Posted: 20/06/2014 at 10:16
I miss jam making - the house always smells so good! Last year my mother gave me boxes of fruits to use but I've not heard about any spares yet so we'll have to see. Hopefully next year I'll be making my own!
Clari you could throw in a kneeling mat and a few bin bags. Doesn't sound as though she's into composting yet.
Lesley - I've gotten her a nice kneeling mat (I'm not above trying them out in the shop!) And some bright gardening gloves. I was going to buy her an instant kitchen garden with a few herbs but plants are so expensive (for my wallet anyway) so I brought some brightly coloured pots and filled them with herbs that I'd grown myself (or in the case of the chives - brought from the bargain bin a few weeks ago!) What's the point in being a gardener if you can't produce plants to give as gifts rather than rely on shop brought ones?! Fingers crossed it beats the generic birthday gift of chocolate!
They don't look much yet but at least the pots will help add colour (and should be high enough that the rabbit wont eat the contents) and once they get going they'll fill out quickly so she'll appreciate them a little more than had we just been able to buy the one solitary plant.
2 x garlic chive (one just looked a little lost on its own!)
3 x sage seedlings (hardened off for a few weeks so should be fine)
1 x scruffy thyme (grew this from seed last year - the only one I managed to get to germinate!)
To make it a bit more special I've put in labels with the name on one side and one the back what they go well with (going to do this for myself later on!!) I'm going to find her a suitable card and write down their "how to care for" instructions in it which will hopefully help her.
What do you all think?