Family Back Garden. Malahide, Co Dublin

family back garden, dublin

I have always thought of gardens in two ways.

The first: When you go to a place in Ireland like Inis Mór. Nothing wrong with it at all, but it’s not really a Dublin City Centre with too much to do type spot, if you get me. And though you come away knowing you it is the place where fairy tales are made, in reality we and you both know you saw very little outside of Joe Watty’s pub and your accommodation. In short, it is the people that make the island so fantastically beautiful.

Instant Garden: Malahide, Co. Dublin

instant lawn, dublin

This lawn was laid as part of a garden project that really is so much more than just lawn. I’ll maybe cover that in a seperate post in a while, after the finishing touches have been added. You’ll absolutely love it ;)

And whilst Donegan Landscaping should be showing (and also is… if you get me) only the finest sides of my work, there is something in my mind that just loves that extreme metamorphosis from almost waste ground appearance overgrown with weeds to homely, in one 7 second video…. it almost looks good enough to eat.

Dublin Landscaping: Natural Sandstone and Granite Cobble Patio

sandstone granite patio (2)

I’ve always said that there’s a big difference between owning a lovely house and having a lovely home. In the context of this patio it was so perfectly well thought out that it’s addition to the rear of the house very simply extended that homely feel by another 15 square metres.

Measuring 3 by 5, it is large enough to cater for a full on Donegan sized family gathering (I have 7 siblings) without looking like just another big patio area of stone. What’s more, and though it is kind of hard to put into words…. in this case it very simply, fits.

What makes it for me [?],

Landscaping: Small Contemporary Garden Makeover

small garden landscaping ireland

There are two main factors that make any garden really something to be really proud of. And though it does play a role, if you are thinking that it’s the budget then I’m afraid you are somewhat mistaken.

The main culprits are in fact one really cool client [I hate that word...] and an end result that is an interpretation photsynthetically speaking, so to speak, of what the client actually wants.

Planters: Two Spots Café. Swords, Co. Dublin

garden planters dublin

It was absolutely lashing out of the heavens when I put these planters together for Aoife at Two Spots Café in Swords and whilst our Irish rain [it's wetter than you think....] might get some a little down, one really has to give credit and take some inspiration from any business that tries to make their punters smile that little greater amid the January blues.

Hand made with aged, rustic if you will timber, painted and branded; I decided upon a hand picked select choice of [not bedding] plants that would last the full year through, throwing out a trickle of colour as the seasons pass. Bearing in mind, this being the starting month of the year, one can gather [see image above] they have yet to show their true colours, if you’ll pardon the cliché.