The gardeners’ gift guide

    21 November 2019


    Hand-stiched pouch for secateurs by Juliet Roberts

    Juliet Roberts hand makes and hand stiches this elegant secateurs holster.  The front is made from strong tumbled leather and the reverse from beautiful oak bark tanned bridle leather finished with a solid brass Sam Browne stud.  The holster attaches to a belt loop with a press stud fastening.  £115 from  Contact Juliet for bespoke commissions in different coloured leather (ask about the green) and for matching belts, bags etc.

    Labour and Wait aprons have become a contemporary classic. Made from a waterproof and rotproof gingerbread coloured canvas, there are both bib and waist versions and even one for children.  The aprons are much loved by artists, artisans, chefs, waiters – anyone who wants to get creative but may make a mess – and are the perfect for the garden.

    Bib apron £48, waist apron £32, child’s apron £25


    Long-toms specialises in reclaimed vintage handmade terracotta plant pots.  The appeal is the chalky lime patina , the charm of their non-uniform shape and the notion that each pot tells a story after years of use. Choose from  4” herb pots for growing herbs on your kitchen window sill, specialist 7” Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) pots  with large drainage holes (add a bulb of the beautifully marked Hippeastrum papilio from or larger pots ‘the big lads’ for your terrace. Prices from £2.50 to £28

    Auricula flower theatre, Bud to Seed

    This excellent Auricula Theatre – a set of wall mounted shelves inspired by the 18th century way of displaying the exquisite jewel-like alpine plants in spring – is a clever idea for a shady garden wall. As well as auriculas it could be used to display terracotta pots of snowdrops at the beginning of the year and cut flowers or seedheads later in the year. The medium theatre is 90cm x 70cm x 17cm and costs £135


    The Golden Spade, Niwaki

    The Golden Spade  is just one of many covetable gifts for gardeners at Niwaki,  the imaginative company specialising in classic Japanese tools set up by former sculptor and pruning expert Jake Hobson. The spade is surprisingly light ( the large one weighs only 1.8 kg) has a really sharp pointed blade for cutting through hard ground and is strong enough to use anywhere in the garden.  I would not be without mine.  Standard £34, small £28.

    Haws have been making watering cans since 1886 and remain the gold standard for elegance and practicality.   Their one litre copper indoor watering can is as good-looking and easy to use. It has a removable brass rose which helps access awkwardly positioned pots and comes in a great set with a brass hand held sprayer to mist the leaves of tropical plants such as orchids. Price for the set £69.99


    A refreshing (garden-oriented, obviously ) guide to visiting Japan by India Hobson and Magnus Edmonson, the UK-based photographers who record their travelling adventures on their popular website  It is an uplifting approach with just a few practical recommendations – one cool place to stay in each place they visit – but delightful because it is so personal. It is as if your best friends are handing over their most precious tips before your trip.  This self-published hit is already on its second reprint.  Price £15


    Floral fragrances from Perfumer H

    For a hard working gardener,  a visit to Perfumer H, the elegant Marylebone shop of British perfumer, Lyn Harris is the ultimate treat.  Harris produces two seductive perfume and candle collections  a year,  each presented in gorgeous hand blown glass by Michael Ruh – for which you can happily buy refills.  Top of my  Christmas list is the deliciously cool green scent of the ‘Dandelion’ candle and the heavenly ‘Gold’ Eau de Parfum which has ‘top notes of bergamot lemon Argentina and bitter orange Seville with a heart of angelica root …wrapped in nerolie Tunisia …’  Dandelion candle £120, Gold Eau de Parfum £350