Colourful or what??


Julia's garden How fabulous was the Nina Leonard TSV today – I absolutely loved the orange multi print. Apparently it sold out in 20 minutes flat – I do hope you got yours.

Talking of colourful, I managed to get out in the garden this week to do a bit of planting. Unfortunately I picked Wednesday, my day off, which was not very sunny but at least I got most of it done.

I concentrated my efforts on containers and just put in some begonias, mimulas, busy lizzies, geraniums and cosmos. All simple stuff but I'm confident that with the help of Richard Jackson's Flower Power, everything will be blossoming like mad in a couple of weeks.

I have done my Crystal Palace tub – it has a hardy fuschia in red so I always plant blue lobelia for the summer months to create the 'red and blue' effect – and I've also planted some strawberries this year for the first time in ages! What a busy bee!

I've arranged some containers around my solar fountain TSV and I think it will look really pretty when the plants have grown a bit. We've had quite a few birds visiting the fountain for a drink, in particular a pair of magpies.

I was really pleased to see them until earlier this week when they woke me up two mornings on the run at 6am when I'd been on the TSV launch the night before – I was NOT amused! I wondered what all the noise was about and today I found out… they have a baby! I watched it fly this morning… it was so pleased with itself.

I have a few days off after today so enjoy your week and see you on the 31st May!

Love Julia xx 


  1. Steven May 20, 2011 at 6:55 pm -  Reply

    31st may! You get too many holidays Julia! You deserve them though! Like the sound of the Crystal Palace plant! That made me laugh. You’ll need to get a red white n blue one for both of our teams!
    Have a lovely few days off
    Speak soon xxx

  2. Caz Jones May 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Your pots look lovely and I bet they’ll be fab and really colourful when they all come out! I’ve planted some strawberries for the first time too – they were a TSV a few weeks ago and came with 2 hanging baskets – they’re coming on nicely at the mo, but I haven’t hung them outside yet. Can’t wait for the fruit to grow so that I can have them with some Easyio Yoghurt and make some ice cream with them in my Cooks Essential Ice Cream Maker….yum @ strawberries and cream ice cream, strawberries and champagne, strawberries dipped in melted chocolate…shall I go on lol. Enjoy your time off Julia, and cya on the Q soon.
    Caz J xxxxx

  3. Linda, Glasgow May 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I love the garden too,your pots look great remember to post a photograph when they are in full bloom – i’ve been really spoiled this year and had a garden makeover!! – decking,fixed lighting and monobloc as well as some really lovely buys from QVC(love Richard Jackson for his expert gardening tips) and the garden centre, like you i’ve been planting pots which i find fill my garden space and give loads of lovely colour without much effort(now i like that!!). I love your stone tortoise(although i expected to see a ladybird to honour the lovely Simon Wilson!)- i’ve got a lovely wise old stone owl,he’s quite big so he sits in pride of place in my garden looking over us(i got him in a bargain bucket in the garden centre,he cost if i remember rightly about £4.99 – he was a real bargain and is an old friend now)i love his round specs sitting on the brow of his beak/nose? I did see the Pilates shows and as usual enjoyed watching Marjolein(she’s so knowledgeable)i’ve got spinal damage(right leg weak from damage to my sciatic nerve) and i,many years ago, e-mailed Marjolein at her website and she very kindly e-mailed me back with advice on how i could get the best from my Pilates premier(original wooden edged model) as well as my Aeroboard(i bought it seperatly) – i’ve never looked back – it was you and Marjolein that first got me into Pilates around 6-7 years ago – i mentioned Marjoleins knowledge but i’ve got to say that you have a great amount of knowledge re Pilates and excersice in general(i suppose Dan helps too).I bought the Smashbox TSV but haven’t received it yet, but i’m really looking forward to having “a play” it was such great value(TSV’s always are)and i use the primer every day so that will go into my stockpile as will the concealer but the eyeshadows and liners will be used immediately, i remember telling you about me buying the Bare Escentual’s box of eyeshadows earlier this year and not needing any more for a while!! Is three months a while? My philosophy is a girl can’t have too much makeup,nail polishes/lacquers and jewellery(fashion or precious metals/gems) and clothes,shoes and handbags(i’m a retailers dream customer-i say this blushing) so i suppose three months is an age(i’m trying to convince myself here eh!!) I really enjoyed your OPI hour yesterday – i love OPI and Nails inc(i think the two brands compliment each other as they offer different things) – i managed to get the two “Serena” sets with the white and red shatters in – i love this effect and have all the coloured “crackles” from Nails inc as well – i have now told myself that i will only buy my nail necessities(top/base coats,remover and treatments(Nail envy/Avoplex)for the next few months),but i know i’m a sucker for anything “new” so we’ll see eh! I do drive and the suggestion from Una re the seatbelt makes a load of sense, this could become as mysterious as crop circles we might never get to the root of things but isn’t is surprising how many people are having the same problem – amazing. Lovely to speak to you as usual Julia – look after yourself and i’ll see you next time on QVC(i heard you say yesterday that you may auction your “trug” for BCC this year,i hope this is because your getting a new one and not that you dont need it anymore!! i can hear us all shouting “your going nowhere girl” Lots of Love Linda GlasgowXX

  4. Kathryn Sheehan May 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi there, enjoyed the Pilates shows and the Zumba shows, Anne certainly went to town didn’t she. I do own a Zumba DVD my partner got it from another site it looks the same as the TSV but without the sticks, but i have wrist weights so i use them. I enjoy doing it but it is hard to keep up. Are you off to spain again or just pottering around at home.? I’m off to spain at end of the month, going down south for 10 days to veiw a property, and have a break. I know we wern’t going to buy because of the wedding next year, but this one has come up and it’s to good to miss…. Can you tell me if the 400ml Elimis Tan Excellerator will be back to buy, i can’t find it on the Elimis page, my partner swears by this as he is a lot paler than me,and it so good for him. Would you mind asking them upstairs please.Thank you. Enjoy your break.
    Kathy x

  5. Magda Chetty May 21, 2011 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Your garden looks great, and it seems that you are having a really good weather in London. Here it has been changeable, days warm and lots of sun, and days we had the four seasons in one day, sun, wind, dark and a bit of rain.
    After my operation I have been watching lots of QVC to cheer me up, and my husband is been wonderful and telling me to order what I want, and in the last two weeks or so, I got more than 7 items, and every time I go to the post office I have somethings from QVC, it has been fantastic and it helps to forget about the cancer for a bit.
    And as I lost weight, I got new trousers from Bob Mackie, which are fab. I watched your OPI show yesterday and ordered some nail treatment as my nails are not doing so good after my diagnose.
    Enjoy your days off and hope you have great weather, to spend more time in the garden.
    Much love.

  6. Susan May 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Much easier to cope with pots isn’t it!? How lovely that you’ve got 10 days off now…you plan your hols well…luxury to get such a break! You’re missing some good shows though! Tiana B, Bare Escentuals etc etc. Are you going to your house in Spain? Wonder if it’s nice over there at the minute? It’s been a really bad May here!
    ‘See’ you at the end of May.
    Susan x

  7. Annette Roberts May 22, 2011 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    You’ve been very busy lately, not only with your shows but with your blogg as well, must take you ages to read all our comments and reply too…sometimes at unearthly hours, so enjoy your break and come back refreshed and rested!
    Spoke to a lovely lady in customer service about the B&W top…we had a right giggle, because she kept trying to say “sequined peacock” and it came out “sequined peaquin”! She got there in the end, but it was one of those moments that really tickled me! She could not find one I had received, so maybe a rogue one, or possibly it may be a new version, but in the wrong packaging, who knows. Anyway, we’ve sorted it now.
    Talking of birds, we’re still feeding ours and woke to a commotion the other morning at 6.00am and had a look out of the bedroom window to see 18 Jackdaws on the lawn outside…it was like Hitchcocks ‘The Birds’ movie, should have taken a photo, it was quite spooky to see that many.
    I used to like magpies until we heard screeching outside a couple of years ago. We didn’t realise that magpies take eggs and young of other birds in their own breeding season…unfortunately it was too late for us to help, so we shoo them away now, because we have robins, finches, collared doves, stock doves, sparrows and their babies. I know they have to eat too, but it was the worst sound I have ever heard and it really upset me when I realised what was going on. They are nice birds to look at, but not in my garden, if I can help it…sorry!
    Annette x

  8. Jean May 23, 2011 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Yes I saw you on QVC in the Nina Leonard dress, it was nice and it really suited you. You have been busy in the garden, the tubs will look lovely later on. I too have been busy planting the plants I got from QVC, and have been feeding them with Richard Jacksons plant feed, which is brilliant. And I have some strawberry plants for the first time, thanks to QVC. Will have to watch the birds dont get the strawberries first.
    We get a lot of birds in our garden, as we have a lot of countryside by us and sometimes when it is hot there are so many birds in the bird bath I think it is going to tip up.
    We get the magpies around the garden, only problem with them is that they destroy the nests of the small garden birds and kill the young. We get the green woodpeck and the red and white woodpecker in for food, they are beautiful birds, but very shy.
    Speak to you soon
    Love Jean XX

  9. Marian Bolton May 23, 2011 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia.
    We are off work this week and plan to be busy in our garden planting bedding plants. Of course, the wonderful weather we’ve been having has miraculously disappeared! Do look after your garden friends, you will be so well rewarded. We feed ours all sorts of goodies and have a daily array of birds visiting including very colourful ones like goldfinches, blue tits, green finches and, this weekend we’ve had a Woodpecker and a Jay. Your garden looks lovely and I especially love your idea of a ‘team colours’ planter. I’m going to run that one by my husband, (also called Chris), though it will have to be ‘Gunners’ colours. Sorry about that! xxx

  10. Una May 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    Arrghhhh, I HATE THE WIND. Was out today for the first time since I had my fall down the stairs, and came home to find my garden had been destroyed by the wind. Greenhouse… gone, fence….gone, my GORGEOUS apple tree…gone, plus most of the plants in the greenhouse…gone. I am gutted. WHERE IS THE SUMMER!!!!!!???!!!!
    Think i have to go have a lovely soak in the bath, with my Elemis frangipani and my midnight jasmine yankee candle belting out some gorgeous scents to calm me down.
    love Una xxx

  11. julia roberts May 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    The way my shift pattern works I am supposed to have a 5 day break every 2 weeks, so I just tagged a few days onto the end!
    A red white and blue tub would be a good idea …..very British! You’ll be interested to hear that I am going to the England qualifier with my son on June 4th. Because he is a UEFA B qualified coach his name went into the hat for tickets and he got allocated 2. He is taking me as a thankyou for all the Palace tickets over the years and as an early birthday pressie. Really looking forward to it as I haven’t been to the new Wembley.
    speak soon
    Julia x

  12. julia roberts May 25, 2011 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Caz
    Loving all your strawberry suggestions – we did chocolate dipped strawberries for my 50th birthday party ….. DELICIOUS!! You know I have an ice cream maker that I have never used so I think I will fish it out and start doing homemade ice cream, as well as homemade everything else – that way you can really keep an eye on the ingredient list!
    Julia x

  13. julia roberts May 25, 2011 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    No I’m not in Spain I’m in Canada – a friend of mine was coming out here to do some work for a few days and asked if I’d like to tag along – just had to pay for my flights and she got a very good deal! Sorry I’m not around to ask the buyers about the Elemis Tan Accelerator but as it’s their TSV this weekend I would check the website again as some stock may well have been loaded.
    I hope you like the house in Spain you are going to see…… you naughty girl!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  14. julia roberts May 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Hello Magda
    Hope you are feeling OK? Yes we’ve had some glorious weather in the UK – fantastic April but the south east is now needing rain!
    Sophie was in Spain for a few days with some work colleagues ( in Nerja) and she said the weather was mostly good but they had a torrential thunderstorm one evening.
    As I mentioned to Kathy I’m not at home I’m in Canada. I’ve never been before and will write this weeks blog about it. The weather here has been pretty crazy according to the locals – we already had one thunderstorm and looking at the sky we might be in for another!
    Enjoy your shopping and keep your chin up ….. or as Susan would say, just keep swimming!
    Julia x

  15. julia roberts May 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    No I’m not in Spain I’m in Canada, and I didn’t really ‘plan’ this break it just kind of happened!! I’ll blog about it – it’s been fun so far and planning on going to Niagra on Friday.
    May has been a bit of a let down weatherwise hasn’t it particularly after such a glorious April. Maybe we’ll get a good June ….. fingers crossed
    Julia x

  16. julia roberts May 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    You are lovely – I must confess I do sometimes feel a bit like a hamster on a wheel unable to get off – it must be age but I seem to get much more tired these days too! So this year my promise to myself was to space my QVC holiday time out better and so far it is working! Not sure how refreshed I will be after this trip though – we get back from Canada and go to a ball on Saturday night in Bolton. Then I have to head back ‘down South’ in time for ‘on air’ on Tuesday ………. it’s all go!
    I’m pleased you sorted out your B & W top – no point keeping it if it wasn’t what you expected.
    I didn’t know about Magpies either, but the friend I am away with had a similar story to yours and I’m now hoping they will stop visiting! The jackdaws must have been quite a scary sight on your lawn ………….. The Birds film really frightened me. I had already read the Daphne du Maurier book and I really think Hitchcock did it justice, which is not always the case when books make it to the big screen!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  17. julia roberts May 26, 2011 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    Glad you liked the Nina Leonard TSV dress on me – he had some really lovely things this visit.
    I haven’t seen our Green Woodpecker for a while and I don’t think we have the red and white one. We do get lots of birds but like you and Annette I’m not so keen on welcoming the Magpies anymore. What a shame that such a beautiful bird can be so cruel!
    I’m hoping that my Chris has remembered to water all my containers while I’m away – unless it’s rained of course.
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts May 26, 2011 at 12:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    Every garden should have a ‘team colours planter’ don’t you think, and it would be a boring old world if we all supported the same team ……….. no competitive sport!!! I’m all for competition, it makes us all try harder.
    What a shame the weather has spoiled itself, but I hope you got your planting done anyway??
    Julia x

  19. julia roberts May 26, 2011 at 12:12 am -  Reply

    Oh Una
    I’m so sorry to hear about your ruined garden – hope the Elemis and Yankee Candle soothed you a bit! It was really windy on the motorway drive to Manchester Airport on Monday – we could feel the car swaying around. The take-off wasn’t too bumpy under the circumstances. We were also a bit bothered with the latest Icelandic ash cloud but that seems to have moved away so hopefully we will be able to fly back as planned!
    Hope you manage to restock at least some of your garden
    Julia x

  20. julia roberts May 26, 2011 at 12:24 am -  Reply

    Hello Linda
    Yes I will post some pictures later in the Summer when the weather and Richard Jackson’s Flower Power have worked their magic! Lucky you having a whole garden makeover – I hope you get some decent weather to enjoy it. The stone tortoise was a birthday present from my friend Denise, who I was on The Price is Right with many moons ago. She is very into Feng Shui and apparently the ‘turtle’ protects the home. I don’t have any ladybirds myself, I just buy them for Simon – LOL!!!
    Marjolein is fabulous isn’t she – I owe her such a debt of gratitude for introducing me to Pilates. I do know a fair bit about fitness as I used to teach clsses in the 1980s, but it’s a good job I have Daniel around to keep me ‘up to date’!
    Hope you have been enjoying playing with your Smashbox TSV??? You do know we have quite a lot of Bare Escentuals over the weekend – your poor bank balance!
    I just thought ‘auctioning’ my trug for BCC might raise a little bit of money – not sure if anyone would want it though, and also not sure if I could part with it – 18 years of history! Thanks for making me feel ‘wanted’ in the best sense of the word
    Julia x

  21. Jess May 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    You will love Niagra, the falls are spectacular. If you get chance, try and visit Niagra On The Lake. It is beautiful.

  22. Steven May 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Sounds good Julia. Is it the Swiss England play on the 4th? Hope they win – only because you are going!
    Thank God its Friday tomorrow this has been a long week

  23. julia roberts May 26, 2011 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jess
    I am really looking forward to it – we have booked an ‘all in’ deal which does take us to Niagra on the Lake, we also get lunch and a ride on the Maid of the Mist to get up close and personal with the falls. I think I also read somewhere about wine tasting, but I think I should give that a miss…… hic!
    Will post some pictures next week
    Julia x

  24. julia roberts May 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Hello Steven
    Yes I think it’s the Swiss – just know it’s a qualifier! Daniel text me earlier to say the tickets have arrived! Lots of exciting things going on in my life at the moment.
    Once you are through Friday it’s the weekend ……. hoorah!!!
    Thanks for wishing England well in the footie – I know it doesn’t come naturally LOL
    Julia x

  25. Gary Neal June 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for the post Julia. Love the begonias! I got out and planted some tulips this week in my yard. It’s a little late, but hopefully the live! Do you have any tips to keep them alive?

  26. julia roberts July 21, 2011 at 12:28 am -  Reply

    Hello Gary
    Only just spotted this post so apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I think you might be a little early rather than late with your tulips …… I normally plant the bulbs in November to flower the following Spring. How are they doing?
    Some of the plants in my garden are doing really well, but the geraniums are desperate for a bit more sunshine!
    My Crystal Palace tub is in full bloom though – blue lobelia and red fuschia, and delighted to say my sweet peas are flowering too.
    Julia x

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