GARDEN centres around the country are preparing to bloom into action this bank holiday weekend as aspirational gardeners set about getting their garden in order for the summer months.
Early March has been described as the perfect time period to plant the "hardy annual flowers", which will blossom later in the summer.
Vegetables such as cabbage, lettuce and peas grow best in the mild spring temperatures, while the March climate is usually perfect for the planting of roses and cherry blossoms.
James Keogh, from Rathwood Garden Centre in Co Carlow, is busy preparing for this weekend's expected rush with his staff.
He is expecting a surge in sales, and said: "I think with the weather leading in this week, people actually got out to the gardens.
"It's like a light switch has turned on with people, and it's now time to look out to the garden and to get a few jobs done."
His garden centre team is recommending people to get ready for the vegetable season as soon as possible and to "start sowing their seeds now".
Mr Keogh added: "Also, what are coming into colour in the garden are the camellias. You'd have your azalea and rhododendron.
"And then, for your pots at the door, we have primroses and campanula."