VIDEO Spring Flower Show 2013.

A disappointing spring season failed to keep the crowds away from the Harrogate Spring Flower Show, as thousands descended on The Great Yorkshire Showground.

The appearance of a few April showers on Thursday and even hailstones on Friday didn’t deter the crowds.

25/4/13  Crowds flock to the  first day of the Harrogate Spring Flower show  yesterday(thurs)

25/4/13 Crowds flock to the first day of the Harrogate Spring Flower show yesterday(thurs)

With more display gardens and exhibitions than ever before the 2013 show is the biggest yet.

NEHS show director Martin Fish said: “There is so much to see at the show this year, we have more award winning gardens than ever before.

“Nurseries come from all over the UK to display and despite the cold late spring there are fantastic displays.”

Steven Fletcher, owner of Fernatix from Suffolk whose innovative display won best in show said: “This is the first show of this year and we did struggle to find plants to display.

“It’s nice to have a bit of sun, even though the rain is trying to come down.”

Matthew Smith from Brighter Blooms from Preston, said he struggled with the tulips for his ‘Tulips from Amsterdam’ themed display.

He said: “We had to bring these plants into green houses to get them to flower in time for the show.

“Things have been growing slowly rather than being killed off by the weather.

“But people are maybe being more cautious about what they buy as last summer wasn’t exactly great weather either.”

Jackie Gascoigne, a tour guide at Harewood House said their gardeners had similar problems preparing the Harewood House Trust’s ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ showgarden.

She said: “The garden is based on the Himalayan Garden at Harewood House so features exotic flowers.

“We had to force some of them for the show, the season seems to be about three weeks behind, though at Harewood itself most of the Himalayan garden is in bloom.”

Rae Beckwith Chairman of the Northern Daffodil Society however praised the late Spring for keeping the daffodils looking fresh.

Mr Beckwith said: “We have won a Best in Show award and despite the poor spring we have had 12 new exhibitors and 340 new flowers this year compared to last year.

“It has been a very late season, but it means all the flowers are looking very fresh.

“I think our exhibitors have been hopping in and our of their greenhouses with their plants in the lead up to the show.”

Although there are more showers forecast for over the weekend, visitors should not be deterred as around 70 per cent of the show is undercover.

The Spring Flower Show continues at The Great Yorkshire Showground until April 28.