The promise of summer is so tantalising with those moments when the sun comes out and its rays warm your face, offering a promise of a glorious season ahead. With sun comes the first stirrings of life in your garden’s borders and containers.
Time spent outdoors, in the garden enjoying the fruits of your labour, is time well spent. However, those glorious afternoons wandering through the heavenly hostas, fabulous phlox and magnificent magnolia can only really happen after some advance planning, hard work and clever planting! That’s were we can help!
This Sunday will see the launch of Your Summer Garden, with myself and Richard Jackson. We will be bringing you shows throughout the day which will help you to get your garden summer-ready, right now!
There will be shows specifically about container gardening, which is perfect for me as I only have a balcony, no actual garden, so everything has to be grown in containers and, honestly, I need all the help I can get. Whether it’s Richard’s Flower Power or the gorgeous plants from Hayloft Plants and Home2Garden, I know I will be able to have a gorgeous display throughout the summer.
We also have a dedicated Tools For The Home And Garden hour, so whether you want to blast the car, patio or decking with the Karcher Pressure Washer or mow the lawn with the Webb self-propelled Petrol Lawn Mower, we have it covered.
Plow & Hearth will be having their own one-hour show as well. You can get colour, movement and a focal point in the garden with products like their 6ft Winner Spinners (available in lots of cool designs) or their Decorative Glass Garden Panes. Best of all, once all the flowers and plants have died back in the winter, your Plow and Hearth pieces will still be there giving you that dynamic colour and movement all year round.
As well as that, we have a brilliant Today’s Special Value that can help dress up and disguise those unsightly areas of the garden too.
We all have those areas (you know the ones I am talking about): the place were the bins sit, that pebble-dashed garage wall with the cracks in the render, the next-door neighbours’ unsightly whirly washing line… the list goes on.
Well, now there is a solution in the form of our expandable faux ivy privacy trellis from Compass Home. This trellis is perfect for creating a greater sense of privacy or intimacy in any garden, and can also be used for concealing those aforementioned unsightly items like bins and pipes. Better still, its materials are water- and weather-resistant, so no need to worry when it’s left out in the rain.
It’s also incredibly easy to set up and ready to put up straight out of the box, arriving to you complete with its own zip ties and ground support. My niece actually timed how long it took me to take the two trellis’ out of their boxes, place them in situ and get them secure. Just three minutes! From a very reliable time checker too, I must say!
For me, it’s completely changed how I use my outside space. I moved recently and my new flat has a balcony, which I thought would be great for the summer. However, it was only after I moved in that I realised the neighbours could see straight onto my balcony and into my kitchen, which has floor-to-ceiling windows. It was a real problem. I had no privacy at all and had to keep my kitchen blinds closed all of the time.
Having used two of the trellis’, it has completely transformed my balcony. I hardly ever used to go out there because of the lack of privacy, but now I have morning coffee there and can potter about knowing that I can’t be seen. I can now keep my kitchen blinds open all of the time too, which has in turn kept my kitchen brighter and lighter.
I couldn’t be more pleased and, as I look out at my trellis’, the greenery looks so realistic fluttering in the breeze, it will be a great backdrop for the rest of my containers and plants that I’ll be ordering during the event to get my balcony ready for summer. I am so grateful to this trellis, as it really has given me my balcony back. It’s like I now have a whole extra room outdoors that I can enjoy all year long, not just for the summer.
If you want to get your garden ready for the summer ahead, then join me for the launch of Your Summer Garden on QVC at midnight on Saturday night 6th May. The event will be running throughout Sunday 7th May, concluding with a three-hour finale from 9pm, once again with myself and Richard.
Until next time,