What a start to the New Year! I've been able to do more gardening outdoors this early January than I've ever done before at this time of year. On New Year's Day, I dug up and moved my David Austin roses. Mrs J hadpointed out that they were in the wrong position for her to admire the roses close-up and I had to admit she was right!
I replanted them close to a pathwhere we will all be able to enjoy, smell (and pick) these wonderful flowers. I dug good size holes and filled them with old compost thensprinkled in mycorrhizal fungi which really boosts their growth.
Next I planted some tulip bulbs I'd found lurking in the garage. They'll bloom slightly later than those planted in November, but, in a way, that's a bonus! After a few more jobs outdoors, I tidied up the greenhouse, checked mydahlia tubers and potted up some special ranunculus (persian buttercups) andanemone corms kindly donated by Carolyn Whetman for me to trial.
Last Friday, we filmed at Cambridge Botanic Gardens. I'd not been there before and I loved it. Their famous winter garden (pictured) looked stunning and the winter stems of dogwoods and willows were fabulous, especially inthe bright winter sunlight. I also loved the Victorian greenhouses, one of which was being prepared for a display of exotic orchids.
Then it was back to QVC for the weekend for our first gardening shows of the season. It's just great being back!