“I’ve done all 10 Blooms,” he said, “and this is probably the hottest Bloom on record.
Normally you will wait until 9pm or 10pm at night or you water them earlier in the morning.
What is good for the festival, though, is not so good for the delicate plants in the show gardens.
Fiann Ó Nualláin, the designer of the 1916-themed garden, was out with the hose yesterday evening.
“Some of the show gardens with tender plants and those that are shade bearing are flopping a bit.” President Michael D Higgins once again made the shortest trip of his presidency to open the show.
He empathised with a group of Syrian refugees who visited Goal’s “Damascus Courtyard – War and Peace”.
It is expected that visitor numbers will easily surpass the 100,000 mark.
“When the weather’s like this, what other country would you want to be in,” said RTÉ presenter Marty Morrissey.
Now in its 10th year, Bloom has survived all the vicissitudes of the Irish weather including a mini-tornado which closed the festival last year.
A cloudless sky with good weather promised for the rest of the weekend is good news for the organisers with advance ticket sales up by 36 per cent.
Near-record temperatures brought record crowds for the first day of this year’s Bloom.
More than 18,000 visitors attended the event at Dublin’s Phoenix Park where temperatures were hitting 23 degrees.
Khalid Mokadan lost his wife 20 days ago in a refugee camp in Lebanon to kidney failure.The couple and their four children were due to fly to Ireland days later. He came to us and shook our hands and we said thank you.