Regular readers will know, I live a peaceful life. I’m happiest in my potting shed. I work as a garden designer so most days are spent with plants. It doesn’t sound exciting, but it suits my nature, and I’m happy.
I’m always surprised when opportunities come along- taking me out of my comfort zone. I’m even more surprised at myself when I say yes!
Two years ago, out of the blue, a producer from BBC local radio phoned and asked me to talk about work. I’d designed some school gardens and was working with a charity to create a garden for disabled children.
A week later I found myself at the studios of BBC Radio Leicester, chatting on the Ben Jackson afternoon show. There were a few moments of panic when I learned it would be live- and I’d have to talk for an hour. But luckily- being radio- no one could see my knees shaking.
Despite feeling like a fish out of water, and going completely blank, I survived the ordeal. And then I was really amazed when they asked me to join the gardeners question time team on Radio Leicester’s Down to Earth programme. I am more of a listener than a talker, but it’s a lot of fun. There’s laughter and support from the more experienced members on the team.
Here’s a link to a recent programme. Whizz past the news to 06.00 on the timeline:
I’m telling you this to encourage you to ring up your local radio station and tell them about YOUR work- whatever it is. They have space to fill- every day! And they want to hear from you. It doesn’t have to be work. It can be a hobby. Or you might want to promote an event, or perhaps open gardens. It’s an opportunity you might not have thought about. And a little gentle encouragement might be all you need…..
Be brave- and remember, If I can do it, so can you. And you never know where it might lead. This week I went along to the Garden Press Event in London to report on the latest plants, seeds and growing techniques. I’ll share a link to the programme when it’s out on the BBC website. And more photos next time.
Ring up- and please let me know how you get on.
I love blue hyacinths, planted last October, and scenting the potting shed today
I’ve propped up the Carnegie white hyacinths with hazel twigs
Pottingshed shed window. I have to really tear myself away from my garden.
Thanks for reading.