19January2018

5 of the Most Unusual Flowers on Planet Earth

Plant life is a continuous source of human intrigue. Though we often find solace in a beautiful garden stocked with hydrangeas and roses, enjoying the amalgamation of gorgeous blooming flowers and pleasant aromas, many plants are in fact peculiar, stinky and bizarre.

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Edible Flowers and How to Use Them

Besides their look-don't-touch appeal, some flowers can also be eaten safely. Edible flowers are part of cuisines around the world, including Asian, European and Middle Eastern cuisines. They are added to foods to boost taste, color and aroma. You can put them on main dishes, salads or desserts. In the way of chocolate treats, bulbs are sometimes set on top of the dessert or on the side of plate to add elegance.

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Pots Upon Pots in The Flower Pot, Creeslough - Gareth Austin

I was delighted to be given a tour of The Flower Pot Garden Centre in Creeslough, County Donegal today. The Flower Pot garden centre is just bursting with colour, with tables of fabulous garden perennials in flower, a large range of summer flowering heathers, annuals and basket plants galore not to mention the trees, vegetable plants, herbs and hedging.

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Schedule for Bloom 2014

Bloom 2014runs from Thursday the 29th of May to Monday the 2nd of June 2014in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland. We look forward to seeing you there.

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What To Do When It's Too Hot Outside for Your Flowers

There are always those days in summer when it seems like just stepping foot outside makes you sweat through your clothes. Now imagine what that means for your flowers, which are enduring heat stress from the beaming sun and scalding air throughout the day. While too little light can be detrimental to plants, so can too much sun.

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Flower Choreography at Chelsea Fringe

A dance studio may not seem an obvious place to house a Chelsea Fringe exhibit, but the Siobhan Davies Dance Studio is as interested in contemporary art as it is in choreography – and the two work together surprisingly well.

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Designers Choice Garden Announced at Bloom 2014 - David Corscadden

It has been an exciting evening in Bloom today with one of the top awards announced! The garden picked as the best this year by fellow designers at the show was awarded to Andrew Christopher Dunne.

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The Loy – An Early Irish Spade - David Corscadden

Each year at Bloom you will find something new and someone new and interesting who has a great story to share. Today it was the people at The Loy Association of Ireland that had a great story to tell.

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Bloom Plant Village

The Plant Village at Bloom 2014 is a new addition to the festival which works to highlight and promote the world class plant production Ireland has to offer. Set among the popular retail stands at Bloom, the village allows a space for the five participating exhibitors to inspire visitors to use plants to their full advantage.

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5 Plant Gift Ideas For Fathers Day

We always spoil our Mums on Mother's Day and not that they don't deserve it they do, but lets not forget our Dads.. Don't they need spoiling to? Getting that perfect gift for dad does not have to mean breaking the bank. Here are a few affordable Fathers Day plant gift ideas. We want to show you dad we care!

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Plant Focus – Lords and Ladies - David Corscadden

Lords and Ladies, Arum maculatum, is a native Irish plant that I first noticed one autumn when I saw spikes of red, almost holly like, berries sticking out of the ground. I must admit I was impressed with the plant from just seeing the berries but it is a much nicer plant in spring.

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5 Tips to Improve Your Own Flower Arrangement Skills

  • Decide on a design: It is most important to have a plan in mind before beginning your arrangement. Ask yourself a few simple questions. Where will it go? In the centre of a room or against a wall. Can I allow for a little bit of height? Is it for a particular occasion? , the birth of a baby, a communion, a Christmas arrangement. A floral decoration for your local church in Balbriggan. Then you can decide on colours, flowers etc. Would you like the arrangement to last long or is it just for the day. This will help you decide on flower content as the lifespan of all flowers vary.

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Gardening Made Better and Easier by Gerry Daly at Bloom - David Corscadden

One of the big pulling factors to Bloom each year for garden lovers like myself is the fountain of garden knowledge that is simply around every corner that you turn!

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Bloom Show Garden - Planting Theme and Concepts

Bloom 2014 boasts 30 incredible show gardens which have been designed and constructed by some of the top Landscape Architects and Garden Designers Ireland boasts. Showcasing the high horticultural standards and practices Ireland has to offer, the show gardens provide visitors with inspiration and ideas that they can bring back to their own garden regardless of the size of garden or budget they are working with.

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Bloom in Numbers - Over 106,000 Attend Bloom 2014

Bord Bia welcomed over 106,000 visitors to its Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend. Artisans, exhibitors and garden designers alike have enjoyed a very busy few days with many reporting buoyant sales onsite including Donal Skehan's Skoff pies, CAIS farmhouse cheese and Caulfield Country Boards who were all sold out before lunchtime yesterday. Last year, a Behaviours and Attitudes study valued the onsite sales at €5.5 million.

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Plant Focus – Salvia Madeline - David Corscadden

With a weekend spent at Bloom comes a five day marathon of plants and plant purchases for crazed gardeners like myself! One of the first I bought for myself was a fantastic plant called Salvia Madeline.

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Bloom Collection

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Bloom Floral Marquee

The Floral Marquee is one of the first stops for many visitors when they arrive at Bloom. With over 30 different nurseries under one roof it is a key highlight for plant lovers and garden enthusiasts when they visit. Past visitors to Bloom will notice many key features have returned again this year such as the fuchsia wall just inside the main door and the primula pyramid, created by Peninsula Primulas, in the centre of the room.

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