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Real Christmas Tree Recycling Tipperary 2021

Christmas Trees here in Co. Tipperary can be dropped off Free of Charge for recycling from Monday January 4th, 2021 until Saturday January 16th 2021 at the following locations.

Parnell Street Car Park, Thurles.
Clonmel Recycling Centre Carrigeen, Clonmel.
Waller’s-Lot Recycling Centre Cashel.
Donohill Recycling Centre, Tipperary.
Fair Green Car Park Carrick- on- Suir.
Nenagh Recycling Centre, Nenagh.
Roscrea Recycling Centre, Roscrea.
Templemore Town Park, Templemore.
Co. Council Depot Cahir Business Park, Cahir.

Your recycled Christmas trees will be most possibly mulched for use in gardening and landscaping.

Mulch, as every good gardener knows, serves several purposes.

  • Weed Barrier: Mulch blocks the light and helps suffocates weeds.
  • Moisture Retention: By blocking the light, mulch helps your soil retain more moisture so you have less watering to do.
  • A Perceived Well Maintained Finish: Mulch adds a clean, decorative edge to your yard, boosting pathway curb appeal, which, in turn, adds to your home’s perceived value from the outside.

November 2020 Is Sakura Season In Thurles

It’s called sakura season in Japan; the time when pink and white cherry blossoms signal the beginning of spring.

Photographed yesterday (November 17th 2020) a fruit bearing Cherry tree in bloom here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The unique variety of cherry tree known as Kawazu-zakura is usually the first to bloom in late February, while most other variety’s come into bloom between mid March and early May.

Japan’s cherry blossom season famously begins in late March and April lasting for around two weeks, with the best places to see the blush-tinted blooms being in Maruyama Park, Mount Yishino, Himeji Castle and Fuji Five Lakes.

However, this year you only have to travel to the Pallottine Prayer Garden, Kickham Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary, where half of a fruit bearing Cherry tree has burst into bloom just this week, November 7th 2020.

The tree and this unusual delightful ‘blooming’ phenomenon can be viewed on the North facing side of the Pallottine Prayer Garden.

Can anyone please enlighten us as to why we have a Cherry tree blooming in early November? We would love to hear your explanation.

Would the fact that this tree may have been grafted at the root have anything to do with its decision to burst into bloom or is Mother Nature simply trying to cheer us up?

Note: We also mentioned last week the fact that daffodils are already emerging from their slumber since late October, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


Daffodils Emerging In Thurles Surely ‘Beats Banagher’.

The Daffodil or Jonquil (Narcissus) is usually among the first plants to emerge, normally in early spring.
Grown from bulbs planted between September and November, (Up until the ground starts to freeze), they emerge out of the soil as temperatures begin to rise in late February and early March to produce welcome bright trumpet-shaped blossoms on top of thin tubular stems.

However, this year we report that, here at least in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, daffodils are already emerging since late October, which, to use a now rarely used phrase, surely ‘Beats Banagher’.

[“Beats Banagher” – Primarily used here in Ireland to mean beyond the bounds of imagination; surprising; shocking, or an amazing occurrence.]

Note: These bulbs were first planted four years ago

What is the reason for this unusual phenomenon I hear you ask? I regret I have no answers, but maybe someone out there can explain this early premature birthing, same almost four months ahead of time.


Strolling Through A Thurles Autumn

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”.
Extract from a poem ‘To Autumn’ by Poet John Keats

Autumn officially began here in Ireland this year on Tuesday, September 22nd 2020 (Astronomer’s calender) and will end on Monday, December 21st when nature takes on its winter sleep until once again to be awoken by spring in March 2021. [Note: September 1st to November 30th per traditional Meteorological calendar.]

As each year passes, we are wont to discuss our seasons metaphorically with regards to human living; someone is described as “being in the autumn of their years”, or someone is “no spring chicken”, or someone is “in the winter of their time” and “Summer is a time for the tasting of new melodies”.

This season, synonymous with ripened apples, multicoloured Fountain Grasses, Michaelmas and Black Eyed Susie Daisies, is most often referred to as “the fall of the year” since it coincides with the time when leaves fall from our abundance of trees, both native and foreign born.

In the past, as a boy, autumn always appeared to close that curtain, as it were, on our stage presentation of summer. While it was regrettably ‘back to school time’, for me back in the mid-20th century, it still remains my favourite season.

There were hazel nuts to collect. There were horse chestnuts (conkers) to be gathered, hardened (by soaking in vinegar), then the drilling/piercing and cording of same, in preparation for that anticipated conker fight. There were orchards to be raided and with Halloween on the horizon, there were turnips to be carved (few pumkins back then for such pleasures) and of course buttered barmbrack to be eaten.

The leaves on the trees in each late September begin to turn different colours, some to sepia tone brown; others to red, to gold, as the branches holding them, waving in our prevailing south-westerly breezes, took on a more skeleton look once more.
Year after year these leaves pirouette downward to form mother nature’s rich colourful collage on our green grassy earth or on our cement coloured pavements below.


Phase One Of Easing Covid-19 Restrictions Begins On Schedule

The government have confirmed that it is safe to proceed with Phase 1 of their plan to ease the COVID-19 restrictions, starting on Monday next.

Same progress, however, comes with a strict warning with same depending on all of us doing what we have been doing over the past number of weeks. Remember, as we come into contact with more people over the coming weeks, the opportunity for the virus to once again spread, greatly increases.

What is permitted under Phase 1?

Those working outdoors, like builders and gardeners will be able to return to work.
Some retail outlets – such as garden centres, hardware stores, electrical stores and repair shops for bicycles & motor vehicles can reopen.
Some outdoor sporting activities, involving small groups with a maximum of four people, will also be allowed.
Outdoor public sports amenities such as football and rugby pitches, tennis courts and golf courses can reopen, where social distancing can be maintained.
Outdoor public amenities and tourism sites, where people are “non-stationary” and can maintain social distancing, can reopen.
It will be possible to meet up to four friends and/or family from other households in an outdoor setting, while maintaining current strict social distancing.
Employees are only to go to work if your workplace is open and they can’t work from home.
Members of the public are also being urged to wear face coverings when on public transport and in enclosed spaces.

In a statement issued by the Government earlier this month, they stated: “As a country, we can only move from one phase to the next, if the virus stays under control between each phase.”
Today they further reiterated that there remains a long-term need for social distancing, for good hand hygiene, for respiratory hygiene, regular cleaning and for people to stay at home and isolate immediately if found to be sick with similar virus symptoms.