I write this email in a semi state of relaxation. It has been a very busy year so far, not to mention a hectic May. This month, I thought I would let you have a little look behind the scenes of what a plant geek gets up to when he’s not in the QVC studios! Although, the month of May started off in the studios with some very exciting new shows!
I have been overwhelmed with the reaction to our new format shows. My favourites have been the Mindful Garden and the Urban Jungle. You can see in the screenshots how different these shows look for a start.
We have also adjusted the delivery a little bit, including a lot more stories and personal experiences. Some of you may have found that we have shown your photos on air too. Please keep sending them in! There’s no better way to show what gardens really look like.
Visiting my hometown
Anybody that follows me on social media knows that I am always here there and everywhere. I barely know if I’m coming or going sometimes! However, it’s a wonderful life and I relish every opportunity.
I spent a few days in my home town of Ipswich in Suffolk earlier in the month. This gave me the perfect opportunity to visit some gardens that I had designed and created myself. As part of a street improvement initiative, I’ve worked with the charity Activ Lives to create a tapestry garden and a graffiti border. They’ve had a few months to develop and were looking particularly swell when I visited.
I seem to be obsessed with succulents at the moment, it almost takes me back to my childhood. However, these are not just any succulents. I have been planting up lots of outdoor hardy succulents. They are amazing plants and everyone can grow them.
I’ve been planting up some containers for some how-to videos with QVC products. The medley of colours is just amazing, and that’s even before any flowers come out. These plants have leaves in all colours of the rainbow!
Me and my good friend, Ellen, have been out and about recording our podcast this month too. We are almost onto series two, and are very very happy with the results so far. We have been in and out of the top 10 charts since we released earlier this year and feedback has been wonderful!
It allows us to indulge in our passion of plants, and also shows our personalities. We have been visiting a wholesale nursery in East Anglia, and a very popular Instagrammer in Cambridge, although nearly got upstaged by a peacock! All these interviews are ready for series two, coming soon!
With my very mixed portfolio of work, I never quite know what email is going to drop into my inbox next. A couple of months ago, I was asked to model for a new plant label, would you believe?!
I travelled across to Holland for the job this month. I had to hold a begonia, and wear an undersized leather jacket whilst hanging someone a Campanula for this set of the pictures.
Chelsea Flower Show
Of course, May isn’t complete without the Chelsea Flower Show. It’s usually one of the last weeks of the month, and really represents the end of the spring season for me. And, I usually know I’ve got a break coming up afterwards…
I’m very lucky to be able to access the show on the Monday, when it is a little bit quieter, and there are a few celebrities around the place. Not that I get starstruck of course!
This year, I really enjoyed the floral marquee where there were plenty of exciting new plants. I also got involved in lots of promotion around the plant of the year, Sedum Atlantis.
We had it on ITV’s This Morning, and also on our QVC show… and we even had to book more stock during the middle of a live show. Now that’s agile selling!