Well, we really needed that rain as our gardens were getting so dry, but I’d be pleased if it stopped soon!
The torrential downpour has helped perk up my brown lawn and it has turned beautifully green, and water loving plants like my hydrangeas look so much happier and healthier.
The downside is that the rain was so torrential that it has battered the begonias, geraniums and the larger flowered summer bedding. I also had to rescue my blackberries! They’ve such a huge crop (Flower Power fed!) that the line of plants (supported and grown along wires) collapsed under the weight of the crop and the rain.
I love talking to gardeners about how their gardens are doing, and this year it’s really interesting what different experiences we’re all having.
I’ve had a great year with my sweet peas; others have had their worst yet. My dahlias have been disappointing so far, others are delighted with theirs. My tomatoes look fantastic and I think it could be my best year ever, and Wendy, our one of our Floor managers, tells me that her plants have virtually taken over the greenhouse, they’ve grown so well; but my mate Don thinks he’ll have his worst tomato crop for years.
As keen QVC viewers will know, we’ve just celebrated Christmas in July. I wasn’t in for any of those shows but I have been filming a Christmas promotion for ‘Gardener’s Gifts’. We’ve just spent a really fun day, creating Christmas scenes complete with stockings, lights, and presents.
The only thing we missed was having Charlie, Craig, Dale, Miceal and Simon dressed up as little elves. Sadly, none of them seemed to be available for the day!
The other excitement has been launching my 2016 Gardener’s Diary. Previous year’s diaries have sold out extra early, we have printed a few more this year but it is already selling even faster than before. So if you’re thinking of buying one, don’t wait too long.
I’ve just seen the schedule for gardening shows over the coming weeks and we’ve got some very exciting new plants and bulbs planned. Last week, we featured the amazing Plants 2 Gardens Great Dixter tulips – special varieties that have proved themselves to re-grow and re-flower for a number of seasons.
There are lots more like these coming up over the next few weeks, so please join me to discover some very exciting plants.