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.