I’ve managed to dodge the showers this weekend and spend a little time in our garden. Olley and I are away so much with our frequent mini breaks in the motor home and weekends away that the garden gets a bit neglected. Being adjacent to woodland and having a good many trees ourselves, I tend to keep it fairly natural and low maintenance. However, I do like to add some colour with patio pots and hanging baskets.
As I potted up some hydrangeas that arrived on Friday I decided that it’s a very good thing that I like Richard Jackson so much (who is a lovely man, loved by all!) as his name and face seem to be on everything I needed for the job. From compost to container magic to root boost, I find that using his gardening products really helps with achieving great results even if, like me, you don’t know much about what you’re doing. Look at the lineup on my garden shelf!
You couldn’t ask for someone with more gardening experience than Richard, who has worked in the industry for 40 years. He’s appeared on gardening TV shows, written for many publications and worked with professionals in all areas of gardening, all of which had helped him develop the most amazing range of products – if you love your garden (or even just your windowbox!) you really must take a look at what he has to offer.
The hydrangeas were from Plants2Gardens and I’ve found that Ken Evans’ garden ready plants always flourish and impress. I also buy the smaller, plug plants like Thompson & Morgan fuchsias and my favourite every year, Hayloft begonias in shades of apricot, which are coming on really well in my sun room.
I planted them up into some plant grow pots that caught my eye on QVC. They have 18 five star reviews (only one review not top marks) only cost £11 and are designed to maximise the oxygen that gets to the growing roots of the young plants. They’re looking healthy but I’m going to give it another week before planting them up outside just to make sure the nights are past the risk of frost.
You can see the baby hydrangeas in their new home in the middle of the above photo, and to the left are pots planted with lily bulbs from Mont Rose – I have to cover the pots with wire because we must have a million squirrels living nearby who are happy to dig bulbs for breakfast.
I wouldn’t mind but they eat enough of what I put out for the birds that they really don’t need to forage in my plants.
I even caught one having a go at the apple tree my daughter Bex gave me as a thank you for helping to organise her wedding to Dan, although I think the muntjac deer that found his way in from the next door woods scared it away! I’ll be lucky to harvest any apples this year…
I must say, since I’ve been using Richard Jackson’s bird seed to feed the birds, we have seen a huge increase in the number and variety of birds we see in our garden. The birdsong is delightfully deafening at times, it’s a real pleasure to be in the garden.
I’ve used one of my recent QVC purchases, a Panasonic Lumix bridge camera, to photograph some of our feathered visitors through the window. The incredible zoom means that I can get good shots even when the birds are at the bottom of the garden.
We have two pairs of woodpeckers, one great spotted and one green and I was lucky enough to witness and photograph the green pair mating on our rather scruffy back lawn the other day! It’s a good thing we’ve progressed from film to digital photography, I would have run up a massive bill buying and processing film by now.
I’ll close now as it’s time to get to bed – I’ve an early start for the Morning Show tomorrow. It’s so much easier to wake now the sun is up before me – I hope it’s shining tomorrow.
And I hope it’s shining where you are too.
Best wishes to you