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Bloom 2007 – The Morris Minor Garden

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No Rubber Soul. Silver Medal Winner. My Garden for Bloom 2007.

I love this garden. I really do. I had no sponsor. I was advised not to do it. Nobody knew what Bloom was really and although I had won awards for garden design and landscaping, this was my first *show* garden. I don’t even think I knew what a weblog was when I did this garden so there really doesn’t exist that many photographs of  ‘No rubber- soul’ the garden. For some reason or another it became know as the Car-Den. Enjoy!

Peter Donegans garden design ‘No Rubber- Soul’ won silver in the large garden category in the inaugural year of Bloom in the Phoenix Park Friday 1st June 2007. During the 20 day deadline over 1,500 plants; 50 square metres of rolled lawn; 4 tonne of recycled compost; 5 tonnes of recycled bark chippings; 6 tonnes of recycled tree stumps one 1965 morris minor and an outdoor flat screen television.

Despite the rainfall over the bank holiday weekend over 50,000 people still flocked to see the unsponsored garden. No decking, no paving, no additives or preservatives…. Imagine sitting within two thirds of a 1965 Morris Minor, watching the television, smokes plumes through the front grill of your car and you sit back and watch nature and plant life grow around you. This is the garden that has no rubber but lots of soul. Built from 100% recycled and/ or recyclable products. Take a trip back to 1965 when men used shovels and gardens had soul.

Built to commemorate the many Irish men with initially, great intentions who promise to restore and rebuild projects but sometimes are never fully completed; it has been slightly adapted to via audio visual equipment to become an entertainment area of sorts and it should give the appearance that whilst unwillingly forgotten, the life of the garden continued to flourish around it.

….and of course there was this. genius.

Also:

what to do with that old dead tree…

I had seen this somewhere before… anyhow. If you are bored & need a little….

there ye are luv, sure that looks grand now… wha’ ?

….a little perking up, so to speak then this is for you. If the tree is dead, painting it a *wild* colour does 3 things….

  • it saves you the cost & time of cutting it down
  • uses up some of that old paint in the shed
  • most important –  it really does makes people smile

Just make sure and use an outdoor paint for wood…. that’s what trees are made of & and if you don’t like it after you paint it you can always chop it down ….. Go on go wild this weekend… you know you want to 😆

ps: i waited ’til her indoors was gone to do the shopping and put the music up quite loud….. great fun…. while it lasted!!

oooh almost forgot….. eh? this….. click it!!Reblog this post [with Zemanta]

my green odds & ends

I done a few varying lists in the past from top posts to things to do and from Valentines to things to make you happy. Over the last while I have collated a new set and I think it’s about time?

first up courtesy Jessi Mannerings blogcrumbs blog

case of beer seed tray

case of beer seed tray

re cycle charge your phone – with pedal and power – love it 😆

national tree week – March 1st -7th – go on!

build your own breadoven [call the guy!] via irish alotments

fire!!! these water features rock – literally

via cheapeats.ie – green grannies

use a plastic bag & get 5 years in jail – via eco childs play

ecobaby – compostable –  nappies made from wood pulp? or just use a towel and a big pin like my mammy used to 😆

guarantee a green ireland – buy as local as possible, buy irish & give back the packaging…. and finally…..

this is absolutely amazing… watch it very carefully

electric week-ends with friends

It had been organised to tweet meet-up at the pink boat at the stradbally festival. And it happened. Myself, MaryroseDavid, Frankiep, Ciara, Debbie and some extra added friends joined to kick off the celebrations.

The boat joining the picnic really started online via Rick and it was very appropriate that its new berth was celebrated by some of those who [online] had been involved along the way.

Of course it has a home for life now and to all [you know who you are] I thank you – from my heart.

This is a gardening weblog of course. And the deal has always been if its greenie or related to my business  it goes in. So I wont do a review of The amazing Stunning or The Sex Pistols. But, to say I was proud, was an understatement. I was also so very honoured that this could be shared with others in my life. To those who I met at The Picnic, who sang, laughed and shared time with – thank you all. It was an honour.

Now all thats left to do I suppose is walk away….

pink boats & the rick o shea

pink boat & the rick o'shea show

I will be forever & eternally greatful to Rick and his team for all they did for me & completing the pink boats journey. At the time, I did promise to publish a [massively] reduced top 10 list of those who offered to take the boat.

As you all know by now the boat is now part of the art trail in Electric Picnic.

… I tell you boys it’s harder than it looks but it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll

In the meantime I thank you all again, from my heart, but the deal was always the most fitting home and I feel it has found it. This post explains it best [click here]. For the moment I leave you with the top 10. Slán, beannacht agus arís go raibh míle maith agaibh.

1]Electric Picnic:
2] Interested to buy boat. Ann Marie
3]Texter says her brother would love the boat for his garden at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains
4]Texter says he’s interested in the boat to put on display in Arklow town.
5]Sister getting married next month and would love boat for the reception which can be held in garden.
6]Gary has 23 acre farm. …who said he would restore it.
7]Mark interested in it as a rememberance boat for all who lost their lives off Hook Head.
8]Greg runs a Safari Park in Mullingar. Theres a lake with an island on it iand that’s where he’d place the boat.
9]Mickey from Cahir wants boat
10]Lochlain would give boat good home on the Riverbank Restaurant and pub in Co.Monaghan