Just a few of my favourite things. Send vouchers if you can’t get deliveries in time. After the 12 months we have had, I’m looking through and choosing a few items for myself. But I think we all deserve a treat or two. Don’t you agree?
Feel free to add your favourites in the comments below, and I’ll add them too. I’ve not been paid to recommend anything. Views, as usual, are my own. Keep this list handy all year round. I’ll be adding to it from time to time.
EASTON WALLED GARDENS
Easton Walled Gardens. Sells lovely little tins of sweet pea seed including heritage varieties, gardening gloves, twine, plant supports and all manner of gardening treats. There’s tickets for the snowdrop festival- or why not buy an annual pass. Worth more than one visit, all year round.
Orchids by post. High quality plants from the UK’s largest grower of phalaenopsis orchids. I like to support UK growers and these have proved to be reliable suppliers. Plants are well-grown and carefully packaged for posting. Beautifully displayed in glass vases and troughs.
Why not buy a voucher for a veg patch- whatever size of plot you have. I’ve had plants from Pippa Greenwood before and they are beautifully fresh and well packaged. The best aspect of buying from Pippa is the e mail guides that accompany the kits giving expert hints and tips on getting the best out of your plants. Highly recommended. Good value.
GEORGIE NEWBERY FLOWERS AND COURSES
Photo credit: Common Farm
Floristry courses, how to be a flower farmer, growing wedding flowers, and a multitude of other wonderful inspirational floral courses are on offer at Common Farm Flowers. Georgie Newbery is running the courses in person in Somerset, and delightfully, you can now also join in from anywhere in the world, via zoom courses.
I wrote about taking part in one of the courses here: https://bramblegarden.com/tag/onlinecourse/
To buy vouchers, flowers etc : https://www.commonfarmflowers.com/collections/workshops
Cotswold-based Genus Gardenwear has been making quality clothing and accessories since 2013. Well respected amongst gardeners, the clothing helps keep us warm and dry. Well made and long lasting. Above is the women’s Eden gardening jersey. There’s also silk liner gloves, merino wool wrist and neck warmers- amongst other clothing items. Also on the website, there’s Japanese secateurs and Hori Hori tools.
Beautiful seed packets and greeting cards. Gift cards start at £10.
BURGON AND BALL
Everything I’ve had from Burgon and Ball has been good quality. Tools and equipment are well made and long lasting. Something for every budget.
BELVOIR FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW
Advance tickets are on sale for the Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show. A lovely event held alongside the picturesque lake, set in the Capability Brown landscape. Plants and gardening equipment on sale, gardens to view, and horticultural talks to enjoy. A highlight of the summer calendar. 17-18 July 2021.
Read more about the show here: https://m.facebook.com/BFGFJuly/
Warm and waterproof clothing for gardeners. I haven’t tried these yet, but they are on my Christmas wish list. One thing I hate is to be cold and wet when I’m out and about. These look well made and stylish too.
THE LAUNDRY RETREAT – NORTH WALES
I’ve followed Tom and Jenny’s progress from start to finish creating a dream retreat at their beautiful North Wales home. I’ve earmarked a visit for myself and Mum as soon as we can travel. Vouchers for a holiday would be a welcome present for anyone, particularly garden-lovers, as Jenny has a dream garden alongside the roundhouse retreat.
ORGANIC PLANT FOOD -RICHARD JACKSON
This is what I used for my greenhouse and cut flower garden this year, and the results were fabulous. Everything grew robustly and flowers seemed to last longer. Using organic feed is important to me. I don’t want to kill beneficial insects, or poison the hedgehogs. Because plants were well grown and healthier, they were better able to fight off pest and diseases, and I didn’t need to use any chemicals. I’ll be ordering more for next season.
THE NGS – NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME
The NGS has had a difficult year with most garden visits cancelled due to covid. One way to help is to buy something from the website. There’s cards, notebooks, aprons and tea towels, for example. Also look out for zoom lectures of NGS gardens. It all helps the NGS support nursing charities. I’ll be giving a zoom lecture next spring, talking about how to get colour and interest in the garden 12 months of the year.
Rainbows Hospice helps children and young people who have life-limiting illnesses. They are £1 million down on fund raising due to covid lockdown and restrictions. Buy something from their website, or make a donation in the name of a friend or family member. You’ll be helping a wonderful charity doing essential work.
I treated myself to this gorgeous bag this summer. It’s beautifully made and I love using it. It’s hand -made in Shropshire. I like to support local businesses. Good value and unique.
GOLD LEAF GLOVES
I’ve found these to be the best gardening gloves available. The gauntlets protect my hands from brambles and thorns. Comfortable and hard wearing. They make gardening a pleasure when there’s painful weeds to tackle, or rambling roses to prune.
I found this small, compact and lightweight lawnmower a dream to use. No pull cord start. No electric cable to trip over. No running-out-of-petrol to worry about. Just an easy to use battery -powered machine. The 48V machine has a 35cm cutting path and a 40ltr grass collector. It has a fold-down handle for easy storage. It will cut 250m2 on a single charge. The battery can be used for 21 other tools in the Greenworks range, including a hedge trimmer, line trimmer, and leaf blower. More are listed on the website. As regular readers know, my youngest daughter is a nurse, often working on covid wards. To protect us, she could not come home at all. Luckily she managed to buy her own house this summer, and we gave her this mower to help her look after her first garden. It makes cutting the grass a quick and easy task, which is really important if you’ve spent 12.5 hours on your feet working.https://www.greenworkstools.co.uk/product/40v-35cm-lawn-mower/
I reviewed the Hori Hori here : https://bramblegarden.com/2020/07/10/niwaki-tools-review-and-some-garden-snips-to-give-away-gardening/
Buy from here : https://www.niwaki.com/store/hori-hori/
Garden News Magazine
A magazine subscription is such good value. There’s often free seeds. And you get the chance to peek into my greenhouse, potting shed and poly tunnel once a month, as I write a regular column all about what I’m growing on the plot.
One piece of equipment I could not have managed without this year is my Henchman ladder. No more wobbling about on unsafe steps. This one is solid and stable, with wide steps, side grab bars and a platform at the top for tools and baskets. The tripod shape means you can get closer to the tree, shrub or climber you are working on. No need to stand sidewards and lean over to work. Much safer to face forwards. It means I’ve been able to reach the top of my fruit trees safely in a year when all the fruit was needed, and it felt as if nothing should be wasted. Trees have been properly pruned for the first time in years. And now we are using the ladder to put up Christmas lights. No more swaying at the top of step ladders!
We love this little hedgehog house from WildlifeWorld . And what’s more our hedgehogs do too, as we have a nice plump hedgehog in residence! The hedgehog barn won new product of the year at the virtual Glee awards in Birmingham this year. It’s well-designed with FSC -certified timber, weather proof, and strong enough to keep hedgehogs safe from predators.
BIRD BOXES – THE POSH SHED COMPANY
While on the subject of helping wildlife in our gardens, these bird boxes are well-made and look beautiful.
Adds that special touch to your cakes and biscuits. Especially beautiful on wedding cakes (my daughters – please take note!)
BUY A ROSE.
Rose of the year 2021 – Belle de Jour
This has become my favourite rose this year. Flowers start bright yellow and fade to myriad apricot shades. There’s a lovely fruity scent, and flowers open out enough for bees to access the pollen, so it’s good for wildlife too.
Our rose came from Pococks Roses. Well packaged with eco-friendly materials. Compostable bags and cardboard. A sturdy, disease-resistant rose. Highly recommended.
CAKES AND BROWNIES BY POST
Just received a parcel (from my brother and sister-in law ) of the most delicious brownies I’ve ever tasted. Sadly they are sold out for Christmas, but keep hold of the details, and remember them for birthdays, weddings, thank-yous, friendship. Highly recommended. Ours was the classic brownie. I’m going to try salted caramel next!
CHOCOLATES BY POST
While we are talking about food, I’ve also just received a gorgeous box of salted caramels from a dear friend. It was just what the doctor ordered today, as I was starting to flag somewhat. These picked-me-up no end.
Beautifully packaged. Wonderful ingredients. Simply delicious.
CLAUDIA De YONG
Aprons, garden baskets, trugs, garden labels, garden tools, watering cans, garden bags. Stylish and rather lovely gifts for gardeners. A range of prices to suit all pockets.
VISIT CHENIES MANOR HOUSE
One of the UK’s finest Tudor mansion houses. Grade 1 listed. Magnificent, inspirational gardens. Gift ideas include annual membership, guided tours, afternoon tea. See website for offers.
I have a Vitopod propagator, a present from a friend. I use it with grow lights, which stops seedlings becoming leggy. I start off all my flower and vegetables seeds in it, and have never had any problems with the kit.
Do add any of your own suggestions in the comments below. This year we have all shared information, hints and tips to help one another get through. Gardening has been a great distraction from all the problems we’ve faced. And we are all looking forward to a better 2021, full of flowers, fruit, vegetables – and quite a bit of garden visiting, I hope.
Wishing you all a wonderful, happy Christmas. Thank you for reading and keeping me company this past year. It’s been much appreciated.
You are amongst 100,000 people who have read my blog posts. I’m truly grateful.
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Reader Sophie Boxall recommends Hive and Well https://www.thehiveandwellcompany.co.uk/
And Nutscene twine: https://nutscene.com/collections/twines
14 thoughts on “Birthday, Christmas and Anytime-Presents for Gardeners”
Easton Walled Gardens – I would love to visit. Orchids are divine, pure beauty, but I don’t dare with them even though I love them. I really like the idea of giving away a Pippa Greenwood garden voucher and more if you consider it a good value. I would love to do one or more courses at Common Farm Flowers by Georgie Newbery. Genus Gardenwear clothes for the cold look very warm and I love how the seeds. I have loved the Burgon and Ball showerhead and even more so if it is of good quality. Belvoir Castle Gardens and its flower show I wouldn’t miss it if I lived in the UK, I love it. I would love to have warm and waterproof clothing for gardening and going out into the fields. Karen I sincerely hope that you will soon be able to go with your dear Mother to Tom and Jenny’s house on vacation, and enjoy her spectacular garden. Karen I also use organic food for my plants and I love that you do too. Karen, please let me know when you will be giving the zoom lecture for NGS who does a magnificent job. Rainbows Hospice is a very special place – I am going to try to make a donation. I love your bag, it’s divine and it’s my it’s my style. The gold leaf gloves would be my solution as yours have been for brambles, thorns, …. I love the battery powered lawnmower and I am very happy that you gave it to your daughter for the garden of her new house. I love Niwaki’s Hori Hori knife. I was looking for something like that for a long time and you have shown it to me: I have seen your blog about it and it has just convinced me. I’m going to give it to myself for Christmas: thank you very much for the link. If I lived in the UK I would be subscribed to Garden News to read your articles and see your Greenhouse and your Politunnel. Karen your ladder Henchman is wonderful, I love it. Karen what an illusion! You have a hedgehog living in the hedgehog barn, I love it. I love bird boxes. Edible flowers: how appetizing. La Rosa Belle de Jour is divine, wonderful, very special: I love it. Karen what a detail of your brother and your sister in law: a package of delicious brownies, I love it and I love it. Karen I am very concerned about your health. For our friendship I ask you to do everything that your doctor has told you, please. You have to be strong and in good health. I’m glad that the chocolates your friend sent you is just what the Doctor has prescribed. Take them all, but not at once! Hahaha! Claudia de Yong, gift ideas, I really like. If I lived in the UK I would visit the Tudor Chenies Mansion, I love it. Karen I love your cornus heart, it’s divine. Health, strength, encouragement, positive thinking, hope and much love for your whole family, Mr B and for you. Take good care of each other and keep you safe. Loving caresses to the Three Musketeers. Karen I wish you a Merry Christmas full of peace, love, health and best wishes to all. Lots of love. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita xxx 🎄😘😘😘💟💟🤗✨✨✨✨✨🙏🎆🎆🎆💟
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Some lovely ideas Karen. Thanks for taking the time to share them with us. I purchased all my presents unusually early for me but my sister is a keen walker and has her birthday in February. I can picture her in that waterproof beanie hat so I will explore the website after Christmas. I treated myself to a hori hori knife a month or so ago and am really looking forward to testing it out properly 😄
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Thank you Anna, I must admit, some of the presents are being bought for our delayed ‘Christmas in May’ – when hopefully the older members of the family will have had their vaccines. We are determined that next year will be one whole year of celebrations to make up for the awful time we’ve all had this year. That beanie hat has taken my fancy too. And I rather like the idea of waterproof socks. The Hori Hori knife has been in constant use here. Don’t know how I managed without it. Have a lovely Christmas. Thanks as ever for reading and getting in touch. Much appreciated. Karen 😊
I bought some yellow gauntlets like those in your pic they seem quite tough, time will tell.
My very first Orchid, I think it is called a Moth, or Tiger Moth orchid, has continued to flower and grow since I bought it about a month ago. An achievement so far.
Have a peaceful and pleasant Christmas. I am sure the pets will have fun with you at home. X
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Thank you. The orchid sounds lovely. Thanks for reading and for your kind words. We are just two of us this year- plus Monty kitten, Meg spaniel and grand old lady cat Grace. We are going to set the table in the summerhouse so I don’t have to look at all the empty chairs around the dining table. Have a lovely Christmas. And let’s hope for a wonderful new year and much better 2021! 😘
Thank you Karen I have enjoyed a little recreational virtual shopping on a very wet dark afternoon. I was delighted to discover that Burgon and Ball have a good range of hand tools and that they make a little fork identical to the one I use all the time. It needs replacing, and I promise that this time I will take more care to ensure that it doesn’t disappear into the compost heap on a regular basis!
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That’s made me laugh, as I’ve just recently fished out my favourite snips from the compost bin. They need a good clean now. I’ve always loved everything from Burgon and Ball. Such a pleasure to use the tools and equipment. Well made and pretty too. Have a super Christmas and happy new year. Thanks for reading. Much appreciated xx
Lots of nice stuff Karen. Thank goodness I have got all my parcels sent off for Christmas already, but these are also good suggestions for gifts throughout the year. I love the Burgon and Ball things especially. 😃 xx
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Thank you Cathy. I sent my last ones off today. Phew. But have quite a few birthdays to buy for in the new year. Burgon and Ball are consistently high quality. Their products last for years. Have a great weekend. 🌼🌼🌼
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We have a number of offers at Chenies Manor House and Gardens that would make lovely gift ideas
1. Guided tour with Scone from £9
2. Annual Membership from £32 for 2
3. Afternoon Tea for Two £42
In addition, we are part of Historic Houses Association and have £5 discount for their membership with our unique code CHEN88 – which allows free or reduced entry to membership properties across the country. Search #GiftHeritage for more historic houses offers across the UK
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That all sounds wonderful, and very affordable! I shall be bringing my mother to visit, the very minute we are able to travel. Afternoon tea sounds just the ticket! Thanks for getting in touch. I’ll add a link to the main story. All the best. Karen
Please could you e mail me 2 photos of the gardens. The white tulips look lovely. Thanks. email@example.com and who to credit the photos to.
Lovely suggestions, Karen. I’d also add Nutscene twine; they do a little crate of coloured twines: https://nutscene.com/products/24-mini-spools-nutscene-heritage-twine or is it me who just loves garden twine?! I’ve also just been given a beautifully packed box of little beeswax candles and wildflower seeds from Hive and Well Company; https://www.thehiveandwellcompany.co.uk/
Did you make the heart and snowdrops wreath? It’s gorgeous.
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Thank you Sophie. That’s a lovely suggestion. I love Nutscene! I have used lots of it in my Christmas crafts this year. The beeswax candles sound lovely. I’m just looking now. I’ve got quite a few last-minute presents to buy, even though I thought I was organised! Thanks for reading the blog and getting in touch. Have a lovely Christmas x