Over the past few years, whenever I’ve talked about my Flower Power plant food, I’ve shown pictures of Flower Power fed plants grown by QVC gardeners. Over the past week, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting two of these gardeners and seeing their plants for myself.
Last Thursday, I went to Ipswich to meet Pauline Daniels (left) and her husband John. Pauline’s baskets of begonias were so big that I had trouble getting in the front door! In the back, Pauline had divided her garden into an area for her plants (over 70 of them in containers) and a big area of lawn for her grandchildren to play on.
Her patio garden was mouth-watering, with over 70 containers in bloom. A few days earlier, there had been some torrential rain and Pauline had spent hours tidying them up but by the time we arrived they looked a picture. Pauline told me that she had used other plant foods prior to Flower Power but since switching to my feed, she reckoned her begonias had doubled in size, some of them we were admiring were around 3ft tall!
A couple of days ago, I went to Bournemouth to meet Jean Willis and her husband Alan. Jean’s an award-winning gardener who also trials new plants for Thompson & Morgan. Her front garden is amazing. She’s built an area of decking, painted blue, and grows a variety of stunning containers on it and they’re so good that last year Jean won first prize for her containers in the Bournemouth in Bloom competition (this year’s results haven’t been announced yet).
In the back garden, there’s a lovely variety of plants, including roses and dahlias in borders and containers. It was a delight to see and I was pleased to learn that Jean reckons that Flower Power has helped her grow four times the number of flowers compared with her previous plant foods.
It was a real joy to meet both Pauline and Jean. After visiting such inspiring gardeners and their gardens, I returned home determined to grow even more bedding plants next year. Roll on 2014!