It's common knowledge that living in London is not always all it's cracked up to be. Alright you are in the heart beat of the country, there's always plenty going on, even on a Sunday but it comes with its relative draw backs. I live in a flat with no garden, I basically have no outdoor space, and I really don't like this.
Every now and again I get the chance to do gardening shows at QVC with Richard Jackson. I absolutely love it, my favourite show for sure! Richard is the almighty knowledge of all things garden related, he's a pleasure to work with and I'm picking up plenty of tips for the future when I hopefully have some outdoor space. This is why I was delighted when Thompson & Morgan asked all the presenters to grow their own lilies! They provided each of us with a container, a handful of bulbs and instructions (yes, instructions on lasagne layering of these specific bulbs and info on how often to water etc).
I revel in any challenge but this one was special as it gave me a chance to have involvement in garden related activity plus the type of lily meant they could be grown inside or out, suiting me perfectly. I have stuck religiously to the instructions, found a sunny spot near a window and watered them as appropriate. It took about two and half weeks before there was any sign of a shoot but then 4 or five popped up within days!
It's really rewarding to see the fruits of your loving labour flourish. Once the shoots come through the instruction was to water every other day but not over saturate, the lilies seem to like this they are well on their way to juvenile plants and I simply adore them. I've even sang to my lilies on occasions, albeit after a glass of vino, nevertheless they appear to like my northern dulcet tones (someone's got to)!
The silver lining is that there is a prize, Michael Perry from Thompson & Morgan will be judging! I'm yet to get clarification on the criteria as to whether its biggest or most impressive bloom but the reward is that a new variety of lily will be named after one of the presenters! Can you imagine a Chloe-lily, does it have a ring to it? I'm hoping the person with the least gardening experience (me) shows that you don't have to be an expect to get the most out of gardening! Just listen, digest and commence precise implementation. Easy!