The Christmas daffodil: Keen gardener discovers spring bloom in his flowerbed just in time for the big day
Brian Rickard saw the first daffodil bloom in his Plymouth, Devon, gardenThe keen gardener said that the flowers are his earliest blooms yet
19:53 GMT, 25 December 2012
While most of the UK continues to be deluged by rain – the early signs of spring have already made an appearance in one Devon town.
Keen gardener Brian Rickard saw the first daffodils in his Plymouth, Devon, flowerbeds bloom in time for Christmas.
The bright yellow flower made an appearance despite the town enduring 128.8mm of rain already in December – surpassing its monthly average for this time of year of 118.8mm.
In bloom: Keen gardener Brian Rickard is pictured outside his Plymouth, Devon, home with his daffodils which have flowered in time for Christmas
Spring on its way: Brian Rickard, right, says neither he, nor his wife Mary, knew what variety the bulbs were
Looking good: Although Mr Rickard usually sees his daffodils flower in December, he says that this is the earliest they have ever made an appearance
Although Mr Rickard usually sees his daffodils flower in December, he says that this is the earliest they have ever made an appearance.
Mr Rickard said: 'They have been out since December 15. 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.
He added: 'These are in the front garden, which is south facing so it’s a bit warmer.'
Three girls spot early daffodils as they walk to the pub for Christmas lunch in Westward Ho!, North Devon
Brian, 73, a retired university technician, said neither he, nor his wife Mary, knew what variety the bulbs were.
'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 at Christmas.'
Although normally planted in Autumn, daffodils develop their roots over several months before flowering in the spring.
Mr Rickard's daffodils were not the only ones to flower two months early.
More daffodils were spotted in Westward Ho!, Devon.