The Christmas present list

It’s usually easy to buy a Christmas present for the gardener in your life – we are often delighted by a couple of cubic metres of mushroom compost or mulch, especially when combined with a promise by the giver to spread the present on the garden.

New garden tools, memberships in garden clubs or mail-order companies and gardening books are also popular, but do remember to perform a discreet check to make sure you’re not replicating something the recipient already has. Garden ornaments and water features are problematic. Make sure your gift suits the recipient’s style and garden space.

If you are young and fit and your gift is for an older gardener, one of the best gifts is your time and labour. Make up a gift certificate for X many hours of hard work and you will make your nanna very happy!

What to give those people who are due a little something, rather than a big gift? You know, you’re going around for pre-Christmas drinks or a barbecue and want to take something. It’s not too late to pot up an advanced plant in a pretty pot – annuals are best because they will flower well but don’t need to be looked after in perpetuity. Make sure you put a care tag in the pot so your friend knows how to look after it.

Herbs are really popular. An economical plan is to buy supermarket potted herbs and pot them on – do acclimatise them to the outdoors slowly before you give them as a gift. Being inside under lights makes them vulnerable to sudden temperature changes and bright sunshine.

Containers for potted plants are the other part of the present. Choose a nice ceramic pot or (cheaper) paint a terracotta pot with acrylics. Finish the present off with a ribbon bow and Bob’s your uncle!


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