Spring is coming!


Richard Jackson and the crew prepare for filming Forget the first cuckoo, it's when I do the first filming in the garden with QVC that I know that spring is well and truly on its way.

Last week, we recorded a thirty second trailer that will be used to promote the official launch of the gardening season on QVC (see the picture, left).

We filmed in a friend's garden, dodging the occasional shower, and, as ever, did a number of takes for each sequence. I must have planted the same sweet pea seeds about eight times, so I hope they still come up! Check out the video at the end of this post.

Last Saturday I planted my David Austin roses. I'd chosen three varieties – Queen of Sweden, The Alnwick rose and Tess of the d'Urbervilles – all of which had been recommended to me by Michael Marriott, their gardening guru, as especially good for cutting.

I planted them in groups of three of each variety, which, if you're lucky enough to have the room, creates a fantastic effect as the plants establish. My soil is heavy clay and slightly sloping, so it was blooming hard work digging out the wide and deep planting pits for each variety. When I finished I felt as though I'd had a real workout.

Part of the joy of being outside again was hearing the birds singing in the trees and I was interested to read in this week's Amateur Gardening that, according to experts, spending five minutes listening to birdsong can help beat the winter blues. Apparently they remind us that days are lengthening and that spring is coming. Judging by the noise my birds were making, spring definitely can't be far off. I can't wait!

Happy gardening


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1 Comment

  1. susan christopher March 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard I am based in Scotland and we are only now getting weather which is acceptable to working in the garden. Having looked around the garden I have lots of space to fill in. There is sandy soil in the garden and I would appreciate ideas for best plants to grow. My garden is just under an acre in size so would appreciate flowers/shrubs which will return each year. Also I love roses and need serious advice on how to keep them alive.
    Thanks Susan

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