Well by now you’ll probably have heard that the green-fingered Dale won the QVC presenters’ lily-growing competition with a gorgeous display – congratulations Dale! Due to me planting my bulbs late and in an overheated conservatory, mine were a disaster.
Never mind, I may well try again just for fun next year and see if I can actually grow some, because I’m usually quite good in the garden.
As the days draw in and autumn approaches, I’ve really been enjoying pottering around out there, so I thought that this week I’d share some of my favourite bits of the garden with you, before the frost starts to bite and the leaves start to fall. And once you’ve looked at that, there’s a review of an interesting weight- loss aid!
So – my garden. Here are my top five things!
And then, in June, just seven weeks later, it looked like this – taller than me! Can you believe it – SEVEN WEEKS! Best plant ever.
2. I call this “Tropical Corner” (pictured below left). I love big architectural plants like cordylines, phormiums and palms, and when I sit here it’s like being on holiday.
3. Purple petunias (pictured below right). Most of the flowers in my garden are either purple or blue. I’m slightly obsessed.
4. My swing (pictured below left). I don’t have children, but there is a big old oak tree in the garden that was crying out for a swing. So I got a local carpenter to make an adult-sized swing for me. Yes, he thought I was a little odd, but who cares? I love it – it’s so relaxing!
5. And finally, this is my little seat next to the pond (pictured below right). I found those great outdoor cushions online – they can even stay out in the rain. The perfect place to sit with a cup of tea and contemplate life.
I was reading the fashion magazines by the pond last week and it seems pink coats are a hot trend for autumn/winter. The next day I went to work and lo and behold, in my dressing room was a pink coat! It’s a sample of Centigrade Today’s Special Value offer – it’s a good one!
I’ve also been trying a very interesting new weight loss aid called the Malory Band (pictured below left). It’s basically a cord that goes around your waist under your clothes.
As you lose weight you can adjust the cord accordingly, so it also helps you monitor your loss. You can wear it 24 hours a day, even in the shower, and the idea is that it acts like an “external conscience”. If you eat too much, you know you’re going to feel uncomfortable as the cord will start to dig in, so you’re less likely to pig out!
Another benefit is that it can feel uncomfortable if you slouch, so it reminds you to stand and sit up straight. I have terrible posture when I sit at my computer, but with the Malory Band I’ve been sitting up properly. I’ve worn it for a couple of days now and think it’s very effective. So if you’re trying to lose weight, it’s definitely worth a try. It’s also made in Britain and costs just £21. If you try it, let me know how you get on!
That’s it for now, have a wonderful week.
Love Jackie x