Twelve Days of Christmas

 In Garden Design, News

When it comes to Christmas one of the fun things is the joy of giving. However, often we spend a lot of money buying lots of items that may not get used and eventually end up in a charity shop. Many years ago, my partners Clive and I introduced Secret Santa to his family. We set a good budget without going crazy and names were pulled out of a bowl. We even got the kids to do it for each other. Last year we decided we all had enough and instead, we all agreed to donate our set budget to a charity of our choosing. This was much more in the spirit of Christmas.

As it is coming up to Christmas, I decided rather than doing a written blog, I would do a visual blog with ideas for that special gardener in your life. Here are twelve ideas for presents for the twelve days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

My favourite seeds from Chiltern Seeds.
These would make the perfect stocking fillers. Chiltern Seeds have an incredible variety of seeds that range from £1.95 to £3.75 per pack.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Tea Towels from Timorous Beasties.
Timorous Beasties create the most beautiful prints for wallpapers and furnishing fabrics. They have now branched out into gorgeous tea towels that you would want to frame and put on your walls.
£14 each.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Korres’ vetiver shower gel and eau de toilette. This has a lovely warm woody scent and although it says, ‘For Him’, gentlemen don’t be surprised if your partners end up using yours.

£32.40 for the set.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

A bottle of delicious Roku Gin.
The six unique botanicals which separate this gin from others are Sakura flower, Sakura leaf, Sencha tea, Gyokuro tea, Sanshō pepper, Yuzu peel which sit alongside traditional botanicals such as juniper, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander, and cinnamon.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Five stunning handmade baskets from The Kenya Crafts Company. These baskets make quite a statement with plants placed in them. They come in various colours. Made by women in rural parts of Kenya so they can earn a wage to support their families. Shopping baskets also available
Planter Baskets £16 – £40
Shopping Baskets £40 – £60

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Dan Pearson’s book Tokachi Millennium
Forest. It is about a pioneering new way of gardening with nature. With climate change begin a topic of discussion this would be a fascinating book for a gardener to immerse themselves into over Christmas.


On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

This stylish tiffin box from
Be the envy of your colleagues as you have a nice warm meal for lunch from this contemporary looking tiffin box. An idea from India that has been updated and brought to the UK


On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Sneeboer’s Great Dixter planting spade which I cannot do without. This is one of my favourite tools. Hand-forged metal with an ash handle.


On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

The Opinal Gardening Tools set from
This set contains a saw, pruning knife, and garden knife. Like all Opinal knives, these tools feature a virobloc ring locking the blade open or closed.


On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

Niwaki Gr Pro secateurs with Japanese steel blades. Every gardener should have a pair of Niwaki secateurs. Once you use these cheap secateurs just will not do. Niwaki have a
selection of secateurs to choose from.

The Gr Pro Secateurs are £72.00

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Aesop’s Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm.
Contains vetiver, petit-grain, and bergamot. This is luxury for hardworking hands and the scent is divine.


On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me……

Molton Brown’s Russian Leather candle to indulge in. Beautifully packaged in this spruce green glass jar and box. It has a very dreamy cosy scent.


Wishing all Warm and Wonderful Seasons Greetings and a Peaceful and Prosperous 2021. Be merry, be safe but mostly be kind to each other.

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