Spring has sprung!

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Richard's orchidIt's just wonderful being out in the garden at this time of year. There's so much to enjoy – from the vivid red shoots of peonies emerging from the ground, to the first tulips bursting into bloom. Mind you, I can't spend that much time wandering around admiring the garden, as there's plenty to be done!

Last weekend I bought some snowdrops in the green, transplanted them in pots around the garden and watered them in with Flower Power to boost their growth. Popping into the greenhouse to do some watering, I noticed my window sill orchids (pleione) had opened up so I brought them indoors to show everyone (pictured).


This weekend, I'm sowing most of my flower and vegetable seeds in my propagator and also thinning out an overgrown clump of bamboo. It's got rather congested so I wanted to thin out at least half of the shoots to allow new stems to develop stronger, thicker and sturdier.

On Wednesday (28th March) we're launching an incredible new geranium Today's Special Value, which grows bigger and better – one plant will easily fill a 12" pot or basket. It has the most beautiful flowers and it doesn't need dead heading! We launch it at midnight so please join me if you can.

Finally, I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our twoGarden Re-Leaf shows. We raised a staggering £11,500 for the Greenfingers charity to help them build more gardens at children's hospices. It was an amazing result and the charity has asked me to pass on their thanks to all our suppliers, to the team at QVC who planned and produced the shows, to Claire and Dale who did such a great job presenting the shows and above all, to all the viewers who bought the special plants and products.

QVC was the only national broadcaster to take part in the inaugural Garden Re-Leaf Day and I was proud to be part of their team. Let's hope we can do it again next year.

Happy gardening!

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