Gardens by Peter Donegan, Landscaping Dublin, Ireland

Back Garden Landscaping, Fingal, Dublin

It’s a funny one with landscaping small-er spaces. Because I guess, from a personal perspective; and I know, that it may sound a little selfish, but you essentially end up with one visual of an end result.

In this case, on the one part that comes partly down to client brief. The other reason is that it is down to not so much size, but more the dimensions of the new to be garden and that is something I cannot change. Here however there was an added whammy or a deduction to be taken from the budget.

Because prior to my getting there the space inherited was a grey, gley, bland wilderness of a deforestation programme that had then evolved in to something really terribly horrible, horticulturally. Is that even even correct english ? I wanted to scream very, very quietly at the ‘soil’. Or use a kango hammer on it. Riddled with Ash tree stumplings; all covered over with a sprinkling of grey slate shale, just in case you needed a little more inspiration in life. It was a garden according to the client in which they [quote] had never sat at their own patio table and chairs.

The story does get better….

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Back Garden Landscaping: Balydoyle, Dublin

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I first met and landscaped this garden way back in January 2009. It was at that time, fair to say a very blank space pre my getting there. Fast track almost 7 years forward to present day and you might be surprised to hear that another garden makeover has just been given. Again. By yours truly. Or, you might not.

What had happened in the meantime was that life itself had changed. Things change. Like Love Me Do to I Am The Walrus. It happens. Something also I referenced re my own gardens metamorphosis when I spoke at Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Garden Festival last year.

The before and after video below explains things a little better.
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Back Garden Landscaping. Swords, Dublin.

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It’s kind of hard to explain the actual how an unbuilt garden picture [see before pic/ vid] in my head type dream becomes a real space that is something of the now present, great or better.

And, more often here I analogise that to falling or being in love, because essentially the [your] garden is a place or space that makes you feel something, of which you smiling as a minimum should be, the end result.

Before I get to where I’m going, go see the before works started image/ video below. Read more

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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Patio Choices: Travertine

I absolutely love this stone. And it is without question probably the sexiest stone I have ever worked with. Asked to describe it, my slightly oddball to some head told it as such:

It’s like walking into a room and your old school long-haired never grew out of the seventies mate is there. In my heart I am still him. But not unlike Samson, I got my hair cut. Anyhow, he’s sitting in a mildly disheveled armchair wearing a pair of ripped jeans and a Led Zep t-shirt. The Stones are playing on vinyl in the background and a he’s supping a drop of Middleton Very Rare from a crystal tumbler he acquired from his local tavern. And whether or not you would like it to be something different, you and I both know, he [or it, the paving, in this case] has got that little bit of class some quite simply can only ever hope to achieve. You know it. I know it. And he couldn’t give a sh** either way. Legend.

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