Preparing for spring with Michael Perry


It’s never too early to start thinking about spring. Indeed, some daffodils are already poking their heads through, even if they’re carrying a little frost… a few hours in the garden now can get you ahead for the warmer months, when growth will really ramp up, and the to-do list becomes far too long. So wrap up warm, grab a hot tea, and come outside with me this month!


Unless your ground is frozen, weeding should be easy this month, and it’ll really pay if you get ahead with this task! Leaving the weeds in place means you’ll forget about them come the spring rush, and before you know it they’ll be four foot tall and spraying their babies everywhere!

The Grumpy Gardener Extendable Cultimate Weeder is a simple to use tool that targets weeds effectively, even slicing between paving, and reaching guttering. You won’t need to bend or reach, and you can even do it one handed, keeping that hot tea in the other hand of course!


Bare root plants such as this Plants2Gardens Rose Nostalgia or Thompson & Morgan Perennial Collection, are basically dormant plants lifted from the nursery beds whilst they’re in their winter slumber period. It’s like buying the raw material of the plant, and you won’t be paying for the pot or soil.

Upon arrival, you may wonder why you accidentally ordered a “dead looking spider”, but don’t fear, this is the way the professionals grow. Planting these dormant plants is the best way, and it disturbs the plants less than any other planting method.

Get the depths right when planting thanks to the Digmathing XL tool from Grumpy Gardener, bare root plants and bulbs need to be planted at the right depth for best results..!


Winter can be a hard time for our gardens, and you may find some plants have become damaged in winds, or even toppled over under the weight of snow. Tidy your plants as soon as you can, preventing the spread of pest and disease, and keeping pride in your outdoor space.

Snip off any damaged, diseased or crossing stems from trees and shrubs. I’d recommend the Grumpy Gardener 5 in 1 Garden Multi Tool, which is much like a “Swiss army tool for gardeners”. It ‘s pocket size and can behave as scissors, as well as a knife.


It’s not all hard work though, winter into spring is the perfect time to dream about your summer garden too! A quick browse of the QVC website will uncover a range of colourful summer flowering plants for you to enjoy, or watch one of our regular shows to see our presentations – you’ll find out much more than if you just went along to the garden centre!

We do have some very special offers coming up later on in February, but I’m not sure I can tell you about those yet… so keep up to date with me on twitter and Instagram, and I’ll tell you when I can! But I do know that we have some fantastic new basket plants, and some perennials with bedding performance!

So that’s your early season guide to the garden and outdoor space! I’m trying to get my dad’s garden a bit tidier this year, so watch this space on those developments!!

Speak to you all soon!! 🙂


  1. Judy February 3, 2019 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Has Richard Jackson retired – haven’t seen him for a while.

  2. Brenda February 3, 2019 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Please could you deliver ur flower power to rep of irl. . Would certainly love to get my hands on it

  3. Gillian carr February 9, 2019 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    What can I use to get rid of creeping Buttercups?

  4. Jean February 16, 2019 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Got 2 Gertrude Jekyll roses from Austin Roses one is a normal shrub and other a climber shalI cut them down and feed as they’re not doing well?

  5. Elizabeth Smith February 16, 2019 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Where is Richard???. Not the same when he’s not there!

  6. Elaine Hopkins February 19, 2019 at 2:51 am -  Reply

    Hi, can you please let me know if QVC will be selling Thompson & Morgan’s fantastic “Sunbelievable Brown Eyed Girl” bedding plants again this spring and if so when? These plants were wonderful last year and I would love to buy them again this year.
    Thank you, I look forward to your reply,

  7. janet denby February 19, 2019 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Where is Richard Jackson speaking to friends we all miss him

  8. mrs b sargeant February 23, 2019 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    micheal brings a modern fresh look at garderning

  9. Andrea February 24, 2019 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi can you tell me how to stop ants eating my plants please even climbed wall into baskets

  10. roy price April 1, 2019 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    can you tell me please when you are getting any berni 3tier fountains in this year please

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