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The most magical time of the year!

 

Here’s a tip for all you hardy gardeners still out and about.

If you have some beautiful leather gloves that have got wet whilst being used in the call of duty, do not fret!

Firstly, do not put them on the radiator! Allow them to dry naturally away from any heat (any direct heat will make the leather go hard). A scrunch up before putting them on and voila – perfect leather gloves.

Yes, it's that time of year again. I don’t know about you, but I always struggle every year to find the ideal gift for the avid gardener. They usually have their favourite tools and new ones are always met with a smile and the ever so telling ‘place reverently down’ whilst moving on to something they really wanted.

Well, let me give you some ideas and you can shout at me instead.

When I worked at Singapore Botanic Gardens, we only used serrated bypass snips for all our flower work. They are extremely versatile and excellent at dead heading - but very little used in the UK. So unless he or she has worked at a tropical Botanic Garden, I doubt they are in the tool kit. Explain to your gardening friend that they are what the professionals use to keep the flowers budding without leaving the tell-tale rip and all will be well.

I am also going to recommend you buy some of the excellent ‘bamboo’ gloves from this site. Environmentally friendly, comfortable and durable. I love ‘em. However, the recipient might be underwhelmed if it is the ‘main’ present. How about offering them as a teaser in the stocking?

In fact if you buy a pair of Town and Country Boot socks, that’s your stockings sorted for the year too! As an added bonus, they are very warm - so much so, my wife wears mine - so I am going to have to invest in some more!

Finally, if your gardener is more of a reader, might I suggest you buy them a good old fashioned book. One of my favourites of all time is ‘The Plant Hunters’ By M Tyler-Whittle. An excellent book which explores how we got the beautiful plants we all admire today. Another book I will recommend is ‘Flora Britannica’ by Richard Mabey. A really, really beautiful book full of wonderful knowledge by the man who brought us ‘Food for free’ – another very interesting book!

Have a great Christmas!