HOME AND GARDENS: Fork out on a Great Green Gift; You Are Never Short of Inspirational Gift Ideas for Gardeners If You Make the Effort, Discovers Hannah Stephenson
Byline: Hannah Stephenson
What do you give the person who has everything? Well, if he or she is a gardener they will never have everything because new and exciting gifts are being created for gardeners every year.
While many high street shops and garden centres will have the classic trugs, tools and garden trivia, if you look hard you may be able to find something a bit different, especially if you trawl the internet or some specialist garden catalogues.
There are some great items, for instance, from Garden Images, including some tasteful Suzie Marsh bronze sculptures of Indian runner ducks (from pounds 84.95) which can look a stunning addition at the side of any water feature or other garden setting.
Alternatively, from the same sculptress there is a hippopotamus (pounds 329.95), whose detailed skin texture makes a really tactile sculpture for home or garden.
But if your budget doesn't run into hundreds of pounds, remember that it's often finishing touches which can make an original stocking-filler.
You can buy some interesting cane tops from a number of outlets but among the best are bird cane tops (pounds 6.99 for five from crocus.co.uk).
The company also offers some fun frost-resistant terracotta duck pot feet for keeping pots off the ground during the winter months. Pay pounds 5.99 for three. Of course, the female gardener can no doubt be wooed with chocolates and scents, but add a gardening element to the gift and it will look like you've put a bit of thought into it.
Gift Inspiration (www.giftinspiration.com) has a garden trowel with seeds and chocolate, beautifully presented (pounds 17.95), or a peony bath collection (pounds 36.95), featuring two cork-stoppered glass bottles containing foam bath and foam flakes, plus a pure vegetable soap and a candle votive to soothe tired gardeners.
A more original idea from the same firm might be a heritage bulbs gift box, featuring a choice of a pretty parrot tulip or fragrant narcissus galilee bulbs collection, based on the original 19th century bulb specimens brought to England by botanists such as Darwin.
Both can be planted until February and are easy to grow. Each gift box contains 12 bulbs with growing notes and a detailed plant history (pounds 19.95).
Anyone who fancies having a go at growing fresh herbs may also welcome a herb garden gift set (pounds 19.95 giftinspiration.com), containing herbs to grow and windowsill terracotta pots.
For those who would like to attract wildlife to their garden, there are a number of bird feeders, nesting boxes and hedgehog houses on the market.
Among the most popular are woven natural roosting pockets from Garden Images (three for pounds 9.95), made from a variety of natural materials including coir and seagrass, which provide an ideal hideaway to encourage birds to roost in your garden. …