LOUISE MIDGLEY picks out some choice gardening gifts to treat your mother this Mothering Sunday – March 6
Whichford Pottery celebrates its 40th Anniversary
Treat your mother to a beautiful handmade frost proof flowerpot, crafted by the company that produced 97,000 of the 888,246 ceramic poppies (one for every colonial soldier lost in the First World War) in the stunning Poppies in the Moat exhibition at the Tower of London in 2014.
To mark it special birthday this year Whichford’s has designed a range of flowerpots for The Royal Horticultural Society, inspired by illustrations taken from the Lindley Library, the largest horticultural library in the world, in London.
The Wildflower collection includes this stunning pot adorned with a foxglove. It comes with a 10-year frost proof guarantee and is available in two sizes priced from £82. www.whichfordpottery.com
Tools that make light work of heavy chores
Make light work out of heavy-duty gardening with any of the new super light gardening tools being sold in garden centres countrywide.
Despite their ‘light as a feather’ appeal the Fiskars Light Range tools are made with robust aluminium and durable steel heads.
There’s also a new Ultralight range of garden tools from Wilkinson Sword being launched this season. Look out for the slick and streamline Hedge Shears (£29.99) that weigh only 450 grams, that’s nearly half as light as standard shears. They make pruning shrubs less tiring by putting less strain on upper arms.
Gloves for all seasons
No pair of gardening gloves comes close to the comfort and flexibility of Joe’s Garden Gloves and I should know, I’ve worked my way through hundreds of pairs over the years.
The range (priced from £5.99) comprises four styles: Dexterous; lightweight and flexible, ideal for weeding, Essential; a great all rounder, Protective; thorn resistant and my personal favourite the warm and snug All Seasons gloves.
The proof of a good pair of gloves is that they feel so comfortable you forget you’re wearing them.
For stockists contact www.joes-garden.com or buy direct from the website.
Stylish solution to overloaded pockets
Burgon & Ball have designed a nifty utility belt for all those essential items you need when you’re in the garden. With space for keys, glasses, mobile phone, labels, twine and even a reinforced pocket for sharp secateurs, you can wander around hands free, knowing that you have everything in one place.
Made from waterproof, durable neoprene, the new Poc-Kit (£14.95) is comfortable to wear and comes with a generous tough webbing belt that extends to 50 inches.
Available from all good garden centres. www.burgonandball.com
Enjoy a front seat view of feathered friends
Without binoculars it’s hard to watch birds gathering on feeders in the garden. They’re timid by nature and will fly off at the first sign of movement.
A feeder that’s attached to the window gives you a front seat view of their movements without disturbing or frightening them.
Look out for unusual visiting birds as they migrate south over winter. The Complete Window Feeder for Birds (£14.99) from Crocus holds seeds, water and even food blocks so will often attract several birds at a time. www.crocus.co.uk
Designer crates that say: ‘I love you mum’
For a truly unique gift that shows you have put a great deal of thought into it, choose a personalised crate for your mother. These stackable, wooden storage boxes made from sustainably-sourced wood are available in different sizes and shapes and can be used in a multitude of ways. Ideal for storing seeds, gardening sundries or used as planters (liners are available). Priced from £20 www.suttons.co.uk / 0844 326 2200