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Irish Mail On Sunday 23rd May 2010

Yesterday, Eugene Higgins of The Irish Mail On Sunday did a great Piece on The Garden Group with the tagline How a Bloom maverick is taking bloggers on tours of our ‘secret’ gardens and titled it A www.walk on the wild side

The main picture is of Dena [@curlydena], Mom Vena [@VenaW] and Dad Andrew Walker. [And to think I spent so long brushing my hair that day 😀 ] The other two images are courtesy Jennifer Farley Photography [@laughing_lion]. I’ve asked Eugene for the main text of the piece and will post it below as soon as I get it. For now…..

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Irish Independent March 3rd 2010

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Wednesday 3rd March was a nice day. I’d had a really great chat with Susan Daly over the phone last week and awoke to a clatter of texts and messages all singing Carly Simon on the answering machine 😉 Great to have humorous friends…

I must say it is a great article. Extremely well written by Susan and it was an absolute honour to speak with her. One of life’s really nice people.

For those that didn’t get to do so, one can read the article in full here. Apart from a sexy gardener erm….. 😆 also featured are two more of lifes really nice people kieran Murphy and Pat O’Mahony.

Thanks also to John Mc Williams for the photograph used above.

‘People ask why I don’t charge for my expertise — where’s the fun in that?

Wednesday March 03 2010

“I’m not stupid with the euro in my pocket, but some of the things I most enjoy I do for free. “Recently I took a group of people around the war memorial gardens in Islandbridge. “My wife made country apple pie and we had coffee in flasks, and we have another trip coming up to Ireland’s Eye. “But what people kept bouncing back to me afterwards was: Why didn’t you charge for it?

“I don’t get that. I competed at the Irish Conker Championships last year just for fun. “It’s like I won’t put a shop on my blog (doneganlandscaping.com), because that’s not why I do it.

“I’d say 50pc of the phone calls I get are for free gardening advice, and I’ve been on the garden side of things on the Niall Mellon trips. “I’m going to sound like a martyr, but for me, it’s just not the point of life to always have to tie in everything you do to paying the bills.”

Suggestions for 2010….?

The year 2009 [go take a look and come back….] saw me take on a very varying range of what some may call challenges. I’m wondering if 2010 will prove as much a challenge….?

Now is your chance to recommend, suggest or get in touch. Whether it be in the form of a landscape project, an event, writing, radio or even just something that you feel should be covered on the weblog….. or the garden group should visit

How to:

  • Leave a comment below
  • email info [at] doneganlandscaping [dot] com
  • or get in contact
  • or drop around for a decent cup of coffee
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Top Statistics For Donegan Landscaping In 2009

peter donegan

The statistics below do not refer to my website. They only refer to the weblog. The weblog uses wordpress stats.

  • The website itself averages over 2,500 hits per day as a by the way, so I’m told. I’m sure this can be checked out and corrected if necessary.
  • The busiest day on the weblog for reads of one article in 2009 was Tuesday September 9th with 1,412 reads of one article. The busiest month was May with near 10,000 reads of articles.
  • At the time of writing this post, this year I have done 37 horticultural related reviews on loudervoice
  • You viewed over 20,000 of my photographs over on Pix.ie in 2009. But the picture with the most views was:
the pig

the pig

  • The top 10 blog referrers for 2009 were:
  1. doneganlandscaping.com
  2. twitter.com
  3. google.com
  4. patphelan.net
  5. stumbleupon.com
  6. bocktherobber.com
  7. rickoshea.wordpress.com
  8. facebook.com
  9. badscience.net
  10. loudervoice.com

The Top 10 Links clicked for 2009 were:

  1. doneganlandscaping.com
  2. doneganlandscaping.com/about
  3. doneganlandscaping.com/awards
  4. doneganlandscaping.com/contact
  5. twitter.com/doneganland
  6. feeds.feedburner.com/doneganlandscapi…
  7. niallh.com/richard-corrigan-disgrace
  8. pix.ie/peterdonegan
  9. awards.ie/blogawards
  10. loudervoice.com

The most viewed video was:

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silicon republic… technology for a gardener #9

The entire list of companies for ‘technology for a gardener’ is/will be here.

...and gadget republic

...and gadget republic

This is piece #9. This is Silicon Republic.

Silicon republic in my eyes like a who’s who sort of what’s what online publication of anything technical related. It is the Reuters of the techie industry so to speak. If there was ever anything I wanted to use, buy or try…. this is where I search first. Put very simply, if it ever had a 3 pin plug stuck to it or its not an abacus…. you’ll find it first at Silicon Republic.

With an average of over 81,000 unique visitors and 150,000 page views a month this is what they say:

Siliconrepublic.com is Ireland’s leading website for IT and business decision makers. Along with its sister publications, Knowledge Ireland, e-Thursday and Digital Ireland, Siliconrepublic.com provides a critical forum for decision makers that rely on our individual mix of news, views, comment and analysis to stay informed of strategic tech industry developments and to ensure their company is making the right business and technology decisions.

Thursday 26th February [yes a while ago now…] 2009 saw Silicon Republic writer Marie Boran review The Donegan Landscaping website/ blog. A long with 3 others here’s what she had to say:

This week we take a look at some of the best business blogs from around the country. Being an internet-savvy businessperson doesn’t just mean visibility for your product or service – it also means engaging with customers and potential customers in a way that grows trust for you and your brand.

Peter Donegan landscaping

Peter Donegan

While the aforementioned blogs are good examples of tech-related firms connecting through their blogs, it’s vital to see other sectors get involved.

With his gardening blog, Peter Donegan is a well-known personality on the Irish blogging scene. He says he’s no “techie genius”, yet his dedication to an online audience proves that even the tech-shy should embrace this medium for their business.

you can read the full review at the Gadget Republic Website or at the irish independent blog digest. Three other blogs were reviewed and well worth a visit. They were Niall Larkins BlogeWrite by Gordon Murray and Jason Roes Blog.

What more can I say…. go take a look for yourself and let me know what you think.