When I first started on QVC (a fair few years ago), we were at the forefront of introducing solar powered lights to your garden. In those pioneering days, the solar panels were relatively large, not especially effective in our climate, and the lights weren’t that bright. Gradually, over the years, they’ve got better and better. The solar panels are much more effective, work superbly in our variable weather, and the lights are more powerful and longer lasting.
On Bank Holiday Monday, we’re celebrating our You Summer Garden event with the very latest solar powered lights from Luxform. They’re very stylish with a lovely swirl glass lens, super bright (with stunning 5 Lumen strength bulbs) and, fully charged, provide six to eight hours of light. So they’re perfect for creating that special ambience and bringing your garden, patio or balcony to life in the evenings. The value is incredible for such a high quality light, as you’d expect from Luxform.
The weather has been rather challenging so far this spring and that means lots of us are slightly behind with our gardening jobs. If you’re planning on planting anything this coming month, from potting up young plug plants to planting up your summer containers and baskets, my Rootbooster can help make up for lost time, and then some!
It’s 100% natural, one application lasts a lifetime and it helps to establish the plants faster, make plant food more effective, and encourage the plants root system to grow bigger and be more effective.
We’ve got a special promotional pack on offer this month, a 600g tub of Rootbooster with a 750g pack of Flower Power. Simply sprinkle in a few granules of Rootbooster when planting up, feed with Flower Power throughout the summer, and the combination will help you grow even bigger, better and healthier plants.
I ran a trial in my greenhouse using two chilli pepper plants so I could compare the results. The ordinary chilli pepper plant, fed with Flower Power through the summer, produced 43 chilli peppers (a great crop), but the one planted with Rootbooster and fed with Flower power, produced 71 peppers! It wasn’t a scientific trial (as I say, just a test in my greenhouse!) but to my mind, it more than proved the difference that one application of Rootbooster can make.
During the downpours and sleet showers in the past week, I’ve still managed to enjoy my gardening by sheltering the greenhouse – just look at the image below on the right, brooding skies above my Amelanchier shrub. I’ve potted on lots of my plug plants, re-potted my grafted vegetables (sent to me by Suttons to trial), and started my dahlia tubers into growth. My Flower Power fed Pleione orchids are looking fabulous at the moment (pictured on the left) and the insect eating plant (saracennias) are about to flower so it’s a good time to be in the greenhouse. Outside, I’ve re-staked my blackberries, spread some lovely crumbly homemade compost over the trial bed, planted out my sweet peas and started to spring clean the patio with Wet and Forget.
I’ve got this Saturday and Sunday off so, with luck, I’ll be spending a fair amount of time in the garden. One thing I won’t be doing is planting any of my slightly tender bedding out yet. In a normal year I’d risk it in early May, but the forecast isn’t good, so I’ll be keeping the plants in my greenhouse for at least an extra week this year. It’s one of those years when we need to play safe!
We’ve got some great shows on Bank Holiday Monday, including Easy Pay offers and some free P&P lines too, so I’m really looking forward to them. I’d be delighted if you can join us.