Oh man it is sooo hot here today. Even my mac is overheating so it will be a quick one today.

I only have enough energy to post this pic of the most amazing planter in the WOrLD!

Tomorrow will be a more bearable 26.

Pic from here.

I love love love fresh flowers! They make me happy therefore worth every penny in my books. And less fattening than chocolate which also makes me happy.

And here is my first ever fuchsia that I purchased from Bloom two weekends ago. Apparently fuchsias are suppose to be a good hardy plant. So hopefully it will survive my over obsessive watering for the first few weeks followed by a couple of weeks neglect followed by random attention after that.

Actually this little guy is going to be the start of my new and improved balcony. The very narrow balcony looks out onto a busy inner city street so it could do with a few plants to make the sight a little less offensive. Some pics from my inspiration files.

Pics from AT and Living Etc

We were blessed, as they say in Ireland, with the weather over the long weekend. I tried to get things organised for the first of my visiting rellies, who arrive tomorrow, but I just couldn’t stay indoors long enough. Besides I have a few more days before my mum arrives which is the person I am really tidying up for.

So yesterday I managed to make it to the Bloom festival 2 hours before it closed. And whizzed around before running back to pick up some bargain flowering plants.

Here is my favourite garden. This garden has everything I likeĀ  – surrounded by greenery, water and a place to lay about reading or snoozing. More decking would be nice so I could entertain when I am not snoozing.. I mean reading.

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The Secluded Water Garden by designer Frazer McDonogh.

The hammock is from a company located in Wicklow calledĀ  Seabourne Chic. Here it is again –

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and they also stock these absolutely gorgeous bamboo and canvas umbrellas!!!!!!

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I am really looking forward to the Bloom in the Park event coming up this long weekend. I love flowers, tranquil gardens, fresh produce and handmade crafts and this event has it all. Bloom is taking place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin from 28th May until 1st June.

What a lovely way to spend the long weekend. I am convinced the weather is going to be absolutely fabulous so I am off to buy a picnic blanket.

One of the gardens featuring in this year’s show will be the Sleeping Tiger by garden designer Sheena Vernon. Sheena has put together a credit crunch garden for those of you who don’t have loads of money to spend. The budget is 3,000 euro and if you have to move you can take the garden with you! One of her tips for saving money is if you don’t have the money for big ceramic pots why not paint the black plastic pots the plants come in.

A friend just sent me a link to this house and I fell instantly in love with the interior. Oh and the house is lovely too. Here is what I love about this house and the interior design. I love the subway tiles in the bathroom and the bathroom has a window (I really want a bathroom with a window – not too much to ask for is it?). I love the walled garden. I love their furniture and lighting – the owners are in the movie biz and their furniture is a collection of movie props!. I love the dining room – loads of natural light and they have a dining room (I really want a dining room separate from the living room). I love the paint colour on the walls in the main bedroom, the fireplace, the light wooden floors and the french doors! They tell you to ignore the decor when buying a house because its the easiest thing to change but seriously their decor is too beautiful to ignore or change! Its a little over my budget but definitely worth filing for future inspiration.

Oh and I really want that jewellery stand too. I believe its from Ikea and I would almost travel all the way to Belfast just to pick one up!

My new Rhipsalidopsis otherwise known as an Easter Cactus. They usually flower between April and May but looks like this one has flowered early.

I can’t wait until I have a small garden or courtyard of my own but until then I happy enough with this little guy.


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