Great gifts for gardeners


Thompson & Morgan Pink Pearl hyacinthTalking to some garden centre owners the other day, they’re getting bumper queues in the car park and bumper queues at their tills. And they expect to get even busier in the run up to Christmas!

Much as I like visiting garden centres (and I really do, I used to run some a few years ago), I don’t enjoy visiting them when they are packed. So I was delighted when QVC decided to broadcast more gardening gift shows this year. I knew that I’d be able to buy my presents the easy way!

Take this Sunday’s (24th November) show for instance – we’ve got a new selection of those incredibly special, long-flowering, long-lived Triple Star moth orchids coming up that you can’t even buy in the garden centres! Incredibly, our varieties can flower for up to nine months a year and live (and bloom) for up to 20 years – that’s up to three times longer than the varieties in the shops.

They are so special and sought after that virtually all the plants are usually snapped up by keen gardeners in Germany and Russia. Last year, only 57 plants were available to UK gardeners. This year, Hayloft have secured a limited number of these hand-grown plants just for QVC. These mouth-watering pink varieties are amongst the prettiest I’ve seen and I think they’re going to fly out, so make sure you look out for them this Sunday.

David Ponton from Hayloft has come up with another cracker for the show. It’s the much talked about Rose ‘Lady Marmalade’, so good that it’s been named Rose of the Year for 2014. This stunning large-flowered, multi-petalled rose is a beautiful shade of tangerine and peach; it’s fabulously fragrant and will flower all summer long. It’s more compact than many roses, and only grows around 90cm tall, so it would be perfect for borders or pots on a sunny patio.

Fairy spotlightsTalking of fragrance, those lovely pre-planted baskets of Christmas flowering hyacinths from Thompson & Morgan (see picture above) are on the show as well, and as they’re our garden Pick of the Month, there’s no postage and packing to pay during November too! They make a gorgeous gift that can be sent directly to family and friends.

There’s lots more too, including the much loved fairy spotlights (left), battery powered fountains and perfectly timed, just as the weather turns colder, the ever popular snowbrush. So, for hassle-free shopping at it's best, please join me this Sunday 24th November for some great gifts for gardeners.


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