Garden Landscaping. Howth, Co. Dublin

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Above pictured the complete garden structure building, one part of an overall landscaping project in Howth, Co. Dublin.

Entirely hand-made and built. It consists of a fully slated roof, solid timber uprights, hardwood deck to the base, surrounds closed in on two sides; one hardwood shelf to the rear right hand side and back; and two hand-made accoya hardwood seats, one of which is a swinging seat; and yes even here I bought the chain and cut it to length etc.

Of note to the lean of the roof, as versus the angle (degrees), the house is 3 story at the back. The video below may show that in better detail.

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Back Garden Landscaping. Ballinteer, Dublin

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There are very many reasons why I love so much what it is I do as my work, if I might call it that.

Second place to the top of that pile for most gardens, for me, is the what it was before hand to the what it has become. That in mind, this little ditty sits right up there with the very best of them.

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Garden Talk: National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Saturday, July 9th 2016.

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Saturday 9th July I was honoured to have been invited to give a talk to a group of horticulturists, garden designers and landscape architects that had travelled from Germany to Ireland. Above, pictured with some of the group.

On this occasion the lecture, if you will, took place at Ireland’s National Botanic Gardens, Dublin.

My thanks to the Catherine, Donall, Paul and the team at The Bots who (as always and again) looked after me so very well. Thank you, so very much.

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Garden Planters: Handmade and Planted. Dublin, Ireland.

hand made, garden planters, dublin

These garden planters were hand made in Dublin, Ireland.

Marked to measure using a pencil & a set square – old school – and precision cut & trimmed. The planters made from recycled timber – by client request on this occasion, were then twice sanded using a block of wood and sand paper and screwed together – very important in Irish weather and finally, hand painted twice – for added protection – in Henry Ford’s favourite colour.  Read more

Garden Pests: Lupin Aphid, Macrosiphum albifrons

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pictured above: The Lupin aphid or, the Macrosiphum albifrons. 

When I was about 5 or 6, one of the first things I thought myself to do was to get Geraniums to produce roots by simply placing them in a saucer of water. My pocket money, far better spent on compost (and football stickers) once I’d figured that technique out and moved onto propagating Cacti, that in mind, could never afford me the luxury of purchasing rooting powder. Back to the geraniums, their biggest pest was the Aphid; better known to you may be as whitefly or, Trialeurodes vaporariorum to be exact.  Read more

Landscaping Dublin: Lawn Construction

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I don’t do negatives in life as best as I possibly can, or at all. I find the dwelling on them an entirely pointless exercise. Problems, as best as possible should be dealt with and or very simply eliminated, move on and enjoy the finer things in life.

On this occasion however, in order to tell you the very good I need to dwell a little on the bad, at some point – I’ll sidetrack to that shortly – solely so as one may contrast what makes or constructs a better best lawn.

This is the story of a lawn. What it was was previously and how it was constructed correctly.  Read more

Landscaping: Malahide, Dublin

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If there were awards for what it was and what it has become, this now garden has to be up there with the very best of them. And that again, as is pretty much always the case – in the great ones department – comes down to one major factor – really, really great people to work with and for.

Before I go any further, the for now end result needs a phase 2.1 if you will. And that will happen, in time.

Note bené: I’m always hesitant to pop in images of the before or during works; and tend just to stick to the after. On this occasion however, I don’t really have that much of a choice. You’ll understand as you read on. While I’m at it, please excuse my slightly terrible video skills. Read more