Getting ready for Christmas


Julian and Jon It's been a great start to the festive season. One of my highlights of the run-up to Christmas is the annual trip out organised for some QVC buyers and presenters by Paul and Jon from Langdon European. We went out on Saturday and had a fantastic time.

Dale joined us for the supper, but then had to return to QVC for some late evening shows. The rest of us then went to a comedy club in Leicester Square and the three comedians were terrific. Julian picked up some new jokes, many of which he'll be trying out on his mum before telling them on air next year!

The picture (above) shows Jon's reaction to one of Julian's new jokes. Jon was due on air with Julian the next morning so he felt it would be diplomatic to be as positive as possible about the joke!

As the ground has been covered in snow and/or is now frozen solid, I've not been able to do much gardening but it does mean I've been able to get ahead on my Christmas shopping. Some of the presents are, of course, coming from QVC but my friend TV and radio gardening guru, Pippa Greenwood, has come up with a cracker.

For the past year, she's been offering a bespoke service helping people grow their own, including supplying her favourite vegetable plants, emailing weekly instructions and offering personal advice. It's like having her in the garden with you. See for more details.

In the news this week, Amateur Gardening reports that cabbage seed sales soared this year, ever since the veg was designated a superfood and it's also helped by the fact that breeders are making them sweeter tasting (not that my kids have noticed).

Elsewhere, the Chelsea Flower Show says that demand for show gardens in 2011 is bouyant but that Diarmuid Gavin still hasn't had his plans approved. It's a real shame as Diarmuid is a great asset to the show and his garden, one that hangs over the sky in one of the world's greatest cities, sounds amazing. But the infamous health and safety brigade at the RHS aren't as impressed. Let's hope he can win them over.

Happy gardening,


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