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artalis
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:18 am    Post subject: Hi from Balbriggan Reply with quote

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Hi all and glad to be here.

My name is Alison and I have a small town garden, located about 400 metres from the Irish sea in Balbriggan, with attractive sea and castle views. It is a in a new house, so the garden was a blank canvas, when I arrived, except for some patchy grass and builder's debris. The location and size of the garden has been a challenge that I have enjoyed approaching.

The first thing I did, when I moved in was to was plant an Alison Blackman phormium in the very exposed front garden before I had a penny for furniture or carpets etc. 5 years on my love affair with the garden has continued, and although the garden is small in size, it is my seaside oasis. The phormium is about 9ft tall now and still growing, he he. but is now transplanted in the back garden...yet that is another story.

I hope to have a good time chatting here with other garden enthusiasts...sharing garden pleasures and challenges....

I have only been gardening for 5 yrs so have alot to learn, but I do my own digging, design and planting. I would like to expand my experience and knowledge to other areas, like grafting and propagation as I find the time and resources. So I hope to get posting soon and look forward to chatting here with you Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Alison alias artalis



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:12 pm    Post subject: Let's hear it for Balbriggan Reply with quote

Hi Alison
If I'm right Frank Carson may still be the Mayor of your adopted Balbriggan where I spent many happy days. You are technically a Fingallian now (as I was growing up in Lusk and going to school in Skerries, the sisters went to Loreto) and you are hugely welcome to this motley crew. Hang around. This site is a gardeners "alladin's cave" and get used to using the self-contained google facility which searches the site itself. It's only moighty. What I'd give to be cycling the Black Hills and trying to climb Barnageeragh to the Ardgillan entrance. Give the Lady Stair a wave for me as you pass under it by treain bus car or bike. have you ever followed the steps down to the shore there?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Alison, welcome to the forum, it sounds like you will have lots of advice to dispense to us all....lovely part of the world you are in too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Let's hear it for Balbriggan Reply with quote

walltoall wrote:
Hi Alison
If I'm right Frank Carson may still be the Mayor of your adopted Balbriggan where I spent many happy days. You are technically a Fingallian now (as I was growing up in Lusk and going to school in Skerries, the sisters went to Loreto) and you are hugely welcome to this motley crew. Hang around. This site is a gardeners "alladin's cave" and get used to using the self-contained google facility which searches the site itself. It's only moighty. What I'd give to be cycling the Black Hills and trying to climb Barnageeragh to the Ardgillan entrance. Give the Lady Stair a wave for me as you pass under it by treain bus car or bike. have you ever followed the steps down to the shore there?
SW
Hi, and tanx for your welcome.
Hi walltoal,
Yep, I have wondered the coastal route along with my lovely dog, "Jewel," who is a retired greyhound, to the beach by Lady's stairs. It's a fair walk from the house mind, but the beach there has it's own charming reward. It is so secluded, except for a horse rider sometimes. Ardgillan is as gorgeous as ever.
Most probably Fingal, practically Meath but still call it Dublin, ha ha....for all that.
The Skerries races are on tomorrow, so hubby and I will probably ride our motorbikes over and take a trip along the very windy coastal roads that take us there.......but I don't think Frankie baby will be there.

Looking forward to getting to know you Cool
Alison

p.s. Just added a view of Balbriggan lighthouse taken recently.



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sive wrote:
Hi Alison, welcome to the forum, it sounds like you will have lots of advice to dispense to us all....lovely part of the world you are in too.


Hi Sive and thanks for the welcome.

Just sitting, enjoying a cuppa and biscuit, next to my blooming balcony petunias, three floors up. There is a light breeze, it is a quiet eve. by the coast and it is lovely.

Will be looking for advice more than likely. The little I know has been gleaned from hands on experience in my own back yard. Even so I will be happy to share anything of interest.

hope to chat again here on the forum,
artalis ( Alison)
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