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Claire Johnson | 12:14 UK time, Friday, 3 October 2008

If you do one thing this weekend, buy a hydrangea. Yep, contrary to popular opinion, hydrangeas are very much in.

If you do one thing this weekend, buy a hydrangea. Yep, contrary to popular opinion, hydrangeas are very much in. The trade press has been rabbiting on about them all week and, on tonight's programme, we'll be singing their virtues too. It's the paniculatas with their large white panicles that are stealing the show at the moment. They're hard to resist as I found to my cost when I took my friend, Daniel, plant shopping at the weekend. We were supposed to be choosing a few asters and sedums to add some autumn colour to his garden. But when we came across a display of Hydrangea paniculata 'Vanille Fraise', nothing, absolutely nothing was going to stop him from buying one! And boy does it look amazing.

But I digress... Tonight's programme is a cracker which I'm sure you will enjoy. Toby will be telling you how to store all those apples you're not sure what to do with, while Carol will be giving you a step-by-step guide to taking penstemon cuttings. And if you've ever thought about growing blueberries, then watch this show. There are several things you need to know. I'm definitely inspired. It's just a case of deciding what compost to grow them in.

With tonight's show in the bag, so to speak, I'm now having a think about next week's filming for the programme that goes out in a fortnight's time. We have two teams working on Gardeners' World at any one time, so that when one team is in the edit, the other one is preparing for filming. It's a never ending cycle that keeps you on your toes, but that's half the fun to be honest. Like many gardeners, we'll be planning ahead to spring, so if there's anything you'd like us to feature, please do drop me a line.

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