I always enjoy discovering new gardens and last week I was fortunate enough to visit Easton Walled Garden near Grantham. We’d arranged a special visit for members of my Flower Power Garden club and it was such a pleasure to meet and talk to so many QVC gardeners who joined us on the day.
The gardens are being lovingly restored by the owner, Lady Cholmeley, and feature colourful borders, flower meadows, stunning vistas and, one of the highlights, a picking garden full of the most glorious sweet peas, just coming into full bloom.
Lady Cholmeley personally took us all on a tour of her garden, and then we held a question and answer session featuring QVC gardening experts Ken Evans, Michael Perry and Rupert Precious. The team then talked about some of their exciting new plants planned for QVC over the next few months and there are some crackers to come! At the end of each of the two sessions, everyone was given a special goody bag which included a brand new hardy gerbera from Thompson & Morgan and a selection of plants from Plants2Gardens.
The event was a great success and we’ve had such lovely feedback from everyone that we will be holding more of them in the future. You have to be a member of my (free) Flower Power gardening club to be invited. For details and to sign up, see richardjacksonsgarden.co.uk.
One of the plants that we discussed at our Garden Event was Hydrangea Cotton Candy, our QVC Garden Pick of the Month for July (a fantastic offer giving you free P&P for the entire month). It’s beautiful, with large pink flowers that have a creamy green heart. It’s supplied with a fine square planter, and all you need to do is simply add some compost, pop it on your patio (in sun or shade) and keep it well watered and fed to enjoy years of glorious flowers.
At home, I’ve spent a lot of time in my greenhouse, dodging the rain. I’ve been picking the first cucumbers and my grafted tomatoes won’t be far behind. I’m feeding them three times a week with Flower Power and it’s promising to be a bumper crop. I’m also running some trials in my greenhouse, looking at a potential new product for QVC for next year and that’s looking very promising already. In the garden, all the wet weather has battered a few plants so I’m trying to catch up on my staking, and the other key job is slug control. It’s by far the worst year ever, but my organic slug pellets are doing a magnificent job in controlling the pests (they even get rid of those horrible, giant Spanish slugs).
It would be great to get out properly in the garden. All we need is a spell of decent weather! I was on a show with Simon Biagi recently and he said the sun is on its way. As he was a top weather presenter, he should know. So that’s a cheerful thought for the coming week!
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