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Gardening Christmas stocking fillers

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RHS Chelsea Gold Leaf gloves. Picture; Gold Leaf Gloves
RHS Chelsea Gold Leaf gloves. Picture; Gold Leaf Gloves

Gifts for under £25

Still stumped for a gardening gift for your nearest and dearest? Have no fear, here’s a selection of stocking fillers to generate smiles on Christmas Day…

Glove makers Gold Leaf have launched a range of gardening gloves inspired by original botanical artwork from the RHS Lindley Library. The RHS Collection has three styles of deerskin leather gloves:

  • Chelsea, with the hand-coloured printed engraving of ‘The Great Scarlet Poppy’ by Wedell after an original by John Lindley (1799-1865).
  • Hampton, with the colour illustration of yellow rose Marechal Niel, originally by the renowned 19th century lithographic printer, G.Severyns.
  • Malvern, with a watercolour image of Iris Mrs Barnard by British botanical painter Lilian Snelling (1879-1972).

The gloves cost £14.99, available from The RHS, Hillier Garden Centres, Crocus and Harrod Horticultural.

Purepotions is a small independent skin care company, making award-winning pure creams, oils and salves. The Winter Essentials Bundle has three products, suitable for those prone to eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and other sore, dry or itchy skin conditions. Consists of Skin Salvation Intensive Moisturising Ointment 50ml, Skin Salvation Daily Moisturising Ointment 100ml and Skin Salvation Intensive Lip Balm 5ml, offer price £25, www.purepotions.co.uk/pages/special-offers.

Mr Fothergill’s windowsill kits – Herb Garden, Fragrant Garden, Strawberry Garden and Sunflower Garden – have a galvanised metal container, seeds, compost and instructions, price £7.95.

The Herb Grow Kit (£10.95) has three galvanised pots on a tray, basil, parsley and chives seeds, plus compost discs. The Grow Your Own Pesto Kit includes basil seed, compost discs, a ceramic pestle and mortar, and recipe instructions, price £6.95, www.mr-fothergills.co.uk.

The Perfect for Pollinators Flower and the Award Winning Vegetable Seed Tin Collections from Johnsons include 10 packets of seeds in a high quality, reusable tin, each with an RRP of £14.99.

For children, look no further than the Johnsons Little Gardeners range. Starting from just £2.50, there are Seed Starter Pots, Complete Grow Kits, Flower Mixes, Activity Kits – and a fully functioning Mini Greenhouse to build.

Johnsons Microgreens Growing Kit (£4.99), is the closest thing yet to ‘instant’ vegetables and are perfect for easy, all year round growing. Microgreens can be harvested with Micro Snips, (£3.99), available from garden centres and leading DIY stores and at www.johnsons-seeds.com.

Suttons’ new Seed Tin Range is ideal for veg gardeners needing more than the average amount of seeds. Twelve popular varieties for successional sowing are available, containing twice the amount of seeds than a standard pack, each in a handy tin, slightly smaller than a deck of cards. They look like the spine of a book, so they can be all lined up on a shelf. The seeds are split into three packets to keep them fresh. Each tin costs £4.95, or and six for £24, www.suttons.co.uk.

The RHS has a selection of calendars, all reduced:

  • RHS Gardens Wall Calendar 2018, 30.5 x 61cm, reduced to £8.
  • RHS Plant Grow Harvest Family Organiser Wall Calendar 2018, 31 x 30.5cm reduced to £8.80.
  • RHS Fruit and Flowers Slim Calendar 2018 and RHS Chelsea Flower Show Slim Calendar 2018, reduced to £4.80.
  • RHS Flowers CD Desk Calendar 2018: reduced to £4.80, www.rhsshop.co.uk/
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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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