New year, new garden…


Cambridge Botanics Winter gardenWhat a start to the New Year! I've been able to do more gardening outdoors this early January than I've ever done before at this time of year. On New Year's Day, I dug up and moved my David Austin roses. Mrs J hadpointed out that they were in the wrong position for her to admire the roses close-up and I had to admit she was right!

I replanted them close to a pathwhere we will all be able to enjoy, smell (and pick) these wonderful flowers. I dug good size holes and filled them with old compost thensprinkled in mycorrhizal fungi which really boosts their growth.

Next I planted some tulip bulbs I'd found lurking in the garage. They'll bloom slightly later than those planted in November, but, in a way, that's a bonus! After a few more jobs outdoors, I tidied up the greenhouse, checked mydahlia tubers and potted up some special ranunculus (persian buttercups) andanemone corms kindly donated by Carolyn Whetman for me to trial.

Fountain at Cambridge Botanic GardensLast Friday, we filmed at Cambridge Botanic Gardens. I'd not been there before and I loved it. Their famous winter garden (pictured) looked stunning and the winter stems of dogwoods and willows were fabulous, especially inthe bright winter sunlight. I also loved the Victorian greenhouses, one of which was being prepared for a display of exotic orchids.


Then it was back to QVC for the weekend for our first gardening shows of the season. It's just great being back!

Happy Gardening


  1. Belinda Robertson January 21, 2012 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard.
    I love Flower Power! I have taken a photograph of my begonia corms to show the difference in their size between fed with FP and without, the difference is amazing, but i can’t find an e mail address to send it to you.
    Do you have an address so i can send it to you.
    Many thanks

  2. Danny McCarthy February 4, 2012 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    When should I start pruning my roses.
    Last year was the first year I planted them.
    Many thanks

  3. Cathy Holmes February 5, 2012 at 7:31 am -  Reply

    Hello Richard,
    I have just received the 1st Gardening Newsletter. I am excited to see you have a new product called Container Magic. I know I will have to wait until the 19th, but can you give me any information on it, or will I have to just be patient?
    Best regards
    Cathy Holmes
    (grower of 9ft tomatoes in France using Flower Power)

  4. Gill Clarke April 21, 2012 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard – Hope you can help me ! I need some advice about my favourite flower – honeysuckle. Every plant I’ve bought over the years has always got leaf mould and died, irrespective from where I have bought them. What am I doing wrong ?!!!
    Love QVC gardening by the way xx
    Gill 🙂

  5. Helen Mackay May 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    I bought 5 bare roots Hibiscus and out of those only one has green shoots on it. Will the other ones come alright?
    They look pretty dead at the moment.

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