From seed collections to fashion-conscious gloves for the green-fingered and innovative tool ranges, no gardening mother should be without a gift on Mothering Sunday.
There’s a plethora of choice, whatever your budget, from small seed collections and mug toppers for under a fiver to more extravagant floral fragrances and practical tools which are easy for mum to manage as well as dad.
Here’s just a few of the gifts on offer for March 10:
£5 or under
If your mum’s cuppa always goes cold when she’s working in the garden, treat her to a MugTopper, a clever accessory that creates an airtight seal on the top of a mug or glass, preserving the heat inside a warm drink and ensuring a cold drink stays cool, even in the sun. Four designs feature a rose, a bow, a mouse and a cat on top of each (£4.99 for a set of four, from www.apollohousewares.com).
Wild flowers have become much more popular in recent years and if your mum has an area of garden which she’d like to transform into a mini meadow, there are endless possibilities with collections of flower seed mixes from meadowinmygarden.co.uk. This innovative range contains seed mixes, using annual and annual/perennial seed combinations chosen for their beauty, low maintenance and cost effectiveness of their results. For full details of the ranges, which start at £2.99, visit www.meadowinmygarden.co.uk.
£10 or under
If you want to say it with roses, B&Qhas launched a limited edition Amazing Mum rose on March 1 to raise funds for the charity founded by Prince Harry, Sentebale. The pink rose is part of activity to support the B&Q Sentebale Forget-me-not Garden which will be unveiled at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. (£7.98, available in 50 stores. For details, go to www.diy.com). A donation of 20 per cent of the purchase price will go to Sentebale.
Birds, bees and butterflies are featured in lifestyle artist Katie Alice’s vintage-inspired tableware and floral-patterned porcelain tankard mug from her English Garden collection may provide inspiration for the gardener. (£6, from www.english-table.com and selected garden centres)
Mothers who save their own seeds would welcome a pretty, eco-friendly gift of a set of five stylish recycled cardboard seed saver tubs from the new Eco range from Burgon & Ball (£6.95, www.burgonandball.com)
Ebertsankey has just launched the Luzern 3, a contemporary single pot made of injection moulded plastic, which houses three separate plants and is available in fuchsia, white and granite. (£8.99 from good garden centres and DIY stores. For more information, visit www.ebertsankey.com)
£20 or under
Bird lovers can welcome visitors to their home with an unusual ornamental Birdies Wall Pocket, which can be filled with different flowers and foliage with each season. Designed in California, it’s made of rustic metal with three charming blue birds, which are often referred to as Blue Birds of Happiness, perched on the edge of the pocket (£18.95, www.home2garden.co.uk).
Ethel gloves are designed to specifically fit the contours of a woman’s hands. They areSpandex with reinforced fingertips and is machine-washable. (£13.50, www.ethelgloves.co.uk and Amazon).