Inspiration for presents that will delight mothers
While it’s true that any gift or treat on Mother’s Day is a bonus, it’s perfectly acceptable to point your offspring in the right direction towards something you’d really like on Sunday, March 26.
With that thought in mind, here is my pick of lovely products with a gardening theme around this spring.
Try to look surprised on the big day…
Here is a selection from Dobbies which should cover all bases (and price ranges): shabby chic bench £119, delphinium cushion £14.99, powder Angela scarf £19.99, heart motif bowl £2.99, heart motif mug £2.99, orchid £8, glass orchid pot £7.99, planted containers from £20, www.dobbies.com.
These little bee stud earrings, from jewellery designer Bill Skinner, are gold-plated, measuring approx 0.5cm x 0.6cm, price: £25, from Berry Red, www.berryred.co.uk.
Create a lovely garden gift with this engraved slate plant marker, covered in waterproof lacquer so it can withstand all weather conditions. It is engraved with ‘Where Love Grows’ and can be personalised with a name in up to 10 characters. Dimensions 15cm x 10cm, price: £9.99, www.GettingPersonal.co.uk.
The She Shed Accessory Collection is made up of three personalised products – a tray, trug, and wine carrier – all in the same colour and wording in the same font. Made of sustainable FSC pine, they are professionally treated and coloured with free secure tracked delivery in mainland UK. Price: £79.95, from Plantabox, www.plantabox.co.uk.
Bring some beauty into your shed with this retro-inspired Orla Kiely tool box, featuring the instantly recognisable stem print, price £32.99. There’s also a red Orla Kiely watering can made from galvanized steel, embossed with a classic pattern. Price £34.99, both available from Inkoo, www.inkoo.co.uk.
The Nelly PVC Garden Kneeler and the Trudy Trug Bag in Lime Pink Roses are made of PVC coated cotton, price £17 and £40, from Ragged Rose, www.raggedrose.com.
Show off houseplants and herbs in this enamel pot, adapted from an original 18th-century watercolour by William Kilburn as part of a V&A range. Diameter 11cm, price: £17.99, from The Oak Room, www.oakroomshop.co.uk.
Give a unique gift with this personalised wooden planter, price: £24.95, from Prezzybox.com, www.prezzybox.com.
These V&A Garden Pruners have a non-stick coated blade for a cleaner cut, the blades have been heat treated for long lasting sharpness and they have an easy locking safety catch. The handles feature a blue floral pattern taken from an 18th-century design by William Kilburn in association with the Victoria & Albert museum, price £15.99, The Oak Room, www.oakroomshop.co.uk.
This geometric planter and cactus make an easy-care gardening gift. Planter 8cm x 9cm, cactus height approx: 6cm, price: £9.99, The Oak Room, www.oakroomshop.co.uk.
Why not buy a strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo)? It’s evergreen with glossy serrated leaves and orange-brown bark. Clusters of tiny bell-shaped white flowers appear in summer followed by rosy pom poms of strawberry-like fruit. Price: £22.50-£45, from Trees Direct, www.treesdirect.co.uk.
This Haws watering can gift set has a mister for delicate leaves and a colourful watering can designed for indoor plants. Hand-made in England and crafted from pre-galvanised metal, the brass watering can comes in dark green, cerise or burgundy, with a detachable, oval, all-brass rose. The brass plant mister has a fine nozzle and an easy-to-use press plunger. Price £42.99, from GettingPersonal.co.uk, www.GettingPersonal.co.uk.
The Sophie Allport ‘Green Fingers’ fine bone china Gardening Mug, features Sophie’s illustrations of wellington boots, trowels, vegetables, watering cans and herbs. Price £10 (standard), £13 (large), www.sophieallport.com.
This plant stand is ideal for use outdoors, as it is made of FSC approved pinewood and painted cream. Height 92.5cm x width 45cm x depth 65cm, step depth 23cm. Price: £84.95, from MiaFleur, www.miafleur.com.