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kindredspirit
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:27 pm    Post subject: I'm a bit rude. I never said "Hello." Reply with quote

Sorry about that.

Based in County Limerick, heavy clay soil; just started to do "proper" gardening at the beginning of last year.

Overall objective No. 1. NO lawns. Lawns are artifical and I don't want to waste years of my life mowing grass. And anyway, I'm into boating, classic cars and way-walking so time is very limited.

So, the back garden has been made into a pond area and I'm halfway through planting this area.

The front garden is being changed into a "pavement" area. Something like the Burren but made of chunks of red sandstone. Not sure how this will turn out as I can't get the size of stones that I wanted. It's a bit adventurous but we'll see how we go. When the laying of the pavement rocks are finished, I'll have to wait about six months before planting to ensure that the whole area is weed free.

Thanks very much to all the people who have given me advice with the pond. (Actually all the pondside areas have turned out to be extremely dry instead of moist as the dry earth area beneath the pond sucks up all the rainwater that falls on the planted sides.)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to Irish Gardeners.

Good to see a fellow Limerick Gardener here.
Not a fan of lawns my self never saw the point of growing grass and then cutting it and throwing it away.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Belfast wrote:
Welcome to Irish Gardeners.

Good to see a fellow Limerick Gardener here.
Not a fan of lawns my self never saw the point of growing grass and then cutting it and throwing it away.


Just in case, I came over as too severe on lawns and upset some people, I can appreciate a beautifully striped and manicured lawn but I personally prefer a more natural look, in tune more with nature.

I'm also not keen on topiary and formal gardens (but that's me! ). Will post up pics of the construction of our "pavement" (for want of a better word) type front garden in a couple of days.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Kindred Spirit,

Im with you on the grass, hate the stuff, handy for the dogs though.
The only thing is its covering the area nicely now for the moment, while we can tackle section by section.

Would love to see some pictures of your pond, as we have just finished ours
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

barremic wrote:
Welcome Kindred Spirit,

Im with you on the grass, hate the stuff, handy for the dogs though.
The only thing is its covering the area nicely now for the moment, while we can tackle section by section.

Would love to see some pictures of your pond, as we have just finished ours


Post up some pictures of yours and I'll put up a link to pics of ours.

Very interested in seeing how other people have tackled their pond construction and design. And, what they've put into the pond.

The most "interesting" plant I have in the pond at the moment is purple loosestrife. I'm waiting to see how it turns out.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I updated some pictures on this thread, hope you like

http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=12216#12216
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

barremic wrote:
I updated some pictures on this thread, hope you like

http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=12216#12216


That's lovely. I like the "Spanish" tiles. Will you be putting a pergola type shade over the pond for the koi?

Here's our pond. Not finished yet but getting there.

http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about1885.html

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

exactly, we will hopefully be building the pergola in the next month or two, and we will then look at paving the area too, to finish it off.

Its quite deep, and we have it netted for the moment, as i have lost fish to the dreaded heron before, and he arrived last saturday morning while i ws stitting there. Doesnt take them long to find a pond.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there and Welcome.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PennyG wrote:
Hi there and Welcome.


Thanks.

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