GATHER CHRISTMAS GARDENING GIFTS
A big bag of manure might sound like a funny sort of Christmas gift, but many keen gardeners would happily put that near the top of their wishlist. Older gardeners, especially, who may find it difficult to haul around bags of dung, would no doubt love to have someone younger and fitter do it for them. Indoor plants are really on trend, so most apartment dwellers would appreciate a fashionable plant. Tough house plants such as Zanzibar gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia), philodrendron and devil’s ivy are great choices for beginners. For something a little special, consider one of the many attractive Rhipsalis species with their cascading long, thin cylindrical stems. A more traditional gardener might appreciate a new pair of good quality secateurs, or a large pot that looks as if it was handcrafted in an Italian pottery but is, much more practically, a lightweight lookalike. And don’t underestimate how much a basket or box filled with your own lovely fresh, home-grown fruit or vegies will be welcomed as a particularly personal gift for a friend, relative or neighbour. The best Christmas gift of all would be a plant that you have taken the time to propagate yourself from a cutting or seed, but for that you probably should have swung into action some months ago!