Catch up time


Lotto begoniasYippee! A bit of sunshine and warmer weather has made all the difference. All those stubbornly dormant plants are budding up beautifully, the grass is turning greener by the day and even the birds are chirpier.

Now that spring has really arrived, I’m trying to catch up on all those jobs that I’d been delaying until it got warmer. I’ve sown tomato seeds (Gardeners’ Delight and a new experimental super sweet cherry variety), a new experimental golden courgette, an experimental new form of basil that’s meant to be more tolerant of our very variable summers and a fast growing French Bean (called Speedy!)

I’ve also started feeding my plants regularly – with Flower Power of course- and it’s already making a big difference. This month we’ve been promoting Flower Power as QVC’s product of the month (with free P&P). A number of viewers have contacted me about one of the photo-boards that I’ve been showing which demonstrates the difference between two identical planters, one fed with Flower Power and the other not! They were grown by Margaret Heaven in Luton and I photographed them when I visited her garden. Since this photo was taken , a disease called Downy Mildew has taken its toll of busy lizzies so I don’t recommend growing them , begonias are a much safer bet (especially the giant flowered ‘Lotto’ variety).

But the picture shows just what a difference Flower Power can make. Late last week, I popped into Waitrose at Newbury to see one of their ‘pop up’ garden centres that they’re trialling at around 20 of their bigger branches (including Sheffield, Cambridge and Southend) this spring. The sundries were poor but the plants were superb. Understandably they had a small range but the quality was superb and the prices were better than you’ll find at many garden centres. I was especially taken with the box balls and pyramids as well as the herbs. Most supermarkets display and sell plants badly but Waitrose have done a great job.

Finally, I’ll always up for a celebration and next week we’ll be marking my 15th anniversary at QVC with a series of special shows with some great anniversary prices. It all starts on Monday 22nd when we’ll also be featuring a very special plant that has taken the gardening world by storm. Please join me next week to find out more…and to see if Julian has baked me a celebratory cake!

Happy gardening


  1. Jean Pugh April 25, 2013 at 7:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard,
    Yes it is great to be able to get out into the garden, but it looks like the frost is back at the weekend.
    I purchased the strawberry plants that were on QVC the other week, potted them up when they arrived and have been feeding them with your Flower Power, whow they have grown since I planted them and they look so healthy. Also the Lavender plants which I got from QVC a couple of years ago have also been fed regularly and what a difference. The plants are lining up for it. It really is fantastic feed. Strawberry plants were planted up in your compost, which is also fantastic, not all lumpy and dry like you buy in the garden centres. All the young plants recently purchased from QVC of course (Where else) have been potted up in this compost, and they are looking great, especially the geraniums. My daughter uses the Flower Power as well as she also say’s it is fantastic.
    Have recently purchased your slug pellets and weed killer. You certainly bring out some fantastic products. One more is the bird food, have ordered some more, the birds love it, no mess and no food left on bird table at end of day.
    Regards Jean.

  2. Lynn Brown June 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard
    You may recall that earlier in the year you demonstrated a wonderful chemical that you painted onto fences and patios it banished the ‘green’ and came up clean.
    I would love to know what this product is called as the lovely liverpool people cannot find it.
    Thank you Richard, my garden is looking stunning – thanks to your flowerpower.

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