Today I'm thrilled to be celebrating my 10th Anniversary at QVC. I've had so many fantastic times over the years and I'm just as excited about QVC gardening and meeting QVC customers now as I was 10 years ago!
I'm really looking forward to this year's Chelsea Flower Show. I was thrilled with last year's Bejewelled Garden and the wonderful response we received from the judges, the public, and the QVC viewers. And of course, it was great to win that silver medal.
This year we're really going for it with the QVC Garden, which is five times the size of the Bejewelled Garden. The QVC Garden looks incredible and we're in a prime spot this year, so the impact is going to be amazing. The designers have taken inspiration from the countryside and incorporated that into the garden very cleverly.
The Chelsea juggling act
For Sarah Price and her team, the weather in the run up to Chelsea can prove a bit of a nightmare.
If it's really cold the plants don't come into flower as quickly as you need, and you have to put them in greenhouses to speed up. If the weather becomes very hot you have to move the plants into coolers to slow down. And if it pours with rain it makes the ground conditions really difficult.
So it’s a real juggling act for the designers and you're on a knife edge up until Chelsea Monday when you have to have the garden ready for the Royal party and the judging. I've even offered to help Sarah this year with a bit of the gardening!
Meeting QVC customers
The Chelsea Flower Show is a great opportunity for me to meet QVC customers and I'm looking forward to talking to you about your gardens as well as showing you what QVC has done at Chelsea.
Last year our viewers took a pride in the Bejewelled Garden and that meant such a lot.
This year we'll be at Chelsea from about 6am on the Tuesday morning when the medals are announced – nervous as anything!
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