Make Mother’s Day personal this year by giving your favourite gardener a personalised present. We leaf through some of the best gardening gifts to make Mum feel she’s one in a million
There are many gifts for gardeners on Mother’s Day - but personalising them can make all the difference. Whether you want a gift monogrammed or inscribed, or even want to find a plant named after your mum, there are plenty of gifts to choose from.
NAME OF THE ROSE
Try www.giftaplant.com, which has a wealth of feminine-named roses including Penelope, Sarah, Nicola, Lisa, Jill and Carol, as well as a host of other plants including wild geraniums, camellia, agapanthus and hibiscus named after women. Perhaps the perfect choice is the hybrid tea rose ‘Mum in a Million’, a pink variety with perfumed blooms from summer through to autumn, available from specialist rose grower Style Roses (bare root £11.95; bush rose potted, £13.95, www.styleroses.co.uk; 01406 424089). ‘Loving Mum’, a vibrant, lightly-scented orange tea rose, and ‘My Mum’, a floribunda with red blooms and silver reverse, are also ideal gifts from Style Roses.
Have a name or message embroidered on to this handy gardening apron, ideal for holding secateurs, string, plant markers and other ephemera and available in green, pink or black (£14.99, www.gettingpersonal.co.uk). The apron has a handy double pocket on the front for gardening tools, and the front is beautifully embroidered with a stylish flower design in a thick, white stitch. Add any name, up to 12 characters, and any message, up to 18 characters.
THANKS A BUNCH
Feed her need to plant with this ‘Thanks A Bunch, Mum’ plant set, featuring a gift box personalised with your own custom message. Inside is a terracotta pot, instructions, seed paper confetti, coir compost disc and pewter ‘Thanks a bunch, Mum’ plant marker. Choose from seed paper confetti in white forget-me-nots, green (basil and parsley) or yellow (mixed flowers) (£15, www.notonthehighstreet.com)
ALL GLOVED UP
Treat her to a pair of gorgeous monogrammed leather gardening gloves which will keep thorns at bay and look stylish at the same time. They’re handmade in the UK in soft leather with a suede cuff, and can be personalised with her name or initials. (£39.99, www.buyagift.co.uk)
There are many gimmicky, pretty fork and trowel sets on the market, but this tough-quality carbon steel set from Big Little Things provides style as well as sturdiness and can be personalised with a name or message as well. The handles are made from ash timber with leather wrist straps included. The personalised message will be the same on both the fork and trowel handle, while the set comes in a presentation box. (£24.95, www.biglittlethings.co.uk)
Transform a boring garden fence or patio wall with this sturdy half crate, based on the traditional apple crate concept, which can be used to show off your plants and garden ornaments. Made of sustainable treated pine, it can be personalised with 24 characters on one line. If your loved one would prefer to use it for growing plants, it includes a plant liner and can easily be planted up with seedlings or smaller plants in pots. If one is not enough, you could always start a collection. (£26.95, www.plantabox.co.uk)
SIGN OF THE TIMES
Lovingly handmade from reclaimed or upcycled wood, this personalised vintage sign has a distressed appearance and is finished with a rustic wire for hanging and a waterproof seal, making it ideal for indoor or outdoor use. Available in seven vintage colours, you can have any message painted on to it in classic black lettering. (£42.99 from www.ijustloveit.co.uk) Personalise the wooden sign with any message up to two lines of 15 characters.