how to look green…. doing very little

***the video works, the screen just appears funny – press play & enjoy 😉

I was sitting in my back garden having coffee with Thomas from Irish Allotments

I had been showing him the video that Dave from 98fm did for me. Dave and I got talking last week and I was asking how does one make these cheesy video’s 😉

With Tom at the helm, I took out the N95 [yes a telephone 😉 ] and we gave it a whirl….

The garden advice is very solid and quite logic…. that said, talk about having fun in the garden. 😆 sound advice all the same !

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they think it’s all over…. bloom ’08

remember the pink boat travelling across the M50 [click here] the video that was made by genius Colin from Irish Video’s…..

You would have thought that was the end of of it… yesterday evening I arrive home and check the emailage…. this video was in there…

Have a look and let me know what you think….

Personally, I think Colin [and his team at Irish Video] is a genius. And as I have had the pleasure of having coffee with him…. a really nice guy. Thanks Colin 😉 Talk about tears in my eyes…. this was a toughie to watch… I think it shows. This would have been recorded at 5 – 6 pm approx on the final day, the Monday evening….


i should have mentioned that Colin did both of the video’s a favour to another friend and I had never met him before this…. that inculded a 4pm – 1am record of the boat loading…. a 3am-8am depart & delivery to the park and**** arriving in on the final day to do this little interview….. That is pure genius 😉

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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?

2008, a good year…?

Another year over and what can I say?!! In short 2008 was the greatest roller coaster of a year since I first set up Donegan Landscaping over 8 years ago now. We had some really great,challenging and exciting projects to work on and that of course is down to really amazing Clients. I thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart. For the gardens created –  you, your thanks and your smiles is what made it all so much more worth while. You have all been brilliant.

looking back...

looking back...

Of course outside of that Bloom was only one of the contenders to steal the limelight. What started as a child like dream became a reality. And so the rollercoaster began 😉 Sponsorship was in place, designs were accepted and with weeks to spare… our sponsors decided not to. Par for the course I suppose. It did leave me in a slight pickle and with a very large boat in place already – I decided to go for it. Less so much money – medals were not on the menu. To complete a garden was. The response was overwhelming. And with a theme of recycling in mind, I ended up with a very different dilemma… That of finding a new home for a very large boat. It is here I must thank everyone who helped and also Rick and the 2fm team. Of course the finalé is what brought tears to my eyes. I am so very blessed for the friends I have.

After catching my breath… and to an extreme of sorts, possibly, it was next to the award winning gardens of Brackenstown house that would be opened to the public for the first time for an international sculpt exhibition. To pardon the cliché – no stone was to be left unturned. It was amazing. I know they are not my gardens – but – for the pure poetry that they are, I am so proud to say I wish they were mine 🙂

You may think it would end there. But it doesn’t. Quite recently I returned to South Africa with the Niall Mellon Township Trust. Once again it was a life changing experience. As I have said before all things ‘Peter Donegan’ went right out the window. I was one of over 2,000 people and I was part of a team. I was there to build gardens. I loved every second. It put life correctly inperspective. If I ever thought I had anything to complain about – I was wrong. Life has a new [and correct] meaning.

With that in mind, I think it is only appropriate that I sign off in exactly the same way as I did last year….

2008…. A good year? on one hand no business is ever an easy journey I suppose… but for the people I have had the pleasure to shake hands with this year; for those who stood taller by my side [DG/GC/DK] when life threw and odd one my way…one should really say it was a great year.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh. Nollaig Shona duit. Slán agus beannacht.

Reeling In The Years – The Morris Minor Car Garden

I was searching through some old emails and stumbled across this….

With special thanks to Paddy for what was one day to get this done… at the time [and still] it was so much appreciated. A great song and tells the No rubber Soul story story so well. Read the full story here.