PETAL heads at Harrogate Spring Flower Show will be putting some “va va bloom” into their displays this year as they gear up to create floral bonnets – using real cars.

Floristry students from across the north will swap vases for valves when they are given half of a car as the backdrop for their team entries in the show’s annual college competition.

Six small hatchback cars have been specially prepared for the show by Ripon-based metal recyclers K A Anderson and come complete with wheels, windscreens, wing mirrors and engines.

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Colleges have been tasked to create impressive large-scale displays on the front of the car – bonnet open or closed, it’s up to the students.

Floral Bonnets is part of the show’s spring theme, HortCouture, which will see a series of new features celebrating style trends in the home, the garden and the wardrobe.

The show runs from April 20 to 23 at the Great Yorkshire Showground.