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« on: November 23, 2007, 03:02:09 PM »

So I've been busy for the last couple of months mulching 'flower beds' on publicly owned land near where I live.

Taking advice from the Florida thread, I think it is, I made a few seed bombs and planted/threw them down first, especially in the first location.


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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2007, 03:16:38 PM »

More views of the same location


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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2007, 03:22:28 PM »

More views of the same location


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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2007, 03:29:45 PM »

More views of the same location


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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2007, 03:34:18 PM »

A wide angle view of what I did. You can see where the pile of wood chip had been for a week or so. In the grassy patch you can see where the grass has gone yellow from lack of sunlight. Within a few days it should be fine again.

The original photo was taken to show the city council the problem with graffiti, luckily I found it the other day. It's a good 'before' photograph.


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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2007, 03:38:08 PM »

Different location.


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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2007, 10:54:26 PM »

Different viewpoint


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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2007, 11:37:07 PM »

Now with the mulch on it...


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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2007, 11:47:01 PM »

Getting these a bit mixed up, I'm sure you can make head or tail of it....


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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2007, 08:18:53 PM »

Across the other side of the tracks...before....


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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2007, 08:25:34 PM »

The other side of the tracks ...after...


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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2008, 02:50:25 PM »

Hey Tampopo..javascript:replaceText('%20;D',%20document.forms.postmodify.message);

Nice work.. What did the city council say about the Grafitti.. I mean, is it within their policy to take them all out or just in 'key' locations.. Did you or they remove the grafitti?

Have you gone back to your chestnut seedlings? How did they do over the winter?

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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2008, 03:55:06 PM »

Thanks Mirra,

I haven't had a good look at my favourite chestnuts yet this year. they are partially inaccesible behind some railings. I'll check them and get back to you later in the week.

As for the grafitti, the city council hire a private company to remove it. They are there most days!

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« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2008, 07:19:06 PM »

Mirra,

just saw this online in the paper today.

http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2008/0409/breaking71.htm

some money allocated to combat grafitti.

I had a look at my chestnut trees yesterday. they are pretty good. One is quite big, about 1.2m. Three others are still only 300 to 400mm tall. They are slightly overlooked or shaded out. I did try cutting back the offending vegetation last autumn, so I hope this season they will prosper. A fourth of this group (small ones) is *completely* overgrown. I must have not been able to find it last autumn. I'll get my secateurs at it this weekend, probably.

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« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2010, 12:30:41 PM »

A follow up to Reply 3:

photgraph from the same view point...bulbs/corms planted May 2008


this is them in 2009, they're showing again this year.

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« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2010, 09:34:36 AM »

I just had a proper look at these pictures, that is A LOT of wood chip! Good work! Must have taken time to wheelbarrow it out along that stretch, did you do it by night or were you brave enough to do it in daylight?  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2010, 01:43:40 PM »

Heya cb, yeah it WAS a lot of wood chip.

I did it all during daylight hours, just not making eye contact with commuters or undesireables! sorry to anyone who was trying to initiate a chat but couldn't cos I wouldn't look at them!

These wallflowers are in a few years. I can't remember if I transplanted them, so I'm going to take the credit for it!


and a wider view. The smell, or aromatic perfume from them is lovely!

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« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2012, 02:36:46 PM »

So, last Saturday afternoon, there was a rally of 14 boats desending the, eh, rapids. The locks on the Grand Canal and Circular Line.

check it out.



the crocosmia are still going, though I don't see flowers on them that much....Lucky to survive having been mown a couple of times.

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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2012, 01:51:45 AM »

some other views...

looking back...


someone's been woodchipping the trees here....










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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2012, 06:40:50 PM »

The house is getting a make over, well, sort of. Out with the old at any rate. Incl woody wallflowers. But, waste not, want not and Reuse and Recycle. I brought five or six plants, cut back hard and planted them out and about....



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« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2012, 07:42:46 PM »

Wood chip mulched....several years ago....




FAIL!!!!!

July 25th, this year.


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« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2013, 07:22:56 PM »

Well, my word is my honour.  I thought it was, at any rate. But hours after I said to the lovely Grace "no, I don't spread wood chip anymore, incase there's any alien invasive species mixed in with it" I did the following....for shame!!!

First, I dug out ye olde wheelie bin


Dragged it about a kilometre to the  local community garden/woodchip supply and filled it...


Then the km and more back!!! Where my previous efforts had turned to muck!

Right about here should be a good place to start...right?

hmmm, what you'd call "soakage"




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« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2013, 07:27:49 PM »

I saved a little bit for this patch over the tracks....



and of course, AFTER....



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« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2013, 09:07:46 PM »

Further to Reply 19 here is one of those recycled wallflowers doing well. Sized beside a 2 euro coin. Full of leaf, at least. It had flowers earlier on  in the year...


I can't find any of the others....

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« Reply #24 on: March 14, 2014, 11:07:27 PM »

Every year, Tesco sells bags of daffodil bulbs for not too much. I put 49 by the bike parking and another few in here around the same time as I did at the Primavera Verdi site... One has come up. Started to, at least....


So, I got another bunch in the new year. Reduced from five euro to two. Didn't tempt me. Then they were further reduced to one euro and I went for it. They were lying around for several more weeks, but finally, I got them into the ground at the beginning of the month. Hopefully they'll catch up, settle in and be okay for next year.

Oh yeah. This area. I've made two attempts to mulch this patch.  People familiar with the area will know that Connolly Avenue, not far away, has many London Plane trees.  Every year these trees lose their leaves. Everywhere. Fortunately, the locals bag them and the council takes them away. 

Twice, I brought two bags of leaves and dumped them on the patch so that they could rot down into the soil.

Twice, they were stolen/removed.  I am asking now, that if the person removing these bags of leaf mould is reading this post would you please stop.  The leaves are there for a reason. If you want leaves of your own, collect them. 

Having said that, I proceeded to bury the bulbs that were fit to be planted...



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« Reply #25 on: March 14, 2014, 11:11:54 PM »

A few in here, a few in there....


And a few on the right, and a few to the rear. I may post a pic if they come up this year....of course the ones I planted before Christmas should come up. Fingers crossed....



I have more plans for this site. Stay tuned!!!
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« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2014, 04:00:16 PM »

Well, as of a few days ago they were surviving. Still too early to say that they won't be picked though...






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« Reply #27 on: July 22, 2014, 03:46:39 PM »

I got my hands on some more mulch...



and on a sweaty hot humid Sunday morning,did this...



with a close up of the crocosmia and a single barley/wheat stalk!




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« Reply #28 on: July 25, 2014, 04:50:17 PM »

Encore une fois!



and after...


just up a bit...

and afterwards...you can the missing section to the right...

couldn't leave it, so filled it in....

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« Reply #29 on: July 26, 2014, 04:56:21 PM »

While I was there I did the lock approach.

Where it disappears to, I don't know!


That's just a bit of cut grass in the foreground...and the first user in the background!


Looks alright...


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« Reply #30 on: November 25, 2014, 11:03:43 PM »

What's this, what's this?Huh



Oh. I see. It's like that, is it?  Good job....




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« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2015, 11:41:14 PM »

Well, so far so good. I took these photos the other week. They are more progressed now.



I may post them as they blossom. Probably will, I suppose...



Happy new year to one and all....

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« Reply #32 on: March 06, 2015, 10:47:26 PM »

I went back for a looksee at Reply 30 after seeing all that good work. I thought, "it's too good to be true. It's too good to be true".  And it was.

Or else, for old time's sake they built in a puddle, because that's what's happened. you can see the reflection of the railing in the surface of the water...give me strength!!!



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