Back Garden: Landscaping. Killester, Dublin

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I have always felt that gardens, the better ones are those where the journey to completion and its creating put simply, appears and far more importantly feels effortless. In this gardens making, it was nothing but a real genuine honour and I literally smiled every day of its making.

And though that may sound a little Hugh Grant or some such actor in some pile of pants girlie film [apologies], here’s what I noted the day of its completion which maybe words that better.

This wee video may give you a better feel of the finished back garden space.

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Temple Street Childrens Hospital, Half Marathon, Inis Mor 2015

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We all have our reasons in life for doing things. The reasons why Temple Street is so close to my heart aside for now [my number is below if you wish to chat/ coffee], this year hopefully will be my 5th year to run, sprint, crawl complete the half marathon on Inis Mór for Temple Street Childrens University Hospital.

As noted last year:

Chatting this morning, the suggestion was that I could have opted out, that I’m busy with work and that haven’t I done it for the last 3 [now 4] years. But there’s also the argument for my being lucky [is that even the right word to use ?], that a bit perspective in a world gone mad isn’t such a bad thing and a very strong case for doing something to give a little back.

I know as a business you may like a little return for your dollars and should that be the case; there does exist this garden blog and my dashing good looks and there’s also a garden radio show and podcast (also award winning) that has covered the journey [horticulturally] every single year. And I’m open to suggestions.

You may also decide you wanna walk the island yourself…? Either or, brew on it and lemme know.

If you’ve no few quids, or don’t need a something in return for your dosh, as good as is to give it a RT, a share, a pimping, a re-shout out or just wish my bones the best of luck crossing the finish line. It’s all good. Happy days and thanks you for being so very fantastic.

X Peter

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Private Garden Landscaping: Swords, Co. Dublin

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Of note: garden build completed late December 2014

It may be, a little naive of me to publish images of gardens made by Peter Donegan in their over wintering state. I say may be. Logically, all of the gardens I create are good and great, of course; but here I refer solely to the photograph of the garden and [again] here, it is quite visible to see that the trees are leafless etc and I guess it doesn’t paint the full complete picture, in its finest hour.

As I noted, it is a brand new garden and quite young by way of planting. And with that and season in mind; this is as naked, or as bad [?] as it can possibly look.

Based on that I was a little hesitant to post this garden here, but some suggested that it would be honest, or even refreshing to see December made garden images – its not the done thing for a professional landscaping company – whilst others noted that maybe I’m being a bit harsh on myself. I think I’ll leave that for you to decide and, I haven’t really thought about that too much.

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The reality is this is not a show garden – to clarify – a garden that is built as a stage for 5 days only. And in reality [again] the new owner must like this, their new garden for 12 months of the year, every year – not just in the summer months. And that, that loving it all year round part – that comes down to very good design, good plant choice and great planning. A little like you, gardens in mind…. seeing me in a tuxedo and thinking he’s a handsome fellow. But should we live together, for ever and ever…. you’d quickly find out that that is not the attire I might wear whilst I eat my porridge or bring you up a cup of coffee in the mornings and kiss you gently… or make your garden. Even though it is what first attracted you to me; or in this case to a garden I made. If that makes sense. Does that make sense ? I hope it makes sense. It should….

And back to all things great outdoors….. some before garden images ?

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In Print: Horticulture Connected

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Ireland had been missing a trade magazine for a number of years and 2014 saw it’s more than welcome return to Irish horticulture.

The latest issue is available as we speak and comes complete with a little Peter Donegan guaranteed to make you smile and brighten up your January. Self praise ? It’s all good.

More info and subscribing to the mag at www.horticulture.ie

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Beannachtaí na Nollaig agus na hAthbhliana 2014

Thank you so much, for everything. See you in 2015.

Nollaig Shona. X

Peter

Christmas Landscaping Donegan

Garden Advice Column – The Clare Champion

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This article was originally written for Carmen Cronin and The Clare Champion and an edited version of it published there October 3rd 2014. To be honest I had completely forgotten about it. Sorry ! Most likely due to creating and making gardens.

You may however remember the very lovely Carmen who is possibly better known for her amazing work at Clare Garden Festival ( you who travelled a long long way, bad joke ?, to hear me talk there would know) where I was an Expert Garden Speaker this year.

This below [below my business card that is] is the original, slightly longer version. Any Q’s ? feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a line.

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