The usually perfect vegetable displays at Chelsea Flower Show are at risk due to the erratic weather we have had this spring, a champion grower has said.
Medwyn Williams, who has won 11 consecutive gold medals for his crops at the show, which begins next week, said he has struggled to produce vegetables of a high quality this year due to the weather.
The hot days and cold nights, as well as the lack of rain, have caused gardeners to have to water around the clock. Many plants have not grown to be as large as they should have done.
The respected gardener, known for his varieties of beautiful vegetables which he grows in a small garden on the island of Anglesey, Wales, said the "disaster" had caused him to struggle to salvage his carrots, radishes and celery.
He told The Telegraph: "It's been a very weird year as it was very very hot, we had some hot weather, some cold spells and this week it's been really hot again. The vegetables don't like it, they just seem to be wilting.
"It's a disaster in some ways but hopefully we will have the stuff ready."
While his long carrots are symmetrical, large and perfect, he said his short carrots have suffered, and his watermelon radishes are smaller than he would have liked.
Mr Williams said from his family business: "The short carrots - it was too hot for them. I was nearly at the point of serving cooked vegetables straight from the soil.
"I should imagine this is the same for the other gardeners at Chelsea. People must be panicking."
Luckily, his star vegetable, a new variety of flawlessly white parsnip, has fared well as it was grown in a greenhouse.
He explained: "I try to showcase October and September quality vegetables in May. We have a new long parsnip that has done beautifully from the greenhouse. The greenhouse is a more stable environment."
The grower added that many of the other vegetables "aren't the quality we wanted but there you go.
"It was the worst conditions but the vegetables seem to want to live.
"It's taken more time than I'd have wanted to spend as I was constantly watering. This weatehr we have to water three times a day which takes times off the harvesting."