Like many of his plants, Jack Rudd is finding perennial success in DAMHA’s annual pot plant competition.
After coming third in 2016, his garden, in High Jobs Hill, Crook, was this year voted the best of all gardens in homes owned by Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA).
This means he receives £50 in cash and the coveted title of DAMHA Pot Plant Competition Winner 2017.
Being blind in one eye hasn’t prevented 96-year-old Mr Rudd from ensuring his garden is always immaculate.
He explains: “I have always loved gardening as a hobby and I plan exactly how I want my garden to look and what should go where.
“I plant a wide range of flowers, including tiger lilies, roses, hydrangeas and giant pansies.
“The secret is to ensure you dead head the old flowers, so they come back again next year, and plenty of watering.”
Judges Gordon Parkin and Steve Fergus, DAMHA’s President and Vice-President respectively, were particularly impressed by Mr Rudd’s huge hanging baskets outside his front door.
Gordon said: “We visited a number of gardens and whilst the judging is always difficult, it was obvious the effort Jack puts into his garden.
“He was a deserving winner, but we would like to also highlight the high standard of gardens in all the homes we visited. It’s pleasing to see how much pride people take in their homes.”
Second prize went to Janice Arnison, of Ferryhill, and third prize was awarded to Derick and Patricia Eltringham, also of Ferryhill.