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Urban Garden brightens up Smithfield

The previous article may explain why I got involved in urban garden [click here for previous article] … but I think you’ll find Mary Wier of [and] Dublin City Council organised a day that held in store a lot more than just a good looking horticulturist […that’d be me by the way]. The day really did make a difference.

We do need to make an effort to green up ‘our’ spaces.

I hope you enjoyed it and more importantly I hope ‘you’ took something home with you from the day [apart from a big smile] that will help you green up ‘your’ space.

Allium Rosenbachianum

allium rosenbachianum - peter donegan file

This allium, also a member of the alliaceae/ lilliaceae family, the same as kitchen garlic [allium sativum] is probably my favourite bulb.

My favourite variety is this and of course Allium globemaster – mainly because of its yellow centre spot on a mre purple flower; akin to that of the solanum crispum glasnevin.

These guys do cost a little more han your average daffodil but well worth it and amazing as a cut flower on its own.

The stems of these guys can grow up to about 24″ tall upon which a 4″ diameter head sits on top.

I still look at it to this day and wonder ‘how on earth can your sister be stinking garlic… ?!!’. How inspiational life can be from such a breathtaking little piece of natures finest beauty. A fine specimen and well deserved of entry in my favourite plants list.

unusual lighting for a garden…

street lighting man o\'connell street

…. well it’s O’Connell Street actually and it needed a little inspiration. Congrats should go to Dublin City Council for this. Not only does the tree planting on O’Connell Street genuinely make a difference…quite beautiful actually [and award winning]; they’ve since gone and allowed these guys to brighten up the street at night. There is a female one that I remember but my camera batteries ran out [sorry ladies].

It must be said that anything that makes one smile is worth a round of applause. Bulaidh bós agus go raibh míle maith agaibh. I mo thuraim, tá sé go hana dheas ar fad! Well done the City Councillors.

Amazing what simplicities in life arouse inspiration.
Life is good!

[Plant] Life – simply breath taking!

Rapeseed (Brassica napus) - inspiration in a field - peter donegan garden design

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I awoke this morning to walk the dogs before going to the boatshow in Malahide with Aido [and the his two well mannered youngsters] to meet with Gene, another gentleman and associate. The weather was beautiful, the day simply amazing and the people I met just added to the brilliance.

This field of Brassicae napus [rapeseed oil], opposite my house could only make life quite inspirational and I must say added a somewhat breath taking smile! Amazing!

inspirational thoughts

christopher columbus

christopher columbus

whilst the weather maybe a little rough in North Dublin today; trawling through a mountain of reference books seeking a solution to mindful serenity for a show garden design…. [ie. there is no problem just at the moment it doesn’t sit right, in my imagination] I stubled across this photograph of Christoper Columbus.

On the back I had written a quote by spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno; ‘Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible.’

Sometimes attempting what can be only by some considered absurd in landscape design is frowned upon and laughed at…. when in fact it may also be considered genius. Will some laugh, nee be critical of my next design? or will it merit applause and acclaim…… ? Does it matter?

absurd adj obviously senseless or illogical; ridiculous [collins dictionary english]