One for #gardeners Brigid Gallagher takes us on a tour of ‘Bloom’ in Dublin which follows on from the Chelsea Flower Show.. some stunning garden exhibits and I love the fact that there is a more wild feel to the gardens rather than too set. That way I don’t feel to bad about the way ours is looking at the moment! #recommended

Watching the Daisies

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.

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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…

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