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World CML Day


As well as being Jewellery Month here on QVC UK, which I shall write about later in my blog, September is also Blood Cancer Awareness month. Until I was diagnosed with CML, just over three years ago, I had no idea that there were 137 different types of blood cancer and that 14,000 people in the UK lose their lives to it every year, a higher mortality rate than breast cancer. One of the reasons is that people don’t recognise the symptoms, so treatment comes too late. As I’m sure you all know, if you read my blog regularly, I am donating a percentage from the sale of each copy of my book to Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) but I wanted to mark World CML Day, with an extra donation.

World CML Day is on the 22nd September each year. The date was chosen because the disease is caused by the bottom of chromosome 22 and 9 swapping places and causing a mutated chromosome. Much as I would like to be able to run, or even walk a significant distance, I can’t, due to the late effects of Polio, so I decided to increase my donation to £1 per copy of my book sold on the day at any outlet including here at QVC UK and, for those of you who prefer Kindle, on the website that sounds like a South American river! Those of you who are already on the Waitlist will also be helping me make this extra donation as the books technically are not back in stock until 22nd September. Thanks also to those of you who have already bought the book and contributed to this great charity.

Actually, the books were almost not back in stock at all. I had placed the order from the printers and was expecting them to be here when I arrived back from Wales last weekend… they weren’t. When I rang on Monday, the order had not been processed. Mild panic ensued. The books were due to be delivered to QVC UK yesterday but needed signing and packing first. They arrived Wedneday, so I had a very late night getting it all done – who needs sleep anyway?

As an aside, I ordered yesterday’s TSV, the Magniflex mattress, and can’t wait for it to arrive. Ours has definitely seen better days – three house moves in four years can’t have helped!

I had had a very productive few days of writing in Wales so gave myself another day off last Saturday. I went along to my first ever book festival. The Chiswick Book Festival is an annual event organised by Torin Douglas, a former BBC Correspondent, and one of the speakers I wanted to listen to was Tasmina Perry as I have read several of her titles. Not only did I listen to her, we ended up having a nice little chat and she was very generous with hints and tips on getting books to a wider audience. She spoke about something called a ‘Street Team’, a gang of people who voluntarily promote books through social media. Anyone want to be in my gang … wasn’t that a song??

Julia and Tasmina Perry

After the book fair I went to my friend Natalie’s party. It’s always nice to meet up with work colleagues socially, and models Tania, Sally and Miriam were on great form!

Julia party

Julia party 2

After my day off, I spent the next four days virtually tied to the computer. It was worth it as I’m only about 8,000 words away from finishing the first draft of book two – very exciting. I’ve also been working with the cover designer this week – this writing lark really is full-on!

Selfishly, I’m quite pleased the weather has been a bit rubbish. At least I haven’t been stuck indoors writing while it was glorious outside. I ambled down the garden this morning for a breath of fresh air and to check on some of the plants I added to the garden this summer. The clematis and buddleia seem to have taken well, thanks to Richard Jackson’s Flower Power, and I like the wicker fans Chris put in to support them.

Julia's garden

I’m also delighted to report a decent crop of apples this year. Last year I had one solitary apple, which was put to good use in a Dorset Apple Cake, but this year I might be freezing a few apple pies – yummy.

Julia's apple tree

I was also wondering if any of you know what these flowers are? I have loads of them in the front garden but would like to buy some for the back – any ideas?

Julia Roberts mystery flower

So, I mentioned earlier in my blog that we are in Jewellery Month on QVC UK. Some of you have been commenting on the lovely pieces I have been wearing on air of late. They are from a range called Pomegranate which debuts tomorrow with me at 7pm.

Pomegranate ring

I’ve also had some really nice comments about my hair, talking about the shine but also asking how I style it. The shine is down to Philip Kingsley Elasticiser and I almost always style it with my EGO rollers. Kala was on air with me yesterday and she mentioned that apparently the rollers are going to be on air next week at a Superbargain price. I can highly recommend them, they are brilliant for my hair.

Ego rollers

Also coming up next week is the Decleor mini-series. I’m with Fiona on Wednesday for two hours from 8 – 10pm, after seeing lovely Anna Cookson for lunch and getting my hair cut at Aveda.

Today is Fashion Day on QVC UK, to tie in with London Fashion Week, and Fashion on Friday will be featuring a brand that only launched with us yesterday called Andrew Yu. I then have Join at 6pm (covering for Ali K who isn’t feeling too well – get well soon Ali) and Dennis Basso at 7pm.

See you all later
much love
Julia xx

PS Please remember to comment on here or my Facebook page, Julia Roberts TV, if you live in/near Swansea and would like to come to the Tea Party on 23rd October xx


  1. Beverley Russell September 18, 2015 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, the plant looks like Japanese Anenome to me. They can be prolific growers but don’t appear to like my garden!

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:14 pm -  Reply

      Hi Beverley
      Thanks for being the first to identify my plant – they seem to like my garden
      Julia x

  2. Liz Power September 18, 2015 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Love your blog..the plant is a Japanese anenome. I think they can be split so if you have some in the front you could maybe take a chunk for the back! Failing that, I got mine from Crocus..they also come in white.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Liz x

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

      Hi Liz
      Thanks for the tip about them coming in white – I think a mix of the two would look pretty
      Julia x

  3. MARGARET ARCHER September 18, 2015 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, great blog. the flowers look like anenomes. I have them in my garden and they flower for quite a few weeks. They are available in varying shades of pink/purple. You can split the plant you already have when it has finished flowering. Happy Gardening.

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

      Hi Margaret
      Glad you enjoyed my blog & thanks for the tip about splitting my existing plants after flowering
      Julia x

  4. Elfin September 18, 2015 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    The pink flowers are Anemone Japonica (Japanese anemones). They are a great late summer / early autumn border filler but can get a bit straggly and the leaves go yellow later in the season.

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

      Thanks for the info Elfin – lovely name by the way.
      Julia x

  5. Gillian hunt September 18, 2015 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    hi Julia I’m only a keen amateur gardener but think they could be cosmos. I have some for the first time this year and they have a lovely long flowering season. I have read life’s a beach and then and loved it looking forward to book number two. Stay well and don’t work too hard love Gill.

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

      Hi Gill
      So pleased you enjoyed Life’s a Beach and Then… Book 2 is almost finished so still on course for late November. I have had cosmos previously – the flowers are similar but the foliage is more fern-like I think
      Julia x

  6. Iris September 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Your flowers are Japanese Anemonies. They will take over the whole garden if you let then!

    Glad to hear you have more apples this year. I’ve spent most of this week picking,cooking and freezing apples.

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

      Hi Iris
      Thanks for the warning although we do have a few sparse areas so that will be quite handy.
      Haven’t picked my apples yet – didn’t know you could freeze apples!
      Julia x

  7. Elaine Seymour September 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    The flowers are japanese anemone

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Elaine x

  8. Sue Mellors September 18, 2015 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. The flowers are Japanese anenomes. Really no need to purchase anymore as they are easily divided and spread very quickly. In fact I have problems keeping them in control!!

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sue
      Thanks for the advice – Iris (above) said the same thing about keeping them under control
      Julia x

  9. Ness September 18, 2015 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I think the plant in the picture might be anemone September charm, it definitely looks like an anemone and my September charm look almost identical.

    Take care of yourself.

    Ness x

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:24 pm -  Reply

      Hi Ness
      I’m kind of hoping they are called September Charm – what a lovely name
      Julia x

  10. Kate September 18, 2015 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I think your lovely little flowers are japanese anemones – beautiful!.

  11. Kate September 18, 2015 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I think your lovely little flowers are Japanese anemones – beautiful!

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Kate – that has been the consensus of opinion
      Julia x

  12. Brenda September 18, 2015 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Julia, the flowers are Japanese Anemone (they come in white too). Hope this helps. x

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

      Hi Brenda
      I mentioned above that I think a mix of pink and white would look really pretty
      Julia x

  13. Hilary September 18, 2015 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    The plant is a Japanese anemone, easy to grow and late flowering – ideal for this time of year. Available in white as well…..

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

      Hi Hilary
      Glad they are easy to grow as I don’t have masses of time for gardening but I do like it to look pretty
      Julia x

  14. May Phipps September 19, 2015 at 12:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia . The plants you have are called Japanese anenomies. They grow well in shade as well as sunshine and are very hardy. I live in the west of Scotland where it us very wet and windy, although it was 20 degrees today. A beautiful sunny day. Good luck with everything you are doing.

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

      Hello May
      Thanks for the advice about growing well in shade too – my back garden has one or two shady spots & it’s not always easy to find colourful things.
      My sister lives in South-west Scotland – she is always bemoaning the rain!
      Thanks for your good wishes for my endeavours
      Julia x

  15. Christine Cairns September 19, 2015 at 7:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia – I always enjoy reading your blogs. The plants are Japanese Anemones – lovely!

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

      Hi Christine
      I’m pleased you enjoy reading my blog. Everyone seems agreed on Japanese Anemone
      Julia x

  16. donna September 19, 2015 at 7:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia the flowers in your front garden are Anemones. – a late summer flower. I think it is a perennial . So no work required !!

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

      Hi Donna
      Good to know there is no work required – always time starved!
      Julia x

  17. JEAN COLLINS September 19, 2015 at 7:57 am -  Reply

    Plants are Japanese anemone sold on QVC

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Jean
      I’ll save myself some money by splitting them as suggested above, although I think I may buy some white ones
      Julia x

  18. Morag Cade September 19, 2015 at 9:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    The flowers are what I know as Japanese Anenomies. They come in pink or white. Should be in garden centres now I would think.
    My white ones are in a large pot, so that they can be moved around.
    Best wishes
    Morag x

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Morag
      I’m off from QVC this weekend so will pop into my local garden centre for some white ones as I only have pink currently
      Julia x

  19. Carol September 19, 2015 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Hi julia, the plants are called Japanese Anemone and they come in different colours.
    Hope this helps.

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

      Hi Carol
      Thanks for replying – I think all you ladies are in agreement
      Julia x

  20. janice reeves September 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    lovely blog as always and glad the book is coming along so well, the flowers are a Japanese Anemone, Anemone Hupehensis, is its latin name, my daughter in law has them in her garden, and funnily enough were featured on Gardeners World with Monty Don last night. love from Janice, btw I won the Liz Earle goodies end of last year

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

      Hi Janice
      Pleased you enjoy my blog. Really close to finishing writing book two – then the hard work begins!
      How funny that the flowers were on Gardeners World!
      Hope you enjoyed your Liz Earle goodies
      Julia x

  21. sharka September 19, 2015 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, the flowers are japonese anenomes I feel sure and these you can dig up and separate them a bit like perennial geraniums.
    Hope this helps.

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sharka
      A couple of other ladies have advised the same thing so I shall try it
      Julia x

  22. Cheryl September 19, 2015 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    The beautiful flowers in your garden are Japanese anemones. I have them in my garden
    and they are very easy to grow. Also produce lots of flowers late summer / early autumn.
    Glad you making good progress with your new book. Look forward to reading it.
    Love Cheryl

    • Julia Roberts September 23, 2015 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

      Hi Cheryl
      Everyone is in agreement about the Japanese Anemones.
      So pleased you are looking forward to reading the new book – I’m looking forward to sharing the story
      Julia x

  23. Joanna Downey September 19, 2015 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, Thank you for another blog packed with news – do you ever sit down? I am in awe of the number of things you manage to cram into each week. Today has been one of those beautiful days in early Autumn; warm sunshine and the sky was what I call Mediterranean blue so I decided that it was time to take out the nasturtiums and plant the wallflowers. I didn’t really want to do this because they were still full of flowers, which the bees love, and losing them means the end of Summer. There were hundreds of seeds and I will dry them ready for next year. Having turned all horticultural I’ll answer your question by saying that your shrub is a Japanese anemone even though they come from China! There are many varieties and I have a border of them with white flowers. They are a fabulous plant from late August to October but they are quite invasive which is how we ended up with the border… I agree with the comments about your hair, it is glorious and always looks in fabulous condition – I feel a purchase on the horizon for the rollers. Love from Jo x

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 11:08 am -  Reply

      Hi Jo
      I am forced to sit down at the moment as I’m n a train on the way to my hospital appointment – meeting my new professor today.
      Thanks for your lovely comment about my blog – I do try to keep it interesting.
      I will definitely get some of the white variety of the Japanese Anemones as I think a mix would look pretty!
      Can’t recommend the EGO rollers highly enough – they heat up one at a time in a matter of seconds – perfect when you’re in a rush – and the super bargain price is pretty unbelievable!
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  24. Cindy Corrigan September 19, 2015 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    The flowers are Japanese Anemone, sorry don’t know the correct name. They are hardy and don’t seem to mind soil type.



    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 11:09 am -  Reply

      Thanks Cindy
      I can’t believe everyone seems to know this but me and I’m usually pretty good with plants!
      Julia x

  25. kathryn pemblington September 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia the flowers are Japanese anemone. you can get them in pink and white .hope this helpful.

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 11:10 am -  Reply

      Very helpful thanks Kathryn
      Julia x

  26. Irene Haddick September 19, 2015 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    The flowers are Japonese Anemones. So pretty

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 11:11 am -  Reply

      Thanks Irene – agreed, very pretty
      Julia x

  27. sue lee September 19, 2015 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    I call them Japanese Anemones. You can get lots of different colours. Sue Lee x

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 11:12 am -  Reply

      Hi Sue
      Most people have just mentioned pink & white – can you get them in other colours too?
      Julia x

  28. J Machin September 19, 2015 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Looks like japenese anemone.

  29. J Machin September 19, 2015 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Looks like Japanese Anemone.

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 11:13 am -  Reply

      Thanks J Machin,
      Julia x

  30. Sue Hawkins September 20, 2015 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    Your mystery plants are called Japanese Anemones. There are a few shades of pink available but the white is particularly stunning. I have found they take a few years to establish but once they are settled they romp away and can become thugs ! They have a long flowering period, mine have been in flower since July and are still going strong.

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 11:18 am -  Reply

      Hi Sue
      Thanks for all your information about my Japanese Anemones, I particularly loved the way you described them ‘romping away and becoming thugs’ – brilliant! Maybe you should write a book!
      Mine have also been in flower since July – so colourful
      Julia x

  31. Gail September 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, although I don’t usually leave a comment these days, I do read all your blogs and thoroughly enjoy them and love catching up on all your news.

    We rarely know the facts etc re an illness unless it effects us, I’m sure it was the same for you. But wow, 14,000 deaths a year from blood cancer, definitely 14,000 too many. Thrilled though that you are doing so well at the moment, but I do know how hard it must be at times. Medical advancement re treatments, cures etc is moving along at a rapid pace, so there is always hope for the future xx

    Your book writing is an amazing achievement; I really don’t know how you manage to concentrate when so much must be racing through your mind. Wonderful that you do so much for charity too.

    I love your new cottage, especially the garden. Love the fact that it is so secluded. It is lovely to see how well Daniel is doing. Seeing our children healthy and happy is all we Mums ask.

    I also know that living with something either life changing, or life threatening can make one more vulnerable, especially emotionally, so I know those comments would have hurt. Life can do ‘mean’ all by itself, we definitely don’t want or need any outside help (end of).

    Anyway Julia, I sincerely wish yourself and Ali Keenan continued good health.

    Lots of love

    Gail xxx

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

      Hello Gail
      Please do comment on here more often – trust me when I tell you your supportive comments are throughly appreciated.
      Our little cottage really does feel like home and, like you, I love the garden – just a shame that thanks to the weather we haven’t been able to enjoy it so much this year.
      I know you will be pleased to hear that on Tuesday we raise over £500 for Bloodwise – exact figure to be confirmed – which I am thrilled about. With that and the percentage from each book donation & maybe a bake & book sale at QVC I’m hoping to push it up to £1000 this year.
      Thanks again for your kind words
      Julia x

  32. John Draper September 20, 2015 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    The flowers in your picture are Japanese Anenomes or Anemone hupehensis. We have several in our garden in both white and pink. They are quite trouble free and easy to grow,

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi John
      Ooh – the posh name! Pleased to hear they are easy to grow
      Julia x

  33. Lesley Bryant September 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    the flowers are called Japenese anemones ,they come in shades of pink and in a white. They are perrenials and spread year after year

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lesley
      Maybe I’ll see if I can get a deeper shade of pink as well as white to go with my pale ones.
      Julia x

  34. Ellen Dawson September 20, 2015 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    The flowers on your blog are japanese enemies

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Ellen xx

  35. Pauline September 20, 2015 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Julia, the pink flowers are Japanese anemones. They also come with a white flower. The clumps will get bigger every year.

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

      Hi Pauline
      Pleased to hear they will spread – they are so pretty
      Julia x

  36. Joan Thomas September 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, flowers are Japanese anemones x

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Joan xx

  37. Pat September 20, 2015 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. The plant you are asking about is Japanese Anemone. I bought mine from QVC but they are currently on wait list. Hope this helps. They can be propagated but I’m not sure how.

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

      Hi Pat
      I wish I did more gardening shows on QVC then I would have known! I’ll try my garden centre
      Julia x

  38. Maxine Sewell September 20, 2015 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    In answer to your enquiry about the flowers on your blog the are called Japanese Anemones

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

      Thanks for taking the trouble to reply Maxine
      Julia x

  39. Sue Cope September 21, 2015 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia the flowers are anenomes very small but they spread a lot.Hope you are keeping well and looking forward to your book coming back in stock. Take care Sue x

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sue
      I wonder if you got the book on Tuesday? It sold out very quickly but I did manage to increase the advanced order so although it’s showing as waitlist there are about a dozen or so still available for delivery week commencing 12th October.
      Thanks for the flower info
      Julia x

  40. Gillian hunt September 21, 2015 at 2:04 pm -  Reply

    Oops sorry Julia I’ve obviously given you the wrong information about the plant I did say though I was only an amateur gardener albeit a keen one so I hope you will forgive me, from the snippets you’ve shown on here your garden looks lovely there’s nothing better than spending time pottering in your garden is there it’s very satisfying not to mention good exercise I love it. Take care Julia Love Gill.

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi Gill
      No problem. You’ve reminded me how much I like Cosmos – think I’ll get some next year
      Julia x

  41. Annette Roberts September 22, 2015 at 8:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just a quick one to let you know that I have at last ordered your book from Q and looking forward to its arrival. Hopefully, it will take my mind off recent events and I can get thoroughly lost in it.

    Just caught up on all the blogs I have missed over the past few weeks…you have certainly been one very busy lady and I’m so glad your hear about your progress and the next instalment, well done!

    Annette x

    • Julia Roberts September 24, 2015 at 1:45 pm -  Reply

      Hi Annette
      Good to see you back on my blog page and pleased that you’ve ordered my book – remember there’s no rush to read it, wait until you feel it won’t upset you too much.
      Yes I have been a busy bee but I really am enjoying writing the sequel.
      Hoping to get away for a week soon
      Julia x

  42. Jenny Smith September 25, 2015 at 12:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I have often read your blog and have watched and shopped with QVC for years.
    Today is the first time I have replied. Unfortunately we find out this kind of information when we have to face an illness, as a family we are learning more about a different cancer as my Auntie is in a battle with it.
    I felt the need to say congratulations for raising money to help find out more about it and hopefully in the end a cure, it is a lovely way which you are doing it.
    Wishing you and your loved ones the best of health and happiness.
    Jenny x

  43. Julia Roberts October 2, 2015 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Hello Jenny
    Thanks for your very kind comments. I’m sorry to hear your auntie is battling cancer – I wish her well and also to all of you, her family. My niece works in the pharmaceutical industry and she was an enormous support for me when I was first diagnosed.
    Every little bit of fundraising helps when searching out new treatment drugs so I am very grateful to everyone who supported the cause last Tuesday.
    Julia x

  44. Irene delamere October 17, 2015 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    Your blog was so interesting you are very busy I am waiting for your new book will get it on my kindle your cat looks beautiful I have 3 myself keep thinking positive x

  45. Ann November 16, 2015 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia – love the show as usual. But can you tell me what watch you are wearing? It really is lovely and looks easy to read – great for me as I’m as blind as a bat!!!

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