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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:35 pm    Post subject: Lost Garden of Derrykyle Reply with quote

Here are another couple of photos of a house I'm buying near Rossaveal in Connemara, I cant wait to get the keys and start work on the place.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning ! Good luck with the move....you'll certainly be kept busy with all that garden.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoever did the landscaping was very, very good.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a beautiful place. I would love to be working in that garden, so many possibilities. Don't suppose you want to swap for a small suburban garden on the east coast!! (only joking) All the best with the move and I am looking forward to seeing how your garden grows.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 9:57 pm    Post subject: Lost Garden of Derrykyle Reply with quote

Magnificant garden. (I'm just back from the Lost Garden of Helligan which looks like it might have started out like yours. lol)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

robineire, that is a really wonderful garden.
Your thread should have been called "Found a garden.!"

Please do not be too hasty to do anything to your paradise.
Just wait and watch. Mow grass, dead head and wait.
There may be all sorts of spring bulbs which will appear in 2012.

Enjoy.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second that silver surfer. At least a year of watching waiting enjoying discovering. Then if a lily be found consider whether to gild it. It looks like a magic garden

Bi áthas ort a Robineire d'réir do gairdín. Lig do scith agus bain áthas as bheith ag féacaint ar an grian ag éiri agus an féir ag fás ar dhuis. Tá glór i'd'gort agat.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow that is a stunningly beautiful garden

i know i shouldn't be wishing time awy and i know gardening is a journey and a process, but when i look out at my 'blank canvas' and then see those pictures i'm green with envy!!

enjoy it
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was across at the house today and had a good rummage around the garden, I will take your advice about not ripping out too much undergrowth but the photos I posted before are the bits that have been kept in check, which is about half an acre of the 6


Theres a good couple of acres of wetlands with a wee lake which I havent got a clue what to do with but it would be great if the dogs could jump in for a swim without being covered in mud.

My first job is going to be powerwashing off the patio as the views from it are awesome, what flowers and plants would go well in patio beds SW facing against the back of the house?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aren't the patio beds already filled with plants or are you going to make new beds?

If you had loadsamoney, then the concrete patio slabs could possibly be changed for sandstone or Liscannor ones.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

robineire wrote:

My first job is going to be powerwashing off the patio


Years ago we laid the very best quality concrete slabs, as a patio area, over time they got black... so out came the pressure washer. Great, they looked clean... BUT, in doing I had stripped off the top layer of the slabs, leaving the stone and aggregate used to construct them exposed.

Now they get black really quickly. I would never use concrete slabs ever again. Go for real stone. the extra expense is worth it in the long term.

I thought you were going to leave the garden till the spring. Doing it now you risk destroying other treasures that are dormant!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi robineire
Must say from the pics you have posted so fare your land looks a hiden world.

The patio slabs dont look that bad from the picture maybe a good deck brush would do the job for you in the short term.

I kinda understand why people are saying wait untill spring before you start work but i have to admit i would be itching to get out there and try and put my stamp on things.

with regards the small lake you have best thing to do is fish it.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The garden beds along the back of the house have been overrun with weeds and the plants that are there have never been looked after so are all woody. I shall take some photos and maybe folks here can advise me on whats worth keeping and when the best time to prune them back is.

Rather than have shrubs in these beds I'd rather have flowers to be honest.

With the patio, weeds are growing up between all the pavers so a short term fix for me is powerwashing them, thanks for the comments about defacing them and replacing with stone, I will add stone pavers to my wishlist lol as you can imagine windows, floors, heating, a bathroom and kitchen needed and then a garden shed, greenhouse etc etc take preference.

I think my cutting branches and thinning to let in light is something I am going to do over this winter as I really want to let some of the smaller stunted hardwoods have a chance in life as at the moment they are struggling as the wooded areas have never been thinned and the softwoods have dominated everything also a lot of them are dead. also the pine needles dont let anything survive on the floor.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your garden looks fantastic, I would be itching to get out and start on it just like you. On your sw patio you will be able to grow anything you like. Start to plan for spring now and plant snowdrops, crocus, daffs and tulips, In meantime you can plant up with some winter bedding like flowering sedums, cyclamen, and the old reliable pansies, this will have an immediate effect for colour.

Thinning out and tidying is a good idea, but be careful as winter is on the way and you don't want to cut back so much that frost can do damage.

Keep the pics coming it will be amazing to look back next year and see the changes.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 4:21 pm    Post subject: A mild wet winter Reply with quote

Well it's been months since I posted on here are my garden has changed quite a bit, I spent the winter so far clearing away dead and overgrown areas of the garden cutting low branches on trees and cleaning weed out of the pond. The house sale still hasn't gone through so I haven't done any modernisations or spent anything on the grounds and we have been living here as caretakers untill it does. It has been mild this winter but very wet but it's great to see all the bulbs shooting already, I have one huge camellia which is blooming and snowdrops and the days are about 3 inches high and all over.

I cut back bushes round the pond which has opened it up and I have a heron that visits often and I have spotted with an eel so I guess there must be a few in there. Put up a bird feeder and have lots of wee birds loving that, Invested in an app for the iPad birds of Britain and Ireland so I photo the birds and then check what they are, Reed buntings and great tits are two that I hadnt seen so often before. Will have to make some bird nesting boxes this week. My neighbor recons there are a pair of kestrels nest in the trees but I have yet to see them.
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