Archive for ‘BLOOM 2010’

June 8, 2010

A tolling bell signals that the end is nigh…

by Ciaran Burke

All around us people are making pots and sowing seeds. It’s Monday afternoon, our fifth day of Project Nasturtium at Bloom, and I starring to feel tired. Then a bell rings out. This signals the start of the sell off from the plant stalls, it’s four o’clock. Within a few minutes our stand is empty and chaos ensues all around us. People are going mad looking for bargains or for plants that were on display but sold out. The gentle world of gardening in the floral pavilion has turned into scenes of madness. People jostle goodnaturedly around the plant stalls. Stall holders lift plants out of their displays and out stretched hands reach out for their attention.

It’s the end of Bloom 2010. We took down our stand, and headed for home. It was a great five days. Project Nasturtium has been a phenomenal success. It would not have been possible without or sponsors, Suttons Seeds, and Enrich. We must also thank our volunteers for giving their time and patience to show people how to make paper pots and sow seeds.

So many people sowed their first seeds while at Bloom this year. A huge amount of Nasturtiums and sunflowers have been travelling to peoples homes. I hope all the seeds grow, Ireland is going to be a colourful place this Summer if they do. Thanks also to everyone who visited our stand and to those who participated. We hope we have given some inspiration to garden and grow. Now, what shall we do next year?

This morning we are at home in Mayo but later today we are going back to Dublin to meet 38 Finns and start an 8 day garden tour. I am going to keep a diary here ,so if you like you can follow us around some beautiful gardens on Ireland.

June 7, 2010

Green Waste Not, Want Not

by Ciaran Burke

We had extra compost, so we were giving away free compost; organic peat free compost from our sponsors, Enrich. It was very popular!

June 6, 2010

Show garden moments

by Ciaran Burke

A few images from my early morning visits to the show gardens at bloom.

It is not all glamour and glitz for garden designers. Top pic; Gold medal winner Jane Mc Corkell is busy watering her garden in the sunshine on Saturday morning, her garden is called “The Rain Garden”. Upper Middle pic; the GIY garden being watered on Saturday, no need to water tomorrow after all the rain today.
Lower Middle pic; Dawn Aston’s shoes in her Engaging Space -“Urban Oasis” her garden allows people to walk around inside- it was awarded a silver gilt medal; view from terrace of Dawn’s Urban Oasis, it was amazing to see throngs of people crowding through her garden in the rain today.

June 6, 2010

Floral Pavilion moments

by Ciaran Burke

Five days of a floral festival will have plant highlights and will produce special moments and memories.

Pictures from top: dumping bark mulch this morning as rain causes a flood in front of ours and Mount Venus’ stand; notice on Camolin Potting Shed’s stand, people often handle plants and pull them out of the displays, well this is a warning; new plants by – Clemtis ‘Ooh La La’; Yucca gloriosa ‘Bright Star’, new introductions from Fitzgeralds nurseries.

June 6, 2010

Inspiring Bloom

by Ciaran Burke

Despite the rain, thousands of people enjoyed Bloom today. Instead of keeping people away, if anything it seemed to be even busier.

Outside people wandered around the show gardens and in the floral pavilion the plant sellers were doing a brisk trade.

On our stand we had our busiest day so far. Pot after pot was rolled, folded and filled. People of all ages were sowing seeds of nasturtiums, sunflowers and coriander. I have been amazed by the reaction of adults to the concept of making paper pots. So many people have pledged to use them instead of plastic pots for sowing their seeds.

During the afternoon we had one middle aged lady make a paper pot and sow her first ever seed! She was so thrilled, her enthusiasm matched that of a child. She went away on a high, it was a brilliant moment. Later she called by the stand to show me plants she had bought. She had visited Bloom with a friend, but she herself had never gardened before. After sowing a seed in her paper pot she had felt inspired and was planning on doing some gardening, amazing!

I hope her seeds germinate soon, and her plants grow well. If she plants them in the next day or so, at least they will get well watered.

Photos below; a family learn to make paper pots and sow seeds; people of all ages are enjoying Project Nasturium; Alex from Mount Venus Nurseries trying to deal with a flooded stand during the rain before opening this morning!

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