GARDENERS from all over Scotland saw the results of months of care and devotion to their vegetables come to fruition yesterday.

The giant vegetables went on display at Cardwell Garden Centre, near Gourock, who were hosting the annual Strathclyde Leek and Onion Society Show.

There were almost 140 entries to 25 categories in the prestigious event, with displays of enormous onions, carrots and other vegetables, such as potatoes, cauliflowers and beetroot.

Some of the leeks on show were up to three feet high and prize money ranged from £10 to £45 in some categories.

Society chairman Arthur Provan, from Lesmahagow in Lanarkshire, said: “We’ve got people from the north, south east and west of Scotland coming here to compete, and everyone puts a lot of time and effort into growing and displaying their vegetables.”

The show’s overall winner was judged to be 72-year-old Alistair Gray, from Brechin, for his display of six perfectly-formed onions he had been growing since December last year.

Alistair said: “I grow my onions from pips cultivated from the previous year’s crop and a lot of care and attention goes into them.”