Taking a look at Diki’s garden


Richard Jackson with QVC customer Diki What a lovely week! The weather has been fantastic, my new greenhouse has arrived, we celebrated the 12th anniversary of my garden shows on QVC and I visited a lovely QVC viewer who made a whopping bid on our Breast Cancer Care evening for me to look around her garden.

I met Diki (pictured with me, left) and her husband, Douwe, a few days ago. They live in a rural idyll in a charming house that they share with Charlie, their madcap dog, and, appropriately enough, quite a few Charlie Bears bought from QVC.

Diki has the makings of an amazing garden. Sometime previously, a keen gardener must have lived there because there are a few very choice plants including a yellow tree peony and a marvellous beauty bush (kolkwitzia) fighting for space in the borders. I suggested a good clear out, an annual mulch of the borders with some well-rotted manure and some planting of choice perennials, like Geranium Roxanne, around her pink roses.

Other news this week. I was delighted to see that a poll of readers of 'Which? Gardening' voted QVC as one of the their top ten garden retailers. Elsewhere, in 'Amateur Gardening' they report that an enterprising gardener has built a greenhouse from 1000 recycled two-litre plastic bottles. As their headline says, he’s got a lotta bottle!

Happy gardening,

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  1. Pat Pritchard May 1, 2010 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    I purchased the pack of 3 roses on your easter show, I planted them but the stems are brown. Should they be this colour or should they be green? They were brown when I received them. I look forward to hearing your advice.
    Many thanks
    Pat Pritchard

  2. Pat Varndell May 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    It appears I am not the only one having problens with the roses purchased at Easter – they are the same as the day they arrived your commen ts would be appreciated.

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