What a cracking start to the gardening season on QVC. Even the gardening industry trade magazine ‘Horticulture Week’ commented on it and quoted Rupert Precious from Montrose and Ken Evans from Plants 2 gardens both saying how pleased they were that their plants were so popular so early in the year. I’m delighted for them, mind you I’m not surprised as they were offering some stunning plants including the cut flower market quality bare root plants of the gorgeous Peony Shirley Temple.
Due to a quirk of scheduling, we then had two weeks with no gardening shows at all! But we’re back on air on Saturday 30th. Then, on Sunday 31st, David Ponton from Hayloft will be returning after an extended break and it will be great to see him again.
I made the most of the two week break. I popped over to see the team at QVC France and then Val and I spent a couple of days enjoying Paris. It was bitterly cold but beautiful.
We visited a couple of art galleries and saw the collection of Monet’s Waterlilies amongst other amazing sights. Paris is such a stylish city, even the coffee shop at the Printemps department store had a breath-taking art deco stained glass dome roof.
Our daughter, Sarah, was left looking after Rosie, our dog, whilst we were away. I don’t know quite what has happened to Rosie since we started feeding her with Millington’s Dog Food (from QVC) but she’s had a new lease of life. She’s 13 but acts like a puppy. Sarah was exhausted on our return, she just couldn’t keep up with Rosie!
Another thing I’ve been doing during the break is organising some very special plants for my Garden Club members to trial, a year or so before anyone else. We’ve got some fantastic plants promised by QVC suppliers including a fabulous new multi-flowering Sweet Pea, an amazing golden pumpkin, apricot shades trailing antirrhinums and the world’s first hardy scented Rhododendron. I’ll be sending out details to members over the coming weeks so do sign up soon on www.richardjacksonsgarden.co.uk if you’d like to join. It’s completely free and there are lots of other benefits including free gardening advice.
The weather has been so changeable that I’ve not done quite as much gardening as I’d have liked. It’s odd, I’ve daffodils in flower but not Snowdrops, and I’ve muscari in bloom, but no early flowering crocus yet. Another thing I’ve noticed is that there is a lot of early slug damage and I read yesterday that the Royal Horticultural Society are predicting that slugs and snails could be particularly bad this spring. So, get sprinkling those QVC organic slug and snail control pellets soon!