Flowers and Festivals

Last weekend my sister and I attended our 7th annual trip to Dublin to see Bloom in the Park,a festival run over the bank holiday weekend,showcasing all the best in food,flowers
and everything to do with gardening!

There were 23 show gardens to see,an indoor floral pavilion,and many,many stalls/shops selling all sorts! Cookery/gardening demos and a fashion show as well.Something for everyone.It is all all on display in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. It differs from Chelsea in that it is billed as a family day out,children admitted free,and lots of activities laid on to entertain them!
Alliums standing tall!

More Alliums!

Magnificent Lilies!

Cape Cod Escape was the title of this show garden,inspired by a visit to Cape Cod,it had a sandy shoreline to the front as well,befitting a beach shack!

A side view of the colourful planting in the Tayto Garden - Potatoe to Packet!

This was my personal favourite,for colour,variety and form,Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin Garden," incorporating the concept of a refuge/a sunken bolt hole or retreat to escape the often difficult daily grind that patients face".

A lovely bed of Chives in the walled garden,run by the office of public works at the park. There are beds of potatoes,carrots,sweet corn,rhubarb,salad leaves,artichokes,among other varieties here in the manicured beds.

Lots of places for a welcome pit stop!

!Delphiniums with my giant thumb in the foreground!

Never throw away a pallet again,look at this colourful patio set made entirely from pallets!

The intrepid travellers having a much needed coffee!

The never ending Q outside for the shuttle buses to take us back to the city centre after a great day! Roll on next year!
Happy Gardening!

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