Guerilla Gardening 2010.

MauriceColgan

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Just planted a dozen pansies around the base of a tree which the county council dug in many years ago. All the pelagorniums I had planted there perished in the frost for the first time in years!

Planted more pansies in a neglected county council shrubbery outside our home. Strangers are stopping to admire them.

But my tiny hands are frozen!

Guerrilla Gardening Ireland
 


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Had planted daffs that were doing nicely until the local scumbag children broke the heads off the flowers to throw at each other. And our taxes subsidising their lifestyle!!! Maybe it's for another thread!!!
 

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I'll be doing a bit of guerilla gardening too. I found a place in Wicklow that would be perfect for a few ganja plants.
 

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Had planted daffs that were doing nicely until the local scumbag children broke the heads off the flowers to throw at each other. And our taxes subsidising their lifestyle!!! Maybe it's for another thread!!!
It happens.
Don't give up or they have won. I lost flowers too, but children will pick flowers for their mothers.
A guy planting along the grand canal near Golden bridge is doing great work with wild flowers along the banks.

It's always best to plant flowers in public places that will regenerate if beheaded.
 
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Had planted daffs that were doing nicely until the local scumbag children broke the heads off the flowers to throw at each other. And our taxes subsidising their lifestyle!!! Maybe it's for another thread!!!
In fairness, if your local 'scumbag children' are they type to throw daffs at each other I think you need to take a rain check. Kids pulling the heads off flowers is perfectly normal behaviour. They're the ones who are likely to be planting them in 30 years time, not the ones inside playing the Wii and leaving flowers alone.
 

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In fairness, if your local 'scumbag children' are they type to throw daffs at each other I think you need to take a rain check. Kids pulling the heads off flowers is perfectly normal behaviour. They're the ones who are likely to be planting them in 30 years time, not the ones inside playing the Wii and leaving flowers alone.
Well maybe I expect too much.

BTW I referred to them as scumbag children not because they ripped the heads off the daffodils, (any child can and often will do that as you rightly say, ) I referred to them as scumbag children because they are the children of scumbags.
 

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In fairness, if your local 'scumbag children' are they type to throw daffs at each other I think you need to take a rain check. Kids pulling the heads off flowers is perfectly normal behaviour. They're the ones who are likely to be planting them in 30 years time, not the ones inside playing the Wii and leaving flowers alone.
It often pays to encourage the local children with a few euros to actually help plant flowers and seeds. I do.

My granchildren poked holes in the soil with old pencils and popped in nasturtium seeds opposite their home. WHEN summer arrives they will have quite a surprise at the amount of flowers that will appear. I'm sure they have already forgotten all about the planting a month ago.

Yes, children should be given some leaway. We all were little monsters at one time.
 

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Yes, children should be given some leaway. We all were little monsters at one time.
Very true...My poor mother!!!

And look at the nice person I turned out to be!!!;)
 

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I hope this doesn't sound dumb or geeky since I mean it as an honest question- Is there a kind of political thought process at work when people do stuff like Guerilla Gardening?
 

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I hope this doesn't sound dumb or geeky since I mean it as an honest question- Is there a kind of political thought process at work when people do stuff like Guerilla Gardening?
Providing pleasure for others by enhancing the public environment has been going on centuries.

Emperors and Socialists working together. For the benifit of all mankind.

It comes at a cost though.

It's bread and Jam for lunch today! Seriously.
 

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The planting of flowers in public spaces continues and may increase because of the RTE TV Show Dirty Old Towns.

Planting wild flower seeds in shallow trays (4 inches deep) means the plant roots mesh together and form a mat. Later they can be removed from the trays in one piece and then be placed as ready made little gardens wherever you choose to put them.

Planted two spare lengths of guttering and the flowers are now coming on strong. Ideal way to have ready made ring gardens to place around the base of trees.

OK Dragons no reasonable offers refused.
 
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These are last years crop of wildflowers. Sections of them were transplanted elsewhere successfully. Their seeds germinated and are now growing unattended in public places.

Sharing is caring.
Well done. And you've given me an idea...
 

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Fair play to you Maurice and to anyone else who makes the effort to do this type of thing.
These acts of selflessness are very encouraging.
 

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Thanks Arraccht. Appreciated.

Once planted packets of wildflower seeds on an 8 by 3 foot length of chicken wire covered with bags of compost purchased at a DIY store. The roots of the plants meshed and I was able to roll up this 'wild flower garden' and transport it to where I had cleared a piece of ground used for dumping cans and bottles by the local teenagers

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Lo and behold this instant garden of Eden has flourished. The cans and bottles are far more rare now and easily disposed of.

Of course it's not all selfless, we benifit too. From the exercise and an enhanced neighbourhood.
 

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Well done. And you've given me an idea...
Forgot to mention this idea is now in the Public domain posted by me on a number of Forums including Facebook. Just as the Internet was given away free................

The materials required are available to everyone.
Nevertheless an imaginative and enterprising person could easily develope the idea into a business.

Trays of wildflowers should soon be seen blossoming in every garden centre supply base worth it's salt.

Now what's to be done with all the Cordyline tree trunks bare of foliage?
 

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Every day I walk my dogs along the canal by Allenwood and the wild flowers are comming up great, all the old favorites are there and some new ones, only problem is it's not kids damaging them but adults, and paid to do it!!!!!!!!! the wild Orchids come up, though less and less because Waterways Ireland send a huge tractor down to slice up the grass, dig deep ruts, and leave huge bare patches where the blades are set too low. I would willingly mow a walking path during the growing season and they could cut later on in the year and have actually asked them about it, but no the tractor must cut at the time it does never mind the rare and beautiful natural flora.

A hand full of wild seed thrown into hoof prints make nice bunches of colour.
 


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