I stick to QVC for most of my bedding and perennials, as they're cheaper than the catalogues and, crucially, tell you precisely when the plants will be sent to you, but I do dip into the catalogues for a few other varieties.
As I've mentioned on the gardening shows, don't be tempted to buy plug plants from garden centres at the moment. The light levels are too low and the plants, however well cared for, are likely to struggle. It's far better to wait until early March when the natural light levels improve, which is why most mail order companies start sending them out then.
Having said that, I need a few plants to show on air to demonstrate how well Young Plant food works by boosting plug plant root, leaf and flower development, so I've started growing a few plants under grow lights in my greenhouse (pictured above). I'll give everyone an update on them towards the end of the month.
The sad news this week is that Anthony Heywood is leaving QVC on Friday. We've had some really good times together, presenting gardening shows, at customer events and filming in his garden. He's a great guy and we'll really miss him. Bon voyage, Ant, and best wishes for your exciting new career on the high seas.