Vegging out in Guernsey


Oliver the cameramanI’ve just returned from a fascinating trip to Guernsey. A QVC team and I have been visiting some of the professional growers who use Plant Invigorator and they showed me just how much it has helped their crops (which included tomatoes, cucumbers, clematis and freesias).

We filmed some of these plants (the picture shows Oliver, our cameraman, in action … it looks as though he’s eating a tomato too – what a multi-tasker!) and we’ll be showing the footage next spring.

I’ve always loved Guernsey, ever since I first started filming there with Grass Roots. The island has a very special and longstanding horticultural heritage and world famous growers like Raymond Evison are based there. The climate is just perfect for growing and the quality of their plant is second to none. It was a real pleasure to catch up with Raymond again and during our visit he showed us the remarkable transformation that is taking place at Saumerez Park where a team of volunteers is recreating a fabulous Victorian walled garden.

Back home a couple of days later, there were plenty of tomatoes to pick. It really has been an amazing crop this year and there’s still lots to come. My chrysanthemums and dahlias are putting on a stunning display still and they’ve really enjoyed the recent warm spell. So has the summer bedding – my geraniums and begonias still look pretty good so I haven’t wanted to replace them yet with the autumn bedding and bulbs. The evenings are getting cooler though and the first frost can’t be far off. So I’m making the most of the late summer colour while it lasts.

Happy gardening



  1. Margaret Merritt October 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard – have just read that Thompson and Morgon have brought out a plant named TomTato which combined tomatoes with potatoes – any chance of bringing it to QVC

  2. Lyndsey October 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    My geraniums are still looking really good too, and so many trees are still very green – what a fantastic autumn it has been so far!

  3. Jackie ann June 11, 2014 at 12:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard
    Just got to the bottom of my ‘Flower Power’ tub and wondered if you considered doing
    A ‘refill’ packet of it?
    Love the product – really works well and my baskets & tubs are looking great so thank you and keep
    Up the good work!
    Kind regards

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