Dreaming of a sunny summer and tending the garden


Decleor Gradual GlowWell I'm not sure if I've had duff information but I was expecting a Bank Holiday blast of sunshine and all I've seen is rain. I've whacked the central heating back on and my Egyptian tan is fading fast.

However I have been using Decleor's Gradual Glow which is fantastically brilliant and I even had a comment yesterday asking me if I had only just got back from Egypt (!), which amazed me. Hopefully we'll get great weather on the next Bank Holiday and I'll be with you in the evening, so I'll definitely be topping up the fake tan!

We tend not to go away over the holiday weekends as I can't bear being stuck in traffic. The last time we tried to get anywhere on a Bank Holiday weekend, it took us nine hours to get to Blackpool as the M6 was at a standstill – not my idea of fun.

Life in the Halliday household is as busy as ever! I honestly don't know where the time goes. My son, who is now 13, was invited to play his saxophone in Brussels to celebrate the 200th birthday of Adolphe Sax (the man who invented the instrument), so I was of course incredibly proud. He has moved into Jazz Sax and is now playing all the old tunes that I grew up with which is lovely. My husband and I can sit back at home with a glass of wine listening to him and it's like being in our own little bistro!

Richard Jackson's Flower PowerMy daughter is rehearsing madly for Les Miserables. She is playing young Cosette at a local theatre next month. All I can say is I'm packing the tissues, I think hubby will be an emotional wreck!

QVC meanwhile is bringing us a whole host of goodies. I must admit I love it when the gardening shows come around. Richard Jackson has been our resident gardening expert for many years on QVC and he really knows his stuff. I use Richard's Flower Power feed on everything in the garden for bigger and better results every time especially to get a great head start on my hanging baskets.



Hayloft Plants Japanese anemoneAlso, the Gardening Product of the Month for May is beautiful. They are Japanese anemones from Hayloft Plants, who have been coming up with some incredible offers for QVC. Definitely take a look – they produce stunning flowers and they will come up year after year!

Let me know what your favourite flower to grow is or let me know if there is anything you want us to get and I'll pass it on to Richard!


Happy gardening and let's hope the sun shines soon!

Jilly xx


  1. Susan May 14, 2014 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jilly,
    I know what you mean about the rain! Though I think the south is to have a great weekend, unlike us in the north and west! I can’t believe Taylor played his sax in Brussels! What an honour. How did he get invited? And Cassidy is clearly set to be on the stage! What a part to play. Lovely. Enjoy your weekend!
    Susan x

  2. Diane gilbank May 20, 2014 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi jilly, I just have to tell you how stunningly beautiful you looked last night on your diamonique shows! You must get the earrings and Art Deco pendant, your hair looked so good up too. I watched you a couple of years ago doing a red carpet event where you wore your hair up and looked totally glamorous, but didn’t ever get to tell you. So this time I made it my mission. So I hope this makes you feel gorgeous!! With love diane xxx

  3. Jilly May 22, 2014 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Hello Diane, thank you so much. I’m have having a quick cappuccino after the school run this morning and feeling rather old and tired and your lovely comment has made my day! Take care Jillyx
    Hi Susan
    Just to let you know, Taylor was put forward for Brussels by his music teacher. Thank you as always and will keep you posted!

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