Hello everyone! With Chelsea talk a-plenty, I thought I would share Dan’s version of Chelsea… our garden, for which I would most certainly present a Gold!
After much persuasion and at THE busiest time of the year he agreed to participate in the local Open Gardens. Trouble is, this is the silly season as we call it, loads of jobs on the go and every client understandably wanting their garden done NOW! (Dan is a landscaper for those of you who don’t know.) He is completely up against it, but it’s amazing what can be achieved in the evenings and weekends when there is an actual deadline!
The green house is now ‘erected’, he has ‘pimped’ his shed with a cedar roof and a repaint. Gypsy had a ‘titivate’, (CRIKEY, just read that back and it’s sounds as though I’m writing a rather different kind of blog!!!) two lorry-loads of stuff slash rubbish were removed and perfect circles mown into the grass fifteen minutes before the first visitors… he does like to make me stressed at the last minute.
Whilst it was no Chelsea Flower Show, and no medals were awarded, it was lovely hearing such super compliments about the design and features, in particular the sunken trampoline now perfectly surrounded by living willow a mere nine years after planting it finally meets at the top! And it was wonderful to hear so many happy squeals as children dived onto it and then explored Gypsy. There was a lot of work to be ready, but the bonus is now he can potter and enjoy, I hope.
Unlike Chelsea where flowers are brought on, only our alliums are out in abundance, mind you with this warm spell I’m sure we shall see more colour coming soon and we certainly made note to add some earlier colour into the garden for next year. Michael Perry’s Gardening World with me on Monday June 11th will, I’m sure, be full of fantastic choices and lovely additions for all our outdoor spaces and it’s always a lovely show to be involved with.
Compliments were aplenty for my new cut flower bed too, so I happily accepted them of course! But let’s not forget the garden is Dan’s domain. I did however point out that behind every man is a good woman, caring and nurturing him so he can create such wonderful masterpieces!
I was given a rose called Claire Bear for my birthday and I can’t wait to see her bloom as she is in my bed along with a lilac that my lovely friend Alison Keenan bought for me. Roses and lilacs are special… though sadly yet to bloom so the verdant grass had to suffice for my photo of the Judith Williams Today’s Special Value!
Harnessing the beauty and power of the rose for skincare has been done incredibly by the superwoman that is Judith Williams! She is as lovely off air as she is on air, I love her on the Lunchtime shows as we get to have so much fun. The TSV on Tuesday 29th is from the Rose Stem Cell Collection, which combines the purest ingredients from nature with the latest innovations. It is suitable for all skin types, especially dry, sensitive and ageing skin. It’s most important to get the hydration yet balance the weight and feel of it on the skin don’t you think? Make-up goes on quickly and super easily and the value (particularly with a TSV) belies its brilliance, so do take a look if serious skincare feels inaccessible sometimes.
I have absolutely fallen in love with these…
A set of three pull cord lights which will be our TSV on June 11th, when I’m in Michael Perry’s garden! They aren’t glass so feel nice and robust and they are a great size so will make a fantastic feature and display just about anywhere. The remote control they come with meant I could illuminate Gypsy with a click of the button or a pull of the cord… being curled up with a book for that little bit longer is perfect.
Oh and I highly recommend my roomie Jackie Kabler’s latest book The Development, it was unputdownable!
Hoping you are enjoying this spell of warmth too, though as I type it hass rained and… yup the washing is on the line. Every silver lining has a cloud!
Lots of love,