The success of Team GB's cyclists at London 2012 and Bradley Wiggins Tour de France victory are the unlikely inspiration for emerging trends in the world of gardening, including the colour yellow being back in fashion at flower shows.
Half of the 14 gardens at the RHS Malvern Spring Gardening Show will take sport as their theme, many influenced by cycling, and all of them will reflect the planting approach taken at the Olympic Park, where swathes of meadow flowers planted in a natural way were one of the most striking features for visitors.
Thanks to Wiggins' Tour de France victory plus the fact the Tour de France celebrates its 100th edition this year, yellow, described as having been a "colour non grata" for several years, is making a comeback, while cycling is reflected by gardens being planted with a spiral theme, some incorporating the red, white and blue of the union flag.
It's not all sport, though - tthe show, which takes place at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern from 9 to 12 May, will also feature a garden with a Doctor Who theme, 50 years after the character first hit the screen.
Three Counties Showground Communications Manager, Sharon Gilbert, commented: “The RHS Spring Show is the gardener’s equivalent to London Fashion Week where people get the first look at what all the best gardens will be ‘wearing’ this year.
"It’s wonderful to see the Olympic Effect has had a major impact on gardening but it wouldn’t be the Spring Show without at least one quirky show garden which, this year, is the Dr Who garden, without a doubt”.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.