The highs and lows of gardening


Well, we really needed that rain as our gardens were getting so dry, but I’d be pleased if it stopped soon!

The torrential downpour has helped perk up my brown lawn and it has turned beautifully green, and water loving plants like my hydrangeas look so much happier and healthier.

The downside is that the rain was so torrential that it has battered the begonias, geraniums and the larger flowered summer bedding. I also had to rescue my blackberries! They’ve such a huge crop (Flower Power fed!) that the line of plants (supported and grown along wires) collapsed under the weight of the crop and the rain.

New and improved Flower Power

I love talking to gardeners about how their gardens are doing, and this year it’s really interesting what different experiences we’re all having.

I’ve had a great year with my sweet peas; others have had their worst yet. My dahlias have been disappointing so far, others are delighted with theirs. My tomatoes look fantastic and I think it could be my best year ever, and Wendy, our one of our Floor managers, tells me that her plants have virtually taken over the greenhouse, they’ve grown so well; but my mate Don thinks he’ll have his worst tomato crop for years.

As keen QVC viewers will know, we’ve just celebrated Christmas in July. I wasn’t in for any of those shows but I have been filming a Christmas promotion for ‘Gardener’s Gifts’. We’ve just spent a really fun day, creating Christmas scenes complete with stockings, lights, and presents.

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gfgfgfThe only thing we missed was having Charlie, Craig, Dale, Miceal and Simon dressed up as little elves. Sadly, none of them seemed to be available for the day!

The other excitement has been launching my 2016 Gardener’s Diary. Previous year’s diaries have sold out extra early, we have printed a few more this year but it is already selling even faster than before. So if you’re thinking of buying one, don’t wait too long.


I’ve just seen the schedule for gardening shows over the coming weeks and we’ve got some very exciting new plants and bulbs planned. Last week, we featured the amazing Plants 2 Gardens Great Dixter tulips – special varieties that have proved themselves to re-grow and re-flower for a number of seasons.


There are lots more like these coming up over the next few weeks, so please join me to discover some very exciting plants.

Happy gardening!


  1. Davina Morris July 29, 2015 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    The rain also helped weeds re-appear even though used your weedkiller. But seeing you mention stockings in your Christmas promo, was hoping you’d get Claire or Catherine to model them LOL!! Oh sorry, not those sort of stockings!! Got lots of brambles growing up through weed membrane & gravel which is huge nuisance, but persevering in trying to get rid of them. Other plants are doing well though.

  2. wendy hudspith August 14, 2015 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard could you tell me what dates your on QVS so I can make a note on my calendar as I love to watch it thank you best wishes wendy

  3. wendy hudspith August 14, 2015 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Richard could you tell my what dates you will be on QVC as I like to watch what plants you have and tips best wishes wendy

  4. terry lello August 16, 2015 at 12:05 am -  Reply

    I have roses that I need to replant they are quite well established is it possible to do this and if so when is the best time to do this?

  5. Susan Dunkley August 20, 2015 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard I bought some Blue stars French Lavender plants in April, and was wondering if they should have flowered by now they are all looking healthy and growing well but no sign of any flowers.
    hope you can help.

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