A ‘hobby gone wild’ for Tintinhull couple

FLORAL TRADITIONS: Yvonne Pullman and Frank Watterston on Porcupine and Roses lanes have loved selling their flowers for the past decade. Photo: Barry Smith 090514BSE02

FLORAL TRADITIONS: Yvonne Pullman and Frank Watterston on Porcupine and Roses lanes have loved selling their flowers for the past decade. Photo: Barry Smith 090514BSE02

A FLOWER-growing hobby has gone wild for one Tintinhull couple for Mother’s Day.

Yvonne Pullman and Frank Watterston have been selling flowers at their stall on Roses Ln (on the corner of Porcupine Ln) for 10 years.

“It started off as a hobby, but every year we would sell out, so we did more and more bunches,” Ms Pullman said.

“It’s a hobby gone wild.”

Mr Watterston said they were amateur flower growers who enjoyed gathering family and friends together for three days to bunch and sell blooms.

They now bunched and sold more than 400 during each Mother’s Day weekend.

It’s also very much a social affair, with family travelling from Newcastle to help out, with two days of preparation before opening day yesterday.

The couple run the stall just for Mother’s Day, digging out their chrysanthemums in September and planting them in November, ready for the rush in May.

Mr Watterston said chrysanthemums were still the flowers of choice for Mother’s Day.

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