Yesterday, we took a drive along the Antrim coast to Glenarm, a picturesque village and home to Glenarm Castle and it’s walled Garden. It’s a beautiful spot at any time of year and this weekend the garden is hosting ‘Bloomfest’ – an event held over the May Day weekend with craft stalls, music, food and drink, and most importantly, thousands of tulips.
We arrived early, keen to avoid the crowds. It was a wise choice. We were able to meander through the garden at our leisure, in peace and quiet, stopping every few moments to enjoy the spring spectacular. For, as far as the eye could see, there were tulips – in every conceivable colour, in picture perfect combinations that caught the eye and with the sun glimpsing through the clouds and the air warm, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning !
We sat down at one of the garden benches for a while, enjoying the view, the morning sunshine and appreciating the huge amount of time and effort that must go into creating a garden on this scale. Then, it was time for coffee and cake in the tea room (a great tea room by the way) before heading out to have a nosy around the various craft stalls. On site, there is also a gift shop called The Byre Shop where we bought some soaps and a newly opened Fudge Factory. I had to pay a visit, of course, because my dad is rather partial to fudge and we left with, ahem, four bars of the stuff !!
Of course, I came away feeling all fired up about spring, eager to get back to my own modest little plot and keen to get it looking its’ best. That’s the great thing about visiting places like these..they give us lots of inspiration for our own outdoor spaces.
The BloomFest continues today and tomorrow. I believe a little bear called Paddington is making a special guest appearance today, so I’m sure it will be very busy indeed. And if you can’t make it, make yourself some tea and a marmalade sandwich and enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend x
For more information, you can check out the Bloomfest website.