Give your dad some horticultural happiness this Father’s Day by treating him to a gardening gift. We leaf through the pick of the crop:
If your dad wants to make the most of the garden in so-called ‘flaming June’ and beyond, then you can make his Father’s Day by buying him a gift which will make his job easier or make him smile.
Top of the list must be Hozelock’s new Flexi Spray, the winning garden product of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It’s a terrific multi-purpose watering attachment which can be moulded into an array of shapes for different watering functions, from stretching to hanging baskets, to shaping to use as a lawn spray. Available from DIY stores, leading garden centres and specialist retailers, RRP £29.99.
Among the most practical presents for the keen, active gardener is the Bosch AMW 10 Multi-tool, an all-in-one device for tackling unruly lawn edges, dishevelled trees and unkempt hedges.
The 1000w motor will allow users to cut through thick twigs and branches, while attachment heads can be changed easily, without the need for additional tools.It will be a great help if your dad has trouble reaching high hedges, as it’s capable of cutting overhead with the 180-degree-angle hedgecutter, trimming stubborn growth with the heavy-duty trimmer and pruning overhead branches with the pole pruner.
The motor unit retails from £79.99, the hedgecutter attachment from £69.99, the pole pruner attachment from £69.99 and the heavy duty trimmer attachment from £59.99. The complete kit is available from £199.99 from selected retailers including Argos and Homebase. For details, visit www.bosch.co.uk
Those of us on a tighter budget may prefer to go for more frivolous gifts which look great and do a fine job in the garden. House of Bath sells a delightful Robin Teapot Nester, an open nesting site made from a frost-resistant ceramic teapot with a lovely rustic finish that robins, flycatchers, wrens and wagtails will love. Priced £16.95 from www.houseofbath.co.uk or 0871 230 0867.
It was news last week that the Chelsea Flower Show was lifting its ban on gnomes, so if they’re good enough for the RHS, they’re good enough for dad, and there’s some pretty funky gnomes on the market. My favourite is Woodland Wilf Born To Be Wild, a pint-sized figure sitting on a motorbike. It’s frostproof, weather resistant and features a solar light as its headlamp. Every dad should have one. RRP £19.99. For stockists details, visit www.woodlandwilf.co.uk or phone 01905 791 984.
Outdoorsy dads will have a laugh flicking through a useful manual entitled Be Prepared: How To Light A Wet Match And 199 Other Useful Things To Know, drawn from the archives of the Scout Association, with a foreword by Bear Grylls. It offers advice on the right way to hold an eel, wield an axe or string a hammock and offers tips on how to survive in the wild, predict the weather or shine at a party. Published by Simon & Schuster, £14.99.
If the little ones want to buy something they can do with their dad, look no further than Seed Pantry’s delightful new Dad And Me Veg Seeds starter pack, designed for allotments and containing a fantastic selection of 10 easy-to-grow summer season vegetable seeds, including two gourmet lettuce varieties, chard, spinach, tumbling tomatoes, carrots, sweet peppers, French beans, tasty courgettes and Italian beetroot.
Younger gardeners grow four varieties of vegetables and herbs - sweetcorn, cress, pumpkins and sunflowers - and the packs contain all the equipment you need to get started, including mini propagators, bio-degradable rice husk pots, coir coconut husk pots, seed tray, organic mini compost disks, dibblet and seedling markers.
The seed varieties grow well in pots, containers and the garden veg patch in sheltered sunny positions. The starter pack is priced at £48.75, available from www.seedpantry.co.uk