Towns throughout Ireland are busy planting summer flowers in hanging baskets, tiered flower stands, and window boxes to create Ireland's beautiful summer blossom display.
Every time I return to Ireland in summer time, I am struck by the beautiful flowers highlighting old stone buildings, street lamps, shopfronts, and even traffic islands.
Nature's color palate never fails to brighten dreary old buildings, even on the rainiest of days.
Ireland's rainy climate is a big contributing factor to sustaining these flowers throughout the summer season.
Without Mother Nature's free watering system successful blooming would never be guaranteed.
Many of my friends who have visited Ireland return to the U.S. remarking on how prolific these flower baskets are.
Credit for supporting this practice of flower planting can be given to the Tidy Towns Competition, an annual, national competition which encourages towns and communities to improve their local environment.
A little splash of color goes a long way to make a town a better place to live, work and visit. Flower baskets especially delight visitors from far off lands, myself included. I had fun last year around Dublin taking the shots of flower baskets displayed above.
When I was searching for photos for my post on County Cork, I found this lovely shot of flower baskets in Cobh, Co. Cork on Flickr. A big thanks to the photographer for making it available for sharing.
In today's climate of financial constraint and budget cutbacks in Ireland, I hope Irish towns don't choose to limit their springtime planting. The colors of nature not only brighten the day, but give the spirit sustenance.
Wishing you all a season of happy springtime planting and successful summer blooming.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)