flowers are driving me mad – again ?!

flowers - driving me mad?!

flowers - driving me mad?!

No Rubber Soul the garden I built in June for Bloom in the park was different? But I found this under the title ten reasons to go green via another really good ‘greener’ blog both of which are worth a dabble.

Happy Saturday and lets just hope Ireland do better than last week in the rugby today? have  a great weekend and enjoy!

peter

Building a garden in South Africa

garden of hope site...

garden of hope site...

Part of november will see myself and 45 others and some colleagues of mine] travel to south africa to build a garden with the Niall Mellon trust.

NB: just to clarify – the garden was designed and the build fully organised by Dominic Loughran, his garden of hope team & The Niall Mellon Township Trust.

The sponsorship for this will be paid by Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd. Turns out the boss ain’t so bad after all. Further information is available here.

UPDATE:

The garden of hope project team have set up a weblog. If you’d like to donate tools or anything you think might be useful, make yourself famous. [when I say donate tools I dont mean in the Irish sense and post over people you don’t like]. Whilst the sponsorship/ costs for my trip have been paid by the boss I am informed that people can still give away their hard earned dollars free of charge. If your loaded and reading this you probably don’t have a shovel or know how to get it started so go ahead make yourself feel better.

My original post, on my website said 25 people, this one says 45 – I’m reliably informed it’s over 60 people involved. To those of you who have given a few bob on my behalf – It’s so much appreciated, [check comment from Dominic below] I’m very proud. The pic above is the site we will develop in one week.

Slan go foill agus go raibh míle maith agaibh.

peter

10 things you did not know about peter donegan landscaping ltd…

peter donegan, aidan cotter, trevor sargeant

1. On setting up Peter organized six to nine months credit with four main suppliers; his accountant, a plants nursery, an agrochemical suppliers and a farm supplies shop.
2. Peter borrowed the tools for his first Job from a friend of his, a civil engineer.
3. Peter is the oldest employee at 31 years old. The youngest is 19 years old. The average employee age is 25 years old. On average Peter has lost one permanent employee per 2 years & 3 months. There are 9 full time employees all have studied horticulture except one [19 years old] who will finish studying this June and Sara [Office Manager computer degree]
4. Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd was nominated for best new business award in 2001 by The Fingal Chamber of Commerce. The award was eventually given to a subsidiary of an Post. This year saw the company shortlisted for the Chamber Environment Award – the award was eventually given to Murphy Environmental & Mc Donalds.
5. To heat the office Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd uses briquettes made from recycled office paper; wood and timber from various garden projects. Envelopes are reused and sent back with a sticker saying ‘save a tree – recycle an envelope’
6. The first article printed about Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd was in March 2004 in the Irish Entrepreneur entitled ‘Getting Dirty’.
7. Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd is to be nominated for the Barr 50 awards – The top 50companies to operate their business through use of the Irish language. Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd is the first horticultural related website to be translated into Irish according to Foras na Gaeilge. The award is to be presented on Friday June 1st, the opening day of Bloom.
8. Sponsored by the company, Peter will travel to South Africa this November to build a garden for the Neill Melon trust.
9. The garden No Rubber – Soul is still without a main sponsor.
10. The prototype [blue car] was built because people thought Peter was ‘off his rocker’ and couldn’t see what he was trying to achieve. This is not the car that will be used in the show.

[correct at time of going to print May 2007]

DID YOU KNOW…
Garden n 1 Brit an area of land usually next to a house,
for growing flowers, fruit, or vegetables. 2 Also: gardens
a cultivated area of land open to the public

10 things you did not know about…

10 things you didnt know about …. . It sounds slightly unusual but – funnily enough these are the question [yes it is true] that I am asked so many, many times and that is how I drew up this list!

  1. My vinyl record collection includes the Beatles album ‘Rubber Soul’ in mono.
  2. I own a red MG BGT 1978 and am a member of the Fingal Vintage Car Club.
  3. At 7 years old I was growing plants under my bed.
  4. His Mom made bring his plants to a local Marist Brothers college where in exchange for housing his plants he helped look after the college grounds.
  5. Peter is from a family of 10 – four boys and four girls.
  6. The first vegetables Peter ever grew where radish & lettuce in his back garden. His first plants where Geraniums & Cacti under his bed.
  7. At eight years old he started to cut grass. Pocket money for 8 children was an expensive hobby!
  8. His Father is MD of James Adams Vintners Ltd, wine merchants & his oldest brother is MD of Willowpark Contractors Ltd.
  9. Prior to Peter, no member of the family tree liked the garden!
  10. When Peter eventually sold his first car grass was growing on the back seats – a lawnmower was given away free with the poor Citroen AX to seal the deal