Blooming Fantastic!

DSCF8660I was delighted during the week when I won tickets for Bloom from Coole Swan on Facebook. I’ve wanted to go for the last couple of years but never got there.

DSCF8791I got the 7am train on Thursday morning thinking I was being sensible being so early as there was a shuttle bus running the Heuston Station…..the queue for the bus was crazy though! Thankfully some sensible taxi drivers decided to do a deal and about ten of us got into a taxi mini bus and he took us to Bloom to save us walking or waiting.

DSCF8727The weather was fantastic but even if it had been raining so many of the displays were inside so it would have been OK.

DSCF8752There were lots of show gardens. I loved the fairy garden, there was mist on the water and it was just a magical place. I would love something like this in my garden.

DSCF8751I also loved the Wizard of Oz garden….well they were all fantastic but those two stood out for me.

This garden was made with synthetic grass so you never need to cut it…I could do with some of that!

IMG_2220It wasn’t just all about gardens either. There were some amazing floral displays.

DSCF8705If that wasn’t enough for you there were plenty of events for the kids including playgrounds, cake decorating, entertainers (and the kids get in free!)

DSCF8959There was also some great music…..and food!! So many samples of wonderful Irish food and drink with some great special offers.

DSCF8846DSCF8874 DSCF8843 DSCF8824I also got to meet the President Michael D. Higgins which was very exciting for me. I saw Donal Skehan and Neven Maguire. The food demos were great also the gardening talks.

DSCF8948Gerry Daly was very interesting….and he’s right far too much time is spent cutting the grass and weeding.

DSCF8943It all got too much for this little lad who settled himself into the Grow it Yourself garden for a relax.

DSCF8742All it all it was a really wonderful day. Well done to all the organisers and exhibitors involved in such a great event. It’s still running until Monday so if you get a chance do go along, you’ll be very glad you did. The rest of my photos are here.

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10 thoughts on “Blooming Fantastic!

  1. Colette says:

    Great post Val 🙂 Your first, second, and last pic are similar to ones I took! Love your other ones too. Such a great opportunity for photographs, and a fun day out too. We went today and thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂

  2. Sinead says:

    I went Thursday too, it was a brilliant day out! Somehow I missed the fairy garden but I loved the Wizard of Oz garden, it was really lovely

  3. Jazzygal says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience as I was wondering if we should go to it. After reading thos I think I will tryy to convince my 2 ‘boys’ to go on Monday!

    xx Jazzy

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