The beauty of QVC is that, even if the weather is dreadful (which it certainly has been recently!), you can still do some gardening from the comfort of your armchair. It could simply be picking up a few tips from our experts or, even more fun, buying a few plants and products so you're making a head start for the season.
You can even ask questions too. Hopefully, most of them are answered on the shows but occasionally we do run out of time.
I also try to answer blog questions on air and sometimes on here too! So this week, I thought I'd answer a few recent questions on flowers. Mrs Patricia Hinton asked how many giant flowered trailing fuchsias should be planted in a hanging basket. For an extra fast, extra full effect, I'd plant five in the top and five around the sides of a 14" basket. If you’re mixing with other plants, then five per basket would be fine. The secret with fuchsias is, once they’re getting established, to keep them well watered (as they hate drying out) and, just as important, very well fed. Flower Power will make a huge difference to the size, quality and number of flowers.
I’ve also had a couple of questions on Roses. One viewer asked when to start using Plant Invigorator to help keep greenfly under control? I’d suggest using it at the very first sign of attack ( often as early as late April) but it’s important to use it regularly as it works on contact so when eggs hatch/new greenfly appear a few days later (which they will!) , you’ll need to spray again. is a three in one, non-toxic product that will also give the plants a foliar feed boost and help control mildew on the rose. But if they’ve traditionally suffered from another rose disease, black spot, then use a fungicide like Systhane Fungus Fighter as well.
I’ve also been asked to recommend a fragrant rose that’s easy to grow. I love Margaret Merrill, one of the finest of the smaller growing garden roses. It has large white flowers, an exceptional fragrance, is disease resistant and is so special that it has the Award of Garden Merit. There are some other recommendations in my Container Gardening book including some ideas from Michael Marriott who has picked his very favourite David Austin Roses to grow in pots.