I visited “Bloom” in Dublin’s Phoenix Park in early June this year – a little while after it’s English cousin “Chelsea” inspired millions of horticultural enthusiasts around the globe.
A local bus company took myself and a party of keen Donegal gardeners to our Irish floral heaven, and back home again – all in one day.
The floral marquee was my first stop, where I purchased a pot filled with 10 Candelabra Primula for just 8 euros, an Echium pininana which could reach a height of 4 metres , Salvia “Hot Lips” and Orlaya grandiflora.
Candelabra Primula (front right) say “Hello” to red and yellow Mimulus
Echium pininana awaiting planting
Salvia “Hot Lips” getting to know her new floral friends!
White Orlaya grandiflora is still settling in beside a yellow Geum, a cerise Geranium and red Sedum “Autumn Joy”
I placed my new treasures in the plant creche, before locating the 22 show gardens – 6 large, 10 medium and 6 small.
My personal favourite (pictured below) was a gold medal winner called “Transition”. It featured beautiful naturalistic planting, with lots of grey rock (40 tons of it), and a sweeping water feature adorned with a modern steel and glass outdoor room.
Water featured in many of the other garden designs:
I loved checking out the planting schemes. Here are some of my personal favourites:
Purple Allium were incredibly popular:
Paths meandered through a variety of planting styles from cottage style to modern…
I was serenaded while standing in the queue for lunch:
Before enjoying the delights of the Walled Garden – a haven of tranquility away from the crowds.
The food marquee, was a bit too busy for me, but I did enjoy a very delicious, organic ice cream sundae made from coconut and avocado. Yum!
Finally, tired but very happy, I collected my new plants, headed for the coach and home…
Bloom was well worth a visit.
Brigid P. Gallagher
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