I’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.