SUNSHINE and showers prevailed as judges took in the scents and scenes of floral displays across north Northumberland last week.
Teams of Northumbria in Bloom experts visited Alnwick, Felton, Warkworth and Wooler as part of the annual competition which aims to encourage towns and villages to blossom.
And while tours around Warkworth and Wooler were rain-free, the judges had to don their waterproofs and unearth umbrellas for their visits to Alnwick and Felton as the heavens opened and the rain poured down.
Felton was first on the agenda on Wednesday, where members of the parish council and Felton in Bloom showed off their displays to three bloom experts.
Around the same time another set of inspectors were given the tour of Alnwick, by Alnwick in Bloom representatives, and were shown the new beds at Robert Adam Court.
On Thursday morning, it was Warkworth’s turn. Two judges were shown around by the Warkworth in Bloom committee.
And the village has another visit this summer as it is going for the Britain in Bloom gong.
Finally it was Wooler’s turn where the Glendale Middle School pupils’ garden was on the itinerary.