Northern Ireland heatwave: Unprecedented rush for watering cans by gardeners
A hosepipe ban in Northern Ireland has prompted an unprecedented rush on watering cans.
Cans of all shapes and sizes have been flying off the shelves as gardeners seek to beat the ban on hosepipes.
Business has seldom been as brisk for watering can sales rep Neil Griffiths.
"The demand over the weekend was unbelievable," said the Co Antrim man, who works for Stewart Plastics.
"It caught me by surprise. It was only this morning when I got phone calls, I suddenly realised there's going to be a demand on watering cans. This morning we have had several orders, for five-litre and 10-litre cans.
"Older people would tend to go for a five-litre because they are lighter and with the 10-litre people are trying to get as much in as they can. There's lots of demand this morning, it's good for business."
Robin Mercer, owner of the popular Hillmount Garden Centre on the outskirts of Belfast, was forced to order a consignment of extra cans after a weekend which nearly cleaned him out.
"We probably sold more watering cans this weekend than we have in the last two months," he said.