Garden Party!


QVC's Garden Party venueWhat a grand setting for a Garden Party! Over the past couple of days, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some lovely QVC customers at a very special garden event in the grounds of Syon Park in London.

As ever when gardeners meet, there was lots of talk about the weather (the worst spring that most of us can remember).

It’s quite remarkable how optimistic gardeners are, after a few sunny days our plants have begun to romp away and we’re all enthusiastically looking forward to a really colourful and productive summer.

Julian was hosting the event and he was on top form, he even told a new joke this year! We were delighted to be joined by David Ponton (Hayloft plants) and Michael Perry (Thompson & Morgan) who were happily giving advice, help (and free plants!) on both days.

Garden PartyOne of the hot topics was the rapid emergence of lily beetle this year. Many customers had tried, and recommended, my Plant Invigorator as the best (as well as most environmentally and bee friendly) way to control the pest.

Plant Invigorator kills the bugs and their larvae on contact. After a few days, more will have hatched out so it’s important to repeat spray the emerging bugs through the season to get complete control.


QVC Garden PartyI’m delighted that we’ve just launched a special pack containing a ready to use spray as well as a bottle of concentrated which, when diluted, makes a whopping 25 litres of spray (product code 502959).

The weather sounds promising for the bank holiday weekend so it should be a fantastic time to garden.

Sadly, I’m not going to be doing that much as I’ve lots of shows on QVC including a very tempting Today’s Special Value on Monday (Carolyn Whetman cottage garden pinks… but don’t let on that I’ve told you!)

Happy Gardening!


  1. Peter David Roper May 9, 2013 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard
    a note for veg growers to combat club root distortion and carrot root fly,also get rid of moles try getting hold of some old soot and plowing this in to the soil and a thin layer on the top, i have found it has worked well in the past when i and my farther inlaw used it.
    also can people still get hold of pamang or (copper sulfate) to water tomatoes in conjuction with Flower power for even better results.

  2. Kay Lucas June 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, could you tell me what the wetting agent is called that helps water soak into soil please? The demo you use for it is two saucers of water one with and one without the agent then you place a brown fibrous cake into it and the one with agent in soaks it up way faster than the other

  3. Denise Ford May 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    hi Richard can you tell me how to plant my begonias in my easy fill hanging basket .Do I plant them all at the top and let them cascade down or do I put some in the side slots and some in the top

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