A gardener’s gift

London’s gardeners like to give serious Christmas presents — like scented tea lights. Well, you would, wouldn’t you?
Floral-scented tea lights hand-shaped into exotic blooms

TEA LIGHTS TO TURN HEADS


Floral-scented tea lights are hand-shaped into different exotic blooms and have a burning time of at least two hours per candle. In a pack of 10, Blossom tea lights make the ideal stocking filler at £4.85.

From the same company is a stainless-steel fork and trowel set built to last, with rust resistance and easy movement through the soil without clogging. The hot-pink painted hardwood handles are pretty as well as practical. Each tool costs only £9.95.

The gardener’s equivalent of the luxury hamper is a fruit crate comprising a leather kneeler, long-handled trowel and fork, oak gardener’s line, leaf sack, 50 seedling labels, a how-to-compost book and five packs of Italian seeds (£110). When the crate is empty, it will make a great planter.

Alphabet sign
All from The Worm that Turned (0845 605 2505; www.worm.co.uk).The last order date for Christmas is 22 December 2009.

PERSONAL LETTERS WITH CHARACTER


A fashionably distressed alphabet sign would lend any garden character by the spadeful as well as give a bare fence or wall an intriguing focal point. Measuring 52cm high and 72cm wide, RE’s rusty alphabet sign costs £30 (01434 634567; www.re-foundobjects.com).

Glazed provencal jug with gladioli
Last order date for Christmas is 18 December 2009.

SOME JUGS ARE FULL OF SURPRISES


Glazed provençal jug from Sarah Raven in turquoise (£25) holds gladioli in sultry shades, grown from the Velvet Gladioli Collection of 45 corms and planting details in a hessian sack (£19.50).

H&P readers can claim a 10 per cent discount when you quote code HPXMA1. Call 0845 092 0283, or visit www.sarahraven.com.

Galvanised garden wall thermometer
Last order date for Christmas is 16 December 2009.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE FROST


Galvanised garden wall thermometer with dual face for centigrade and fahrenheit (£17.50) will warn the diligent gardener when it’s time to throw a fleece over the oleander, pull off the wellies and stay indoors.

From Cox & Cox (0844 858 0744; www.coxandcox.co.uk). Last order date for Christmas is 18 December 2009.

Steel allotment tool and tuck box

GARDENERS PACK FOOD FOR THOUGHT


Keen gardeners who stay out from dawn till dusk pack food as well as tools, so would appreciate the steel Allotment Tool and Tuck Box, with carrying handle and sliding panels to keep Twix from trowel.

It costs £19.95 from Harrod Horticultural (0845 402 5300; www.harrodhorticultural.com).

Last order date for Christmas is 22 December 2009.

LOFT ROOM FOR LADYBIRDS


Ladybirds are the beneficial insects that feed on the bad bugs, so a live-in loft will provide a safe haven through winter and hopefully produce lots of little ladybirds. The BugMeNot from Sparrow & Finch’s stable of wildlife habitats costs £34.95.

Rococo hanging wire heart with pressed glass tea light holder
Sparrow & Finch (01892 861202; www.sparrowandfinch.co.uk). Last order for Christmas is 17 December 2009.

BLAZE A TRAIL OF LIGHT FROM THE TREES


A rococo hanging wire heart with pressed glass tea light holder (£6.74) could dress the Christmas tree indoors or the crabapple outdoors.

Hellebore Red Lady
The Urban Garden (0845 257 3762; www.theurbangarden.co.uk). Last order for Christmas is 21 December 2009.

BUY IT SEE IT


BUY IT: Hellebores are invaluable for providing colour in the garden when little else is in flower. This month, the RHS online plant shop (www.rhsplants.co.uk; 0844 557 2622) is offering three 5cm plugs of evergreen cultivar Helleborus hybridus Red Lady, which carries single blooms in deep red from late winter to mid-spring.

Wisley's Christmas Craft Fair
The collection costs only £19.99, but Homes & Property readers can enjoy a 15 per cent discount off everything at the online plant shop, including the monthly plant offers, by entering the code 311209, which will be valid until midnight on 31 December 2009.

SEE IT: From 8 December at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey, you can marvel at the 70 decorated Nordmann fir trees on the Tree Trail as part of the Lumière Celebration of Light, which runs until 3 January. You can also shop until 9pm at the Christmas Craft Fair, until 13 December, and at The Wisley Shop, until 12 December.

To save £5 when you spend £40 or more at any RHS shop or plant centre, valid until 24 December, print out this voucher
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