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Landscaping: Back Garden. Knocklyon, Dublin

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Like that delightful fellow you played football with in school who never got the concept of passing the ball, ever… in gardens, it is sometimes the oversized patio that can claim all the glory and very simply stand out for all of the very wrong reasons. And what that leaves behind, is 10 other guys standing there with their hands on their hips wondering why on Gods earth they even got togged out in the first place.

Garden analagy translated, what you should take from this garden at first glance is that there is no ‘lovely or very large individual big player. It’s more an overall feeling of a great home and or a great garden, and it all just seems to fit.

That and that feeling, behind the scenes in part comes down to proportion; the distances between each sector and within each, that they also sit very happily with each other.

Equally as important is that the calculations should only ever equate [to you] to ‘I love staying longer than I should’ in that [or this] garden. A little like Muddy Waters singing 24 Hours. And though I love listening to that song with my eyes closed, I’ll never type the sheet music into a calculator and press the square root button, if you get me.

Enter the obligatory before Peter got his hands on it picture.


Along the way there were a few minor changes and a budget that had to be adhered to. And in the creativity department it was very much down to a who’s who of a hand-picked planting list, a very tasty stone and stone finish with nigh on zero cuts; and the finest Client, I hate that word, money could buy.

The latter if I’m very honest, is what makes the better gardens become just that and there is nothing that can beat it when both minds want the end result to be the absolute best it can be.

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On a mildly selfish note, maybe, I really am blessed that I get to to what I do for a living. And fair to say it would be churlish of me to call it work.

This garden project also included the front garden/ driveway. I’ll post that bit seperately when I get a little time next week.

In the meantime, Q’s or thoughts [?] leave a comment below or drop me a line.

Peter Donegan:

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