All-new Flower Power, begonias and gardening tips


My goodness, what an amazing start to the QVC gardening year! Our first Today’s Special Value of a bumper pack of Wet & Forget last Saturday was a cracker, and I’m not surprised it was so popular. I was on air for eight hours of live shows on the day so I was pretty tired by the time I got home, but had a lovely time on Sunday celebrating Val’s birthday.

Wet & Forget

I’m extra excited about our next gardening TSV. It’s on Saturday 21st February and it’s the launch of NEW Flower Power. I’m itching to tell you more about it but I’m sworn to secrecy for a few more days. All I can say is that it’s new, and that it’s our biggest and best value tub ever! I’ll reveal all in next week’s blog!

Regular viewers will know that one of my favourite bedding plants is Begonia Apricot Shades and I was delighted to see Jean Willis using it to such good effect in her garden which won First Prize in the Best Container garden category in the nationwide competition run by The Sun last summer. Jean has been a keen user of Flower Power since I first introduced my plant food and you can see how stunning her garden is in this clip filmed by Chris Bradley.

Jean will, I know, be delighted to hear that for the next few weeks on QVC, we’ll be selling a new and improved form of Begonia Apricot Shades with even brighter colours, more double flowers and improved weather tolerance. I can’t wait to hear more about it from David Ponton, and I can’t wait to grow it myself!

Lots of flowers

Another first to tell you, this week I’m filming the first of a series of seasonal gardening tips which we’ll be featuring on the QVC Extra channel. I’m hoping that I can pop some of the clips on my blog page occasionally, so watch this space!

Finally, I took part in the RSPB garden bird watch recently and was chuffed to bits to see not only lots of my favourite birds during the hour long watch, but also a green woodpecker eating on the lawn. Then, just as the hour was coming to an end, I saw a red kite soaring over the garden. It made my day!

Happy gardening!

1 Comment

  1. ELAINE MCDONALD STEWART February 14, 2015 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    I have got to know Jean and Alan – her husband – very well over the years – Last year Jean won our Springbourne Gardener 2015 Cup – She’s an extremely capable clever funny lady a joy to know
    Ive SHARED the Blog with our Springbourne in Bloom Page
    We are a small Community Group here in Springbourne Community literally with a Big ”C”
    Interact and involved with our older people and Community Centre and whenever possible support other local Groups
    Not Trader or Business driven as Bournemouth In Bloom is and having very little to do with Bournemouth In Bloom we are plodding on trying to make a positive difference to our suburb
    This year we are entering our Junction into the In Your Neighbourhood RHS category
    and hoping to transform an area that has been neglected by the local authority which is literally the Gateway to Springbourne -In and around Springbourne Junction we have a large Garden Border we are cultivating a very unkempt large Kerbside and will be putting Planters out with Shrubs and Fruit Trees within and around the area
    When you have time please take a look at our Springbourne in Bloom Facebook Page

    Best Wishes

    Elaine McDonald Stewart
    Chair Springbourne in Bloom

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