Mother's Day is fast approaching, and woe betides any son/daughter that forgets their dear old ma on her special day. Flowers and chocs are given, but securing a gardening gift that encourages her to get outside and enjoy the springtime sunshine is sure to score bonus brownie points. Here's our pick of the best garden gifts you can send to your green-fingered mum.
1. BoxWild Bird Feeder Gift Box: £28, BoxWild
Encourage birds to come serenade your mum with this bumper box of avian treats. BoxWild sells a range of gift boxes for birds and hedgehogs, but this seed heavy set is just the ticket for bumper springtime feeding. The box is packed with three packs of seedy mixes – enough to sate the pickiest tit, along with a nicely crafted apple holder for fruit treats and a stainless steel seed scoop. There’s a sturdy seed dispenser here too, complete with a secure lid to keep thieving squirrels at paws’ length.
2. Opinel Three Piece Gardeners Set: £49.95, Whitby & Co
French knife wizard Opinel has brought some colourful joy to savage cutting tasks with this three-piece set. The sharp stainless steel blades and painted beech wood handles will have ta mère gleefully pruning en rouge, slicing en rose and sawing en vert citron, with safety locking rings helping to prevent accidents. C’est magnifique!
3. M&S Wooden Gift Trug: £35, Marks & Spencer
Trugs are usually reserved for muck and vegetables, but before this one makes passage to the garden for horticultural duties, mum will have to relieve it of its contents. All mum-friendly gifts are covered here: a 20cl bottle of crisp, dry prosecco, a small box of Marc de Champagne truffles to chomp through, and a posy of roses to stuff in a vase. Lucky old mum.
4. Briers Strawberry Thief Garden Bag: £12.99, Leekes
It’s meant for stowing tools, but this handsome, bucket-shaped tote bag would look equally at home on a trip to the shops. Comfy leather carry handles ensures the bag won't dig into your mum’s hands, no matter how much stuff she crams into it, and the twin side pockets provide handy storage for trowels and humbugs.
5. Orla Kiely Grow Your Own Chillies Gardening Gift: £17, John Lewis
Brighten up her windowsill and lighten up her face with this modern, patterned, pre-seeded plant pot. The Orla Kiely grow-your-own range features a selection of kitchen-friendly herbs, including basil, coriander and chives, but we’d suggest gifting the chilli pot. Chillies are a relatively easy plant to maintain, their tiny flowers will bring a touch of year-round floral joy, and best of all, mum can lob the fiery fruits into her WI chutneys.
6. Kew Botanicum: £14.65, Hive
March weather can be unpredictable – hammering rain and gusty winds may prevent your mum from pottering around the garden on her special day, so settle her down on the sofa with a nice cup of tea and thrust this lush tome into her wrinkled hands. With words by Kew’s director of science, Kathy Willis and detailed, vibrant illustrations by Katie Scott, there are hours of plant-based pleasure here for mum to enjoy.
7. Deluxe Veg Gardener’s Hamper: from £30, Greenhouse Sensation
Prepare mother for springtime vegetable adventures with this bumper basket full of gardening essentials. There’s useful stuff in here, including twine, biodegradable plant pots and veggie sacks. It also comes equipped with a serrated harvesting knife which will make short work of thick-stemmed vegetables down on the allotment. The empty wicker basket will come in useful for storing her knick-knacks and whatnots.
8. RHS Show Vouchers: from £5, RHS
Want to take mum to see a show? The west end ones will cost you an arm and a leg, so get her a ticket for a big RHS hort-fest instead. These vouchers are good for Cardiff, Chelsea, Hampton Court Palace, Tatton Park and the RHS London Shows. Also covered, and new for 2017, is the Chatsworth Flower Show, which promises to be a fiesta of cutting edge garden design in the lush surrounds of Chatsworth House. Just remember to get yourself an accompanying ticket. Mum will be buying plenty of plants – and you’ll be carrying them to the car.
9. National Trust Berrington Floral Vine Flower Pot: £10, National Trust Shop
With its jazzy blue floral design and vintage effect cracked print, this tip-top pot will look great perched on your mum’s patio. It’s frost-resistant and sturdy, so should give her years of potting pleasure. These pots come in three sizes – the medium one is a decent size for herb growing or for housing small patio plants. Get her the large one for Christmas.
10. B Gardening Gift Box: £16, B Skincare
Pamper mum’s muck-stained paws with this skincare double act. The minty hand scrub contains ground olive stone, which provides the necessary grist to make short work of filthy digits, while the pump-dispensed hand cream is slick, thick and whiffs of fresh sliced lemons. A double-sided, cactus bristle brush is also included – just the job for buffing up nails (or scrubbing potatoes).
The Verdict: Mother’s Day gardening gifts
Our pick of the bunch is the bird feeder gift box from BoxWild. It’ll keep mum and her feathered chums happy for weeks. Mum will love it, the birds will love it – it’s a double-win.
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