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Garden Gallery

There are many gardens I have created and designed over the last, more than 10 years now. These are just some of the images that may help in giving you an idea of just what kind of possibilities exist with your great outdoors.

recycle a garden giveaway #2

as free as the sky light

as free as the sky light

The last time I did a garden giveaway…. this is what happened – click here

This time its a little different…

  • lettuce plants in plug trays about 15
  • cobble stones varying sizes and colours about 170
  • and i might even throw in some fresh eggs
  • oh and i’ve got a draftsmans drawing table as well [not in video]

to contact me…. dm me on twitter – first come [to collect] first served 🙂

ps the best things in life are free

UPDATE:

The free stuff is gone! I got a message on twitter

the-strangest-thing....

the-strangest-thing....

So ‘the lady’ is the wife of a George Foxe. A really cool guy I used be best mates in school with… Hadn’t seen him since I left and I was about 16 … I then met George about 8 years ago in skerries in a pub I very randomly chose to pop into. I haven’t seen him since 😯

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the most amazing water feature…

This video[s] was taken about 5 years ago now, a good while ago now… but I’ve only gotten around to uploading recently.

It’s a natural piece of sand stone with a hole bore straight through. A light is then placed below water level. It contains a resevoir below the surface which recycles on that water. The resevoirs are a great idea because it means there’s no plumbing required to the water feature itself. It also means you can use the water from your rain water harvesting butts! More than that it means they are very child and pet friendly.

The videos explain it better than any words could. let me know what you think…Funny thing possibly, but, the amount of people who knocked on the door to tell me there was a fire in my garden was un-natural… 😆 what do you think?

Hard Landscaping & Small Spaces

pebble and paving...

The key to landscaping small spaces is that the final result, when complete, gives the feel of a brighter, airy & open space. It is to give the eye more than a ‘oh that’s nice’ and a walk on effect. It is to give, even in the smallest of spaces, a visual journey.

The second key is that it is contains the functional aspects and also with that in mind that aesthetically the finished garden style suits. In the case above a front garden with an allowance for an extra car parking space was to be given, without making the garden stand out for the wrong reason. It may not win awards – but it doesn’t look out of place for the wrong reason and also [very important] it fitted the clients budget.

We could have hard surfaced the entire front garden… but there are considerations however with regard to being a little greener; specifically with regard to paving and moreso with regard to front gardens. [This has recently been written about by Ros Drinkwater in the Sunday Business Post.] But, consideration to this really should be given anyway. The answer is possibly to do a mix of the the two and/ or to just go without the hardened surface. That aside – a concrete jungle, simply put, would have looked wrong.

Of course the alternate is a mix of the two. This allows for the drainage of water within that area, assuming that the preparations beneath allow for the dissipation of water through it. In the case above it also allowed that the dark pavings were given a little something to brighten up what could have become a very dark space. For that reason a bright gold pebble was used.

This does not mean of course that no one hardened surface can be given. it is simply a solution to low maintenance gardens and gardening; to small garden designs; to poor draining gardens and at the same time considering the environment. It is a possible alternate solution to hardened surfaces.