Bloom 2016

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In the past I have judged at Bloom, Ireland’s biggest garden and food show, but this year I was involved in a different way, helping Elaine from Springmount Garden Centre put on her first ever display there. It was a bit daunting going head to head with seasoned exhibitors and rather than try to compete, making a display packed full of wonderful herbaceous flowers we decided to base the display on plants for pots on a patio. This meant some preparation work making a wooden base and cutting paving to fit but, apart from the hard work of lugging it around, we were almost sure it would work. With Yorg (or Jorg – I don’t know which) with his lorry we set off on Monday at 7am for the Phoenix Park in Dublin. And by 19.30 we had more or less cracked it. Now it just remains for Elaine and Yorg to sell some plants over the five days before I go and help pull it all apart next Monday.

The base in position with the hole for the small pond

The base in position with the hole for the small pond

Getting the big plants in once the paving was in place

Getting the big plants in once the paving was in place

Pots need cleaning, gravel needs neatening and mulches applied to the pots

Pots need cleaning, gravel needs neatening and mulches applied to the pots

Elaine was always with a sheet of paper to make her look busy :)

Elaine was always with a sheet of paper to make her look busy 🙂

And ready to give helpful advice

And ready to give helpful advice

I did do some work, honest, just not when I was taking photos!

I did do some work, honest, just not when I was taking photos!

And, finally, it all came together

And, finally, it all came together

All we have to do now is wait for the judges to make their decisions

All we have to do now is wait for the judges to make their decisions

and to sell some plants

and to sell some plants

 

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6 Comments on “Bloom 2016”

  1. srerridge
    May 31, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    You’ve all done so well. Its busy, but clean. Simple yet colourful and effective. You should all be so proud of your achievement. Good luck!

    • thebikinggardener
      May 31, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

      thanks – it is the lap of the gods – and the judges – now

  2. derrickjknight
    May 31, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    Good luck. Impressive carpentry

  3. joy
    June 1, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    love it love it love it

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