After working at the weekend, on Monday I visited the Hampton Court Palace flower show to film the highlights for the garden inspiration shows on QVC this coming weekend. It's a wonderful spectacle as ever and the setting is breathtaking.
The large show gardens weren't quite as stunning as in previous years, but the small gardens (especially those on the Plant marquee side of the water) are fantastic.
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I loved the top award winning Heathers in Harmony garden, which showed an ingenious way to create a garden on a challenging sloping site.
I also loved the Coppella garden where I managed to have a brief chat with Professor David Bellamy who got so enthused about the beauty and diversity of English apples that he ending up jumping in the air in his excitement (check out the video above if you don't believe me)!
I'm just as excited about my tomatoes. The first trusses are turning red and hopefully I'll be picking (and eating) them this weekend. I can't wait!
You can see more from the show on this weekend's garden shows at 9am on Saturday and Sunday. I hope to see you then!
Back on the home front, after a relaxing week away on holiday, it was good to get back to the garden and see just how much everything had grown.
The highlight are my Regale Lilies which look amazing. I planted a clump of 20 bulbs last autumn in a border by a path. Each bulb has produced at least five flowers and their heady fragrance perfumes the whole garden, especially in the evening when the scent is at its most intense.
They're incredibly easy to grow, the only challenge is keeping the dreaded lily beetle at bay, but a regular spray with my Plant Invigorator quickly sorts them out.