Hullo, petal... Nolan and Karen O'Brien with little Hannah and Nina. Pictures: Shane Dillon

BLOOM proved just as popular as ever in the heart of the Phoenix Park this bank holiday weekend, with many tens of thousands of people from all across the city, county and country filling the sprawling festival grounds to capacity each day. Despite some occasionally blooming awful weather, Bloom’s punters were happy to dodge the occasional heavy downpours and blasts of wind to take in the brilliant blossoms and gorgeous greenery at the Bord Bia festival. As ever, the beautifully presented show gardens were a particular highlight, while have-a-go horticulturalists and gardening gurus enjoyed exploring the terrific range of stalls, events and plants across the grounds.

At The Marie Keating Foundation’s Heroes of Hope garden were garden designer Paul Dunne, Linda Keating, and Heroes of Hope campaign participant Rory Duffy
Sheamus, Clodagh and Donal Brady with Ailish McCarthy
Fantastic floral displays impressed
Dad Mairtin with Eanna and Emer Lane
Sara King, Richard King and Sarah-Louise Carney, of Ria Organics
There was family fun for Carla, Padraig, baby Oscar and Chloe Callaghan
FBD Insurance’s Transition show garden, winner of the Best in Category title in the Large Garden section
Sylvia and Jan Gucklan