Shades of spring as daffodils bloom early in Plymouth
WINTER has yet to get an icy grip but a city garden is already showing signs of spring.
Daffodils are in bloom in Hooe, one of the earliest appearances ever, their grower says.
The first 10-inch golden flowers appeared a week ago and more have now opened up to make a cheery pre-Christmas scene.
"They usually come out a few days before Christmas but this is the earliest I've seen them," said proud gardener Brian Rickard, 73.
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"They have been out since last weekend. Everybody who goes past is amazed.
"We always seem to have the first out. People are always saying 'how on earth do you do it?'.
"We don't do anything at all. We just planted them and left them.
"I think it is because we are in a sheltered valley. These are in the front garden, which is south facing so it's a bit warmer."
The retired university technician said he and his wife, Mary, had no idea what variety the bulbs are.
"I haven't a clue," he said.
"It's team work. Mary does the weeding and I do the planting and digging.
"It does cheer you up seeing daffodils."
And there is more good news for anybody fed up with winter's gloom. Yesterday was the winter solstice, meaning the sun is now starting its slow march north in the sky and the days are getting longer.