Spring may have sprung late, but when it finally comes it will be sensational, Alan Titchmarsh has predicted.

Alan is optimistic about the gardening season ahead (image copyright: IPC Media)

The ITV Love Your Garden presenter shared gardeners’ frustration at being stuck indoors during icy blasts in March and April – but says we’ll all benefit from a late start to the season.

Speaking exclusively to AG, Alan said: “We are in for a bumper year.

“I’ve already seen daffodil displays like I haven’t seen in years – they’re brilliant. Spring may be three weeks late, but when it comes it’s going to be sensational.”

The former Ground Force host said underground aquifers were now full up with water; a far cry from last spring when hosepipe bans and drought threatened to curtail gardeners’ activities.

Alan went on: “It’s helped trees and shrubs to get good moisture at the roots. We’ve not rushed into spring – that’s a good thing. From a nurseryman and gardener’s point of view it’s been hard.

“But from a plant’s point of view, they’ve just sat and waited. Hopefully, we’ll have superb magnolias this year because they won’t have been frosted.

“When they come out early, there’s a danger they’ll be frost-damaged.”

With the UK experiencing a succession of harsh winters, and last summer’s endless rainfall, Mr T urged demoralised gardeners to “hang on in there”.

Alan added: “With gardening, sometimes we get two or three years where it is tough, but it sorts the men from the boys. We must be patient and we’ll get there.”