A Scottish thank you is worth a lot. So says Balhousie Ruthven Towers resident Victor Quirie in a message to TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh.

Victor, 92, played a major role in the care home’s garden transformation when staff and residents took part in a gardening competition, Balhousie in Bloom. He worked closely with Activities Coordinator Lisa McGraw and became the Auchterarder home’s resident gardener as he drew on horticultural experience gained in his childhood.

Victor explained how his dad would get them helping in the family garden when he was growing up in Dunblane, Perthshire. He was allocated his own little plot in the garden and  “if you didn’t take care of it, no pocket money!”

The experience, and his hard work at Balhousie Ruthven Towers, paid off when the care home was announced winner of the competition by judge Alan Titchmarsh.

In a video message thanking Alan for the accolade, Victor admitted to being a fan of the TV gardener and joked that a Scottish thank you is something “you have to work hard for”.

View his message here: