Friday, June 11, 2010
Dublin Bloom Part 2
As I couldn't fit it all in yesterday, here is the rest of our day out.
This rather super garden was called 'Urban Idyll'. It was chosen by the Irish tv viewing public out of several gardens with the same subject, I understand. I loved the live ducks. They looked a bit confused! If you click on it, you can see the detail much better. There are 2 beehives too. The funny thing was, while we were watching, one of the helpers opened the top of one of the beehives and took out her rather large handbag!!
Here are the well behaved ducks. There was also a metal sculpture of a duck.
Jim took this one of me in my new 'Specsavers' glasses!
It was far too hot for this! She must have been cooked in trousers and a dress.
This trio was playing classical music - they looked very hot too and were in full sun. It was lovely to hear the music drifting across the park. The dark blood red flower is obviously one of the new ones out as several gardens had it on display. It's an astrantia major. I have the common one in my garden. I must have one of these.
The water ran up the side and along the front of the patio area. Very cooling.
This one of course was just 'me'! It was along the theme of re-use and recycle. The idea was to put cardboard down as a mulch and newspaper! The lady who designed it wore a marvellous hat!
What a marvellous characterful face. She took a photo of me in her garden!
This one showed a very economical way to use water, which ran down the chains shown here. It also had some more of the lovely foxgloves and large campanula in the foreground.
Jim took a rather better photo showing the 'rusty heap' sculpture in the centre. He is tall and can take shots from higher up!
So many ideas...
We had a walk round the walled garden, which had some gorgeous perennials on display. I loved this poppy.
Super colourful lanterns above one of the stalls.
Jim queued up to get 2 cups of 'Barry's' tea, our favourite. It was delicious.
Children were having a great time climbing this magnificent tree....
and swinging in these colourful hammocks.
There was a Fiat stall at the show and this Doblo stood alone - a little away from the rest of their cars. It looks almost luxurious, nothing like our old model - which is orange for a start!
This little girl looked so pretty all in her red outfit.
Me in my usual position! Camera in hand.
Time was getting on, so we headed to the bus stop to catch the shuttle bus back to the Galway bus. The queue was massive and when we did eventually get on the shuttle, it crawled along as the traffic was horrendous. We missed our bus, but one came along every hour, so we waited for the next one. I think I slept most of the journey home!