Paradise flowers and upcoming TSVs…


Bird of paradise flowerIt's always a bit of a gamble filming outside at this time of year. You never quite know what the weather is going to do! On Tuesday, we went to Wisley Gardens in Surrey to film an interview with Colin Crosbie, their fantastic curator, for our next Garden Inspirations show (to be broadcast on Saturday Feb 18th).

I was a bit apprehensive as my garden was still covered in snow, but I was delighted to see that it had all melted at Wisley. What's more, we were blessed with one of those glorious sunny winter days that made everything sparkle.

I was delighted to see lots of children visiting, many of them had come specially to see the Living Butterflies exhibition in the tropical section of the greenhouse. It was a lovely display and I learnt a lot too. Did you know that  caterpillars have over 3000 muscles – that's about five times more than humans!

Just outside the tropical section in the greenhouse, I spotted a beautiful bird of paradise flower. I've always been very fond of this flower as it was one of the first plants I grew from seed when I was young. Mind you, mine did take ten years to flower!

Back home, I'm busy preparing for something very exciting. On Sunday Feb 19th, we're announcing my brand new product for Container gardeners. It's the world launch and there's nothing quite like it on the garden market. It's part of the Flower Power Today's Special Value kit on that day. I'll let you into more of the secret next week!

Happy gardening,



  1. Alison Golledge March 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    I am a complete gardening beginner but would love it if you did a package designed for beginners with enough hardy, easy to grow flowers for about 3 pots, a bag of suitable compost and anything else that we may need! I never know which are the best plants for my pots, I want lots of colour and easy maintenance! Any advice?
    Thanks, Alison

  2. Ann Whitaker May 10, 2012 at 8:33 am -  Reply

    Dear Richard, I bought the Double Begonia’s at the end of March, planted them the ‘right way up’ but, they are still sitting in their containers in the greenhouse and there is no sign of growth at all.
    What have I done wrong????

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