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