A bloom­ing marvel

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

TUCKED away in a quiet cul-de-sac in Stock­ton is this stun­ning flo­ral marvel.

Fea­tur­ing a host of blooms in­clud­ing glad­i­oli, busy lizzies, be­go­nias, fuschias and bud­dleias, the gor­geous dis­play de­lights lo­cals.

The hid­den gem on Wens­ley Road in the Grange­field area is a labour of love for pen­sioner Billy Har­ring­ton.

Dur­ing the sum­mer, the 68-year-old dad and grand­fa­ther de­votes most of his day to tend­ing to the dis­plays.

Wa­ter­ing takes up to three hours, be­fore he starts on the dead-head­ing. On an evening, he and his wife Linda en­joy sit­ting out and ad­mir­ing the re­sults of his work.

As well pro­vid­ing a much-loved hobby in his retirement, car­ing for the gar­den is also a dis­trac­tion from his ill­nesses.

Billy suf­fers from di­a­betes and was last year di­ag­nosed with prostate cancer.

De­spite this, he main­tains a pos­i­tive out­look and says his gar­den stops him “mop­ing about things”.

“I can’t walk very far but the gar­den has kept me mo­ti­vated,” he said.

“I hope it will in­spire other peo­ple who are in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion to keep busy with some­thing they en­joy.

“It’s taken some time and it’s been quite in­tense but it does you the world of good.

“I do it all at my own pace. I’ll do a bit and sit down, do an­other bit and sit down.”

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