodil

Snowdrops & Daffodil

Daffodils are now opening although it is cold but sunny to day. Yesterday was mild and I had planned to prune the ash trees at the back. I failed to do so in November and as I have more energy, I said why not do so now. After all it was Ash Wednesday, but the time ran out as other items had to get preference. According to RTÉ, one might not think it was that day in question. Then I decided, too cold and wait until the temperature rises a bit. According to RTÉ, it was St. Valentine's Day and true enough according to tradition it is the time for mating. On the 13th, I saw a second robin and a few other birds that had not been around as well as blue tits and great tits. I noticed that while my friendly robin who comes along on a regular basis, continued to be there, the second robin was not to be seen. One thing I noticed was that the daffodils in my garden are opening. Other members seem to be well ahead of me here and as regards Hellebores, they seem to have vanished. Can someone explain?

Tomatoes Potted Up

12 February 2018 17:06:26
Potted up

Potted up

36 tomato plants were potted up to day. True leaves present. Just one tray shown here, three trays in toto.

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