Hello to everyone again and welcome to my latest gardening blog
As some of you who watch Ideal World or follow me regularly on Facebook will no doubt know I have been away on a wonderful seven night cruise with Azamara Club cruises which was simply stunning and I feel very lucky to have been on such a lovely trip. I visited some great places but the photo I have picked from my travels shows some amazing bougainvillea I saw on a port call in Majorca.
Before I set sail I had loads of gardening to do at home but when I returned I was gobsmacked at how much everything had grown in just over a week – but I gather the UK weather has been really good – I know makes a change doesn’t it!
Luckily I had another day of holiday left at home before getting back to work which has really helped me get back on top of things. I am very pleased with my hanging baskets and pots this year as they are doing pretty well and are already quite big and full. I have also planted up three extra easy fill hanging baskets for my mum which I am dropping off to her on Sunday in York when I finish work. She has told me that the sweet peas I gave her a few months ago from the show are now in flower so I am looking forward to seeing them and having a good catch up with mum.
Hello again and welcome to my regular gardening blog
I hope you are all well and enjoying our ‘rather average’ weather!
I was out in the garden quite a lot last week as my brother and his family came to stay with us for his 50th birthday so I wanted to make sure the garden looked its best which it really did. I treated myself to an outdoor heater for the undercover seated area by the side of the house so we were all able to sit outside for longer on an evening and it actually was really nice (I may think differently when the electric bill comes in though!)
My other Presenter Picks are the Cushion Walk shoes which I have on Saturday at 9am and 12pm. Now I hear what you are thinking – ladies shoes seems a slightly odd choice for me as one of my personal favourites? The reason why I picked them is actually for my mum as she absolutely loves them and now has several pairs (here she is with one of her many favourites). Hopefully she is going to call into the live show too!
I must dash as I have loads of hanging baskets to make up today and quite a few planters to fill and the weather looks great outside for a change so I intend to make the most of it
This week I have had my mum come to stay to help me with the garden. She is 76 and has quite a few aches and pains but nothing serious. She is very lucky to still be, on the whole, very agile and able to do quite a lot of gardening – in fact her own garden looks amazing at the moment.
The weather was slightly colder than we thought it would be so mum had to wear one of my old jumpers so is not looking her usual stylish self in the photos! She did a lot of weeding and general tidying up for me though and used one of my heavy duty pots that I often talk about on the show to collect all the rubbish in. We spent the evening watching a film with a bottle of wine and the left over Easter chocolates so that was really nice.
I haven’t planted up any of my Summer hanging baskets or pots yet but that begins next week. I also have my brother Martin and his family staying next week as he has his 50th birthday so I must make sure everything looks really good for his stay.
Hello everyone or should I say “Hola” as I’ve just got back from my mini break in Spain!
My partner Jay and I stayed in a little place called Sitges which is around a 30 minute train journey from Barcelona and really beautiful. It is very quaint with some lovely beaches, bars and restaurants and also very friendly so we both had a great time and even made some new friends! The weather was perfect for me, around 20 degrees every day so I have come back with a bit of a tan and feeling great – all ready for our big Easter Event launching this Thursday on Ideal World at 8PM.
Like most keen gardeners I love observing all the Mediterranean plants and flowers on my holidays and it’s amazing how many plants I spotted in Spain that I have growing in my garden and greenhouse. The pictures show me next to a giant agave and also some bird of paradise plants, one of my absolute favourites. I’ve been growing one for years in my greenhouse which has never flowered but I’m hoping that might change if we have a great Summer this year. I also have an agave growing in a pot which I fell into once after one two many drinks and it was not a pleasant experience!
I gather I missed out on some great weather however too in the UK while as I was away with temperatures of 20 degrees+ which is incredible for April. I couldn’t believe how much had changed in the garden during the few days I was away and it all needs a good tidy up again. I actually have presenter Joanne and her family coming to stay on Good Friday so I definitely need to make sure the garden looks good by then as we like to compete a little when it comes to who has the greenest fingers!
Hello again gardening friends and welcome to my first blog for the month of April!
First of all thanks to everyone who ordered from the gardening show on our Birthday weekend, hope you all enjoyed the special deals and exciting new plants and products as much as we did.
Our 17th Birthday was the best yet (and I’ve been to all 17!) and I was so pleased to be a part of it. I actually worked quite a few extra days as I didn’t want to miss out on anything, but that did mean I had to sacrifice a few of my gardening days last week. However, as I was mostly on the early shift I did manage to get a few odd hours in the evening to do a few bits and bobs and the weather has been really sunny later on in the day so it’s been really nice to potter about early evening
I had ordered the patio sweet peas with pots last week from the Sunday Show as a present for my mum and they arrived really quickly so potting those up was top of my list. The quality of the plants was excellent and everything arrived very safely as always. Looking forward to seeing my mum soon and giving them too her, I know she will love them
Last week I pictured my narcissus looking fabulous but sadly because of the intense sun these are going back a little but the tulips are now in full bloom and looking wonderful so the garden is still looking really good for the time of year, even if I say so myself!
Thanks as always for reading
All the best
Ps One final important point- if you ordered lots of things from Sunday’s show or from any gardening hour don’t worry if everything doesn’t always arrive together in one go. Plants and products are sometimes sent In separate parcels for various reasons but often to make sure the plants are as fresh as possible.
Hello again all my gardening friends and welcome to my weekly gardening blog.
I’ve had a lovely time this week on my days off and have got quite a lot done as there has been a lot of sunshine around. I’ve managed to dead head all my baskets and tubs – I have about 40 of these so it’s quite a big job. I’ve also fed all my plants in the greenhouse, done lots of weeding and cut the lawns so quite a productive time in general.
It’s amazing how quickly the garden is changing now we are getting some warmer weather and we have changed the clocks. One of my favourite spring flowering trees has got to be magnolias. I have two different varieties in my garden and they have just started to come into flower over the past couple of days and look magnificent! I love the way they burst into full flower before producing their leaves, it really allows the flowers to be prominent and proud.
Now before I forget, don’t forget to put these dates in your diary for this weekend, my gardening shows at midday this Saturday April 1st and our regular 2 hours of gardening at 11am Sunday 2nd April. These are going to be extra special shows as it’s Ideal Worlds 17th birthday, they may even be FREE P&P on all the plants so please make sure you join myself and my great friend Angela
“Well as many of you know this week is Ideal World’s 17th Birthday and we all couldn’t be more excited! I have been with the channel since the very beginning and have many fond memories of our various birthdays and the crazy fun times that we always have.
The things I love most about the birthday are definitely the amazing deals and obviously the free P&P, but also the laughs and great atmosphere that Birthday always brings. We usually try to have all the presenters in over the weekend which means that a lot of us get to pop into each other’s shows and have a bit of Birthday banter. We also love to show more of the crew during this events and take you a bit more behind-the-scenes which can be really insightful.
Make sure you keep your eye out for me on some great shows during Birthday including lots of gardening hours – I am also definitely looking forward to the brand new Vibrapower Slim 2 Pick Of The Day launching from 9pm on Saturday night! I’m not allowed to tell you too much about it but if you want to tone up for Summer and loose a few pounds then this new addition to the range features the latest vibration technology and design and is believed to be the most effective yet. It is also exclusive to Ideal World customers too!
I hope you can join us for our Birthday from 5pm Wednesday 29th March – I promise it will be very entertaining with some great new products. It’s great to still be here after all this time and a lot has changed since I began but the heart of Ideal World has always been the same – Family Friendship and Fun.
See you soon, Shaun xx
Ps. The photo is of me is my first publicity shot when I first started 17 years ago!”
To be honest I haven’t done a lot in the garden since last time I posted, unfortunately on the few sunny days we have had I have either been at work or had already made plans to do other things so it hasn’t allowed me to do much outdoors.
My mum came to see me and stayed for a couple of days over last week and we had planned to do quite a lot of gardening but it really was too cold for her so we went out shopping for the day instead and then had a lovely evening in our village pub – the red wine there definitely warmed her up!
However, despite neglecting the garden a little over the past 10 days or so it really has started to come to life again. There are hundreds of narcissus bulbs now in flower which give the garden a true feeling of spring and my red crimson peach tree which featured on the gardening show over the weekend is now proudly coming out in the most beautiful blossom so hopefully it will bare loads of fruit. I really do love this time of year and it’s great to say goodbye to the winter and plan for the summer months and summer bedding.
I am actually in the process of choosing a new greenhouse as I want something quite big to work in with enough room to grow on hundreds of summer plug plants so I am looking forward to getting that sorted this week. I have also checked the weather for the next seven days and it looks pretty good so hopefully I will get a lot more done.
What is it about being away on holiday that brings out our most embarrassing, vulnerable and silly selves? Perhaps we unknowingly leave all of our dignity at the airport, or forget to pack our common sense. It’s as if the moment we slap on some sunscreen (Shaun we are looking at you…) or step foot on foreign land all logic flies out the door (Joanne and company you know who you are). Whatever the reason, a holiday is the perfect opportunity to leave your inhibitions at home and get involved (unwittingly or not) in some good old mishaps, misdemeanours and fashion faux pas (cough, cough Genevieve). Our beloved presenters share with us their good, embarrassing, and downright hilarious holiday moments. Enjoy, and try not to cringe too hard…
Now you may be feeling uninspired by the British weather to get out in the garden this weekend. But not to worry, that’s all about to change! We’ve got up to 50% off summer garden essentials this weekend, which means when the sun finally makes a reappearance, you’ll be ready to get out there and start planting!
We caught up with avid gardener Shaun to see how he was progressing in the garden, and what’s next on his gardening to-do list!
To help celebrate Ideal World’s birthday event, some of our much loved Ideal World presenters share their very personal memories and photographs with us. Get an exclusive insight into their fondest birthday memories to help us celebrate!