Brightening gardens

IN BLOOM Crocuses at Portsmouth Cathedral and, inset, daffodils flowering in Bedhampton
IN BLOOM Crocuses at Portsmouth Cathedral and, inset, daffodils flowering in Bedhampton
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VISITORS were delighted to see flowering crocuses in the gardens of Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral in St Thomas’ Street, Old Portsmouth.

The brightly-coloured flowers, pictured, were first planted in 1999 by congregation members who wanted to see in the millennium with purple and golden crocuses.

IN BLOOM Daffodils flowering in Bedhampton

IN BLOOM Daffodils flowering in Bedhampton

The golden blooms arrived early this year amid the unusually mild January weather, and now they have been closely followed by their purple friends.

Brian Kidd, The News’ gardening expert, said: ‘There’s nothing that warms the heart more than a scattering of crocuses at this time of year.

‘It shows that spring is here and that summer isn’t far behind.’

Admiring the flowers, Brian added: ‘Readers can share in the delights of crocuses in the spring too by planting them in their gardens next October and November.’

Elsewhere many other spring delights were spotted in bloom, including these bright daffodils, inset, which line the pavement of Portsdown Hill, Bedhampton.