WIN Tickets to this year’s Ideal Home Show

Win tickets to Ideal Home Show

Papillon to launch Garden Parties at Aberdeen Garden & Outdoors

WIN Tickets to this year’s Ideal Home Show

Papillon is giving away two sets of 2 tickets to this year’s Ideal Home Show in Glasgow, being held on 31 May- 3 June 2018. For your chance to win and to enter visit our Facebook page.

All you have to do is:
1) Like our page
2) Like the competition post
3) Comment on the post.
Competition closes on Wednesday 23rd May 2018. Two winners will be drawn at random and announced thereafter.

Enter here:

Terms & Conditions for Papillon’s Facebook competition (run from 10th May – 26th May 2018) to win 2 x 2 tickets to the Scottish Home Show:

1. The promoter is: Papillon. Company name: Papillon Designs & Landscaping Ltd (company no. SC376012) whose registered office is at Skye Steadings, Kingswells, Aberdeen, AB15 8RN.
2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of Papillon Designs & Landscaping Ltd and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or the competition.
3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PapillonLandscaping
6. Only one entry will be accepted per person.
7. Closing date for entry is Wednesday 23rd May 2018. After this date, no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
Entries must like and comment on the competition post to enter. The winning entrants must be following Papillon Landscaping on Facebook to enter.
9. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
10. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
11. The prize is as follows:
2 x 2 tickets for The Ideal Home Show 2018, being held from 31st May 2018 – 2nd June 2018 in Glasgow at the SEC. The tickets will be valid for one day only from 31st May 2018 – 2nd June 2018. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
12. Winners will be chosen at random from all entries received and verified by the Promoter.
13. The winners will be announced on Facebook, within 48 hours of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 3 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
14. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
15. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
16. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
17. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Scottish law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.
18. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
19. The winner’s name will be available for 28 days after the closing date by emailing the following address: info@papillonlandscape.co.uk
20. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
21. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Facebook and Papillon and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found here.

Papillon Launches Garden Parties

Garden parties by Papillon

Papillon to launch Garden Parties at Aberdeen Garden & Outdoors

Papillon is to launch a range of Garden Parties for all at Aberdeen Gardens & Outdoors, which is taking place on 7th April 2018 at Crathes Castle, near Banchory.  As well as launching our Garden Party tutorials, we will be carrying out two live demonstrations at the inaugural event on Hanging Baskets and Maintaining Your Garden - Chemical-free.  We'll have a stall there too and will be selling kits for hanging baskets as well as succulent (plant) chocolate boxes!

 

Garden Parties

Our Garden Parties will offer a range of different garden-themed topics for groups of 5 or more or as private tutorials. Plant Expert, Aarron Long of Papillon, is heading up the project, which will include the following tutorials:

  • Organic Veg Growing
  • Creating Displays and Containers
  • Plant Nursery Basics
  • Beds and Border Design Basics
  • Winter Interest Planting
  • Specimen Planting

The parties are aimed at those with an interest in gardening, who are keen to learn more. 

For more information, please contact us directly. 

Spring preparations to take your garden into Summer

Spring garden blog

What to do in your garden this Spring to prepare for Summer

Papillon Garden Designer, Zuzana Habsudova, talks through Spring tasks that you can start now to prepare your garden for the summer ahead...she talks plants, pots, colours, paint and wildlife in our latest blog:

When the bright whites, blues and yellows start poking through the 50 shades of grey in our gardens, one can feel the heart jump. This cheery moment in spring kicks our brain and we start dreaming of our outdoor spaces transformed into picture perfect.

This is the exciting time for reshuffling the planting borders and refreshing colours on our fences, sheds and furniture. But this is also the time of dreaded chores, as weeds start pushing through, and patios await cleaning and sheds clearing.

If we have no budget for ripping the garden out and starting afresh, we have to make it work within the resources we have. And if Carol Klein or Alan Titchmarch are not our relatives, we just have to stick to our talent and handiness.

Think colour

So, it is the bright hues that seem to uplift our mood, right? Well, let’s start with adding colours to our gardens then. There should be no worries of getting it wrong; it can always be repainted next year.

Think of how interior designers work with choosing a colour for wall and floor and then they match chairs and tables to it. How they use cushions and indoor pots to highlight or contrast with the walls. In the garden we have fences and sheds, offset with planting and furniture.

Blue chair

Use colourful plants in your gloomiest corners

Any enthusiastic gardener is eager to get into the soil right after winter, because they know a good preparation is the key before any planting can take place. But what if you lack just that tiny bit of excitement to start with weeding, digging, feeding and scrubbing?

Let’s rethink the traditional spring clean. Don’t kill that keenness the spring bulbs sparkled in you. Go to a garden centre and pick a few flowers that smile at you. Plant them in your gloomiest corners, or pots. Start enjoying them, as you do, weed around.

Then weed a bit further. Clean that dead foliage left them from winter and prune that overgrown shrub in the way. Split that over-sized perennial and plant its offspring in a pot. If desired, enlarge the borders. Buy that Scottish-proof plant you’ve just admired in the magazine and mix fruit shrubs into ornamental borders. Scatter annual seeds to fill any gaps before plants start touching each other.

Colourful flowers

Paint colour

Now repair that broken fence and give it a new coat. The darker it is, the grander the plants in front of it will appear. And don’t just go for dark brown or grey. Try aubergine, olive, or navy blue. Paint trellises, frames and stick them amongst planting. Fix mirrors on the walls to ricochet the effect.

Then sit down and ponder over the colours of your furniture, while someone comes to clean your paving.

If you like the neutral, rustic looking furniture, add colour with outdoor cushions and carpets that can be left out all summer long. Flowerpots can help to bolt the carpets down, adding waterfalls of spilling greenery.

Purple chair

Combine Colour

With bold colours on your boundaries, shed and furniture, any green tones of planting will work their miracles. Just think of painting your trellis purple and planting lime-green climber (hops) on it. Or behind that forestry of green that you have, paint your wall burgundy colour. Then add reddish-purple blooms to the first image and orange-red spikes to the second.

 

As soil gets warmer, keep adding colour with annual herbs, fruit or veg, so that the taste buds gets satisfied too! The yellow-orange flowers of marigolds and nasturtiums, as well as the blue-stars of borage are not only edible, but also help protect your veg from pests and diseases.

Mix Veg and Fruit with Ornamental Flowers

By mixing your veg and fruit with ornamental flowers you are creating an ornamental kitchen garden that the French call potager. But the flowers can also be the ones produced by your veg. It’s usually the garlic chives that we think of when talking about flowering veg, but remember the white umbels of carrots and yellow/white blooms on brassicas when you forgot to harvest on time?

 

And there’s so much colour in the ordinary veg! Look at the yellow and red stems of chards or green and purple bulbs of kohlerabi. There’s purple kale leaves and lime-green seashell-looking romanesco. Just imagine these poking out through creeping purples and whites of thyme and camomile.

Colourful planters

Encase colour

Trailing and running plants are also ideal for pots. Fill them with dwarf runner beans and trailing strawberries to admire the cascading flowers and later taste their produce. Stick a standard rose for fragrance or red currant for nibbling in the middle of these pots.

Pots again can be unified in colour and work as features in your garden, or they can be muted and let the plants steal the show. In that case you might think of evergreen grasses, which keep their bold hues throughout the year and their colours range from intense blue through chocolaty orange to golden green.

 

Protect wildlife with colour

The more cheery and ecological your garden, the more it attracts wildlife. The bees will happily work on your flowers, leaving you to enjoy your cake in peace. Predators, like birds, will munch on your slimy pests that will not get the chance to taste your cabbages and hostas.

The paint will seal cracks in wooden fences and trellises and preserve them for longer. Re-painted furniture will feel like new and so will the pots and raised beds. You will learn the beauty of up-cycling and you’ll have more time for your garden.

But this doesn’t mean more work in it. Pretty much the opposite. By letting the flower colour creep into your neglected bowling green means you’ve cut down on mowing and feeding. By mixing veg with flowers you let them take care of each other. The wilder you let the colours mingle, the less maintenance there surprisingly is.

 

Colour in all seasons

And when the summer’s planting season is over, the colours will remain in the fences and furniture. The dying, bronzy foliage will contrast with the vibrant walls and pots and we will be excited for the next spring to come!

For more information on garden design and how to protect your garden, please contact Papillon directly.

Happy gardening!

Papillon picks up two Gold Awards at APL Awards

Osborne Place
APL Gold Awards
Kitchen garden Ellon

Papillon picks up two Gold Awards at national APL Awards

Papillon has been awarded two gold Awards at the APL Awards 2018.  The awards were received in two categories for garden design and construction work the firm completed on two North-east gardens in Ellon and Aberdeen.

One of the Gold commendations was received for a town garden project at Osborne Place, Aberdeen under the of Projects valued between £35,000-£65,000 and the other was for an outside kitchen project in Ellon, under the Hard Landscaping category.

Angelique Robb, Director at Papillon, comments: “Although we didn’t win these categories outright, we are thrilled to have received two Gold Awards. The awards are highly regarded in the industry and it is a great boost for the whole team. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to design and construct these gardens. We put a lot of thought and research into our work, so it’s always rewarding to see them come to life. These particular gardens involved intricate design and careful planning to ensure the gardens work for the owners and within the landscape surrounding them too. We feel very proud.”

The UK-wide awards help celebrate and recognise outstanding landscaping work carried out by the Association of Professional Landscapers' members.  This year's ceremony was held at The Brewery, London on Friday 16th March 2018.  The Awards were sponsored by Bradstone. 

What to do with a sloping garden

Sloping garden blog

What to do with a sloping garden...

After years of designing, constructing and excavating sloping gardens, we can conclude that slopes present their own special challenges.  But don’t fret if your garden has a slope; with smart design and good construction these challenges can be overcome.   Here, we talk about how to embrace a sloping garden and make the most from it. 

The benefits of a sloping garden

A natural contour in a garden provides visual interest. This can be exploited by working with the ground’s slope to create distinct areas within the garden. It can, for example, allow for a raised decking area for relaxing and dining, overlooking a lower lawn area where kids can enjoy playing games.

Also, a slope can offer natural vantage points within garden, of both the garden and beyond, and these spots can make perfect sitting areas. 

Where a garden is sloping up from the house, you can show off attractive features within the garden which can be viewed from inside the house. Conversely, where a garden is sloping away from the house, less attractive features, can be hidden out of sight.

Water features are particularly effective in sloping gardens, where the natural gradient provides the chance to create meandering streams, pools and waterfalls. Not only do water features add beauty, they can also help with drainage, an important consideration in designing a sloping garden. 

Steps and bedding
Sloping garden
Sloping garden example

Designing a sloping garden

Start by thinking about what you want from your garden. For instance; a decking or patio area for relaxing and entertaining? A lawn where your kids can enjoy playing games? Or maybe an area to grow vegetables or cut flowers?

Once you know the features you’d like, it is then a case of figuring out how best to use the space to accommodate them. And with sloping gardens smart use of space is key.

It is also important to think about how your garden will be viewed. As mentioned above, depending on the slope, you’ll have the chance to either show off or hide away features, so consider carefully what you want to see, and what you don’t want to see, when looking out on your garden.

 

Naturally sloping dry river bed

 

Important considerations when building a sloping garden

Constructing a sloping garden can be tricky, especially where there is a significant slope. When building levels and terraces within the garden it is important that all retaining walls are soundly constructed. Good drainage is vital, and it is important that weep holes are included in all retaining walls. 

Drops between different levels will be inevitable but aim to minimize them to ensure that your garden is safe. Also, steep steps and paths are potentially hazardous, so think about how best to make your garden accessible and easy for all to move around. One simple solution is to curve steps and paths across a slope to lessen their severity. 

Making sure that your garden is easy to get around will also make maintenance easier. Consider adding ramps between levels, which will be helpful when using a lawn mower and other gardening equipment.

Sloping garden with stone

Soil Erosion & choosing the right plants

Soil erosion is an issue with severe slopes, but this can be tackled by picking suitable plants. Drought-tolerant plants with deep roots are most effective for stabilising steep slopes, so consider ornamental grasses and wildflowers, ground-covering geraniums and a large variety of shrubs and trees.

For good ground cover on slopes, creeping conifers, cotoneaster, lonicera and heathers work well. Ivy and vinca are also commonly used but be aware that they can become invasive.

To help retain moisture, build small horizontal levels into the slope to make watering more effective. In time these small levels will become less visible.

 

Don’t be scared, sloping gardens can be great!

Yes, a sloping garden presents its own unique challenges, but hopefully you can see that with clever design and good construction these challenges can be overcome. In fact, sloping gardens offer up opportunities that you don’t get when working with flat gardens. So, embrace your sloping garden and create something wonderful!

Raised deck and terracing
Sloping garden using stone

For more information on sloping gardens or general garden design, please contact Papillon directly.

How to make a bottle bird feeder

How to make a bottle bird feeder

Looking for something creative to do with the kids this mid-term? 

Why not task them with building a bottle feeder, which is sure to keep not just them happy, but also those colourful garden visitors too.  It's a great way of getting kids outside and getting them involved in nature and it's a fairly inexpensive project for them to do. 
With thanks to Sainsbury's bank blog, we bring you this quick and easy guide on how to do make a bottle bird feeder: 

Bird feeder guide | Papillon garden design

Enjoy mid-term and have fun!

Papillon projects in Aberdeen and Ellon shortlisted in APL Awards 2018

Aberdeen and Ellon gardens shortlisted in national APL Awards 2018

Two Papillon garden design and landscaping projects have been shortlisted in the 2018 Association of Professional Landscapers’ Awards (APL Awards). Recognition has been given in two categories, for garden design and construction work the firm completed on two North-east gardens in Ellon and Aberdeen.

The gardens shortlisted are for Papillon’s outside kitchen project in Ellon, under the category Hard Landscaping and a town garden project in Osborne Place, Aberdeen, which is shortlisted in the category for Projects valued between £35,000 - £65,000.

Outdoor Kitchen, Ellon

Ellon Outdoor Kitchen

Papillon came on board after the client’s already purchased large paving slabs and started laying them out. Despite the square shape of the main patio, the client asked for a curved design with built-in outdoor kitchen.

To achieve this without cutting the existing paving, Papillon used contrasting materials that helped to join the squares into the desired curves.  The two curved walls that wrap up the main patio have the outdoor kitchen built into one, while the other one is raised to a seating height. The contrast in the materials was also used to create undulating paths around the house and circular driveway. Smaller, darker setts helped to fill in the gaps formed by the large, creamy pavers laid in curves. This method resulted in creating a driveway that looks more like an interesting path to the front door, but can also be drive on. 

Osborne Place, Aberdeen

Creating more interest in a town garden.

Papillon extended the house’s modern interior outdoors, spilling out the creamy chocolate colours with contemporary sandstone paving and planting choices into a long and narrow walled garden. The raised stone planters in smooth, sawn finish and with floating benches incorporate a built-in barbeque.

The water feature, a sandstone sphere, sits in the planters surrounded by soft planting and can be lit up in the evenings. A robust, wooden arch opens up the social area to the rest of the garden, where tall Italian cypresses echo the granite spires of Aberdeen’s historical buildings. The mixed modern planting with box spheres also includes the client’s original fruit trees. The garden’s path leads all the way to the garage at the back. This is clad with Scottish larch slats that would grey in time and blend with the surrounding granite walls. 

Osborne Place, Aberdeen

Angelique Robb of Papillon
Angelique Robb, Director at Papillon comments:

“It was great to have the opportunity to design and construct these gardens. They’re both very different, but equally rewarding. The outside kitchen took careful planning, which paid off – it looks really slick, but yet it is practical too and makes for easy for outdoor living.

The project at Osborne Place was fun too: the garden was long and thin, so it needed more interest and features to cosy it up and make it feel wider and continue the modern theme of the home into the garden. There were some super features added for interest, including a sandstone sphere and a water feature, as well as a large social area, where large cypresses echo the granite spires of Aberdeen’s skyline.

I feel very proud of the work our team has done on these projects and I’m delighted that they’ve been recognised by APL.”

 

The UK-wide awards help celebrate and recognise outstanding landscaping work carried out by the association’s members. Winners of the awards will be announced at The annual Awards Ceremony on Friday 16 March 2018 at The Brewery, London. The event is sponsored by Bradstone.

For more information on the APL Awards 2018, click here

 

To find out more about Papillon's garden design and construction work, please contact us directly.

How to make the best of garden lighting

Garden lighting blog by Papillon Designs & Landscaping

How to make the best of garden lighting

We may be into the dark winter months, but with good lighting your garden can still be enjoyed. And the best garden lighting will do more than just offer a practical solution; get it right and your garden can look magical as dusk falls. While some outdoor lighting can be harsh and unnatural, here we look at how it can enhance your garden, adding beauty, warmth and atmosphere.

Have fun with your outdoor lighting:

homemade garden lights using jarsThere are so many fun ways to light up your garden, so think creatively! For instance, re-using old glass jars and bottles filled with sand, as candle holders is a simple and inexpensive technique that can look beautiful. Or consider using everyday objects in your garden, such as tin watering cans or pots, as candle holders or lanterns. Or maybe light up an old birdhouse with LED tealights? Also, don’t be afraid to mix-and-match and add variety to your lighting.  So, put your own personal style into it and give your garden lighting some character.

Consider colour and shade:

Pristine white lights are classic and elegant. Garden lighting by PapillonRed and orange hues are warming, and their glow will create a cosy atmosphere. Blue shades, on the other hand, will make outdoor spaces look modern and cool. An eclectic mix of colours will add charm and fun. Whatever colours you choose, it is best to keep the lights soft for a cosy and warming atmosphere. 

 

Ornaments by day, elegant lighting by night:

Stone globe lightsSome of the best outdoor lighting will also look great in your garden during the day. For instance,  stone globe lights or the Foscarini Gregg Lamps, work as elegant ornaments in your garden, but become beautiful lights come nightfall. Likewise, the Paloma Illuminated bird, is a fun and stylish ornamental piece that looks beautiful day or night.

 

Paloma light and chair lighting

Add warmth and atmosphere with table fires or Cor-ten fire bowls:  

Nothing creates atmosphere in an outdoor space quite like an open fire.
Muztag’s elegant table fires are a dramatic way to lighten your gardeMuztag table firen, and will provide warmth on chilly winter evenings. Likewise, a Cor-ten fire bowl will become a natural centre-piece wherever they’re used. We particularly love Dutch company, Adezz, who make beautiful fire-pits and bowls. Add some stylish outdoor furniture, such as Serralunga’s Sirchester sofa and chairs, to create a beautiful and cosy outdoor haven.    

Where to position your outdoor lighting?

Lightening on decking and seatingAs well as thinking about the various lighting options available, it’s important to consider where to place outdoor lighting too. For instance, if your house has good views over your garden, then you can enjoy looking out onto it on winter evenings, so position your lighting to show it off well. Not only will it be a nice backdrop to look out upon, but a well-lit garden can make your indoor space feel bigger too.

Consider practical and safety benefits also, such as lighting up driveways (see below), paths and steps. Here, LED lights are particularly effective and attractive.
Remember too, when positioning lights, that we’re looking to add beauty and atmosphere to our gardens. So, think about what you’re lighting up; maybe illuminating a lovely tree, or an attractive planter or just your favourite corner of the garden? Also consider placing lights amongst trees and bushes, as this will soften the light and give a more natural look.

 

We hope that this has given you some helpful hints on how best to brighten up your garden. The best outdoor garden lighting can really enhance an outdoor space, so get it right and enjoy your garden this winter!

What do you buy a gardener for Christmas?

What to buy a gardener this Christmas

What to buy a gardener this Christmas...

Christmas shopping season has begun! But what do you buy a gardener for Christmas?

To make it easier for friends and family of green-fingered enthusiasts, we’ve put together some ideas to help you find the perfect Christmas gifts for gardeners....from Garden Doggys to Garden Art Sculptures, modern furniture like our Cero Stools and Spun Chairs, and Bird Ornaments that light up in the dark. For a cosy Christmas, you could even go for a Table Fire or Wood Burning Stove and for some stocking fillers, we have some great ideas, such Gardener's Ointments & Creams...

 

1. Serralunga Doggy Stools

Doggy Stools that double up as ornaments
Serralunga dog garden ornament

Serralunga doggy stools are not just for Christmas, these stylish dogs will add colour and fun to a garden all year round. And yes, they’re handy stools too!

The Italian designed dogs are available in a range of vibrant colours – available from Papillon.

Creative Art Sculputures from Devenick Designs

Orange heron scupturesFamily run, Devenick Designs, creates beautiful garden art and accessories from their Banchory Devenick base in Aberdeenshire.  We love their distinctive animal sculptures, which will add interest to any garden. Our personal favourites are the elegant herons, shown here in orange.
These scultpures are available in many colours, with a variety of animals to choose from too, such as foxes, rabbits and even monkeys.

Check out their website here: www.devenickdesigns.co.uk.

 

3. Bird Houses and Feeders

Gardeners will love making their garden a welcoming spot for Christmas robins with a cool bird house.

There are plenty of good options available to buy, or you and your family could get creative and make your own.

Classic bird houses look pretty, or you could try something a little different, such as this Teapot bird house: https://www.worm.co.uk/products/robin-teapot-nester

4. Bee Homes

As well as catering for the birds, gardeners will also welcome the idea of attracting bees to their garden too.

Bee homes help “solitary bees”, such as the Red Mason and Leafcutter bees, by providing them with the tunnels and tubes that are perfect for their nesting. Solitary bees are also important as they pollinate fruit crops. There are plenty bee homes available to buy, but there is also good advice available for making your own, here

 

5. Magis Spun Chair

Combining award-winning design with art, these unique chairs look great.

Magis spun chair

As well as looking great, they are surprisingly comfortable and they are great fun too.  Any guests won’t be able to resist giving them a spin!

Available from Papillon in various colours.  Click here for more information:  Magis Spun Chair .

 

6. Cero Chairs

Contemporary outdoor furniture

Cero chairs

Cero Stools: These are lovely pieces of contemporary outdoor furniture.

Beautifully designed, their hollowed-out form and curves give them a lightness and elegance.

Available in a range of cool colours, any design-conscious gardener will love them this Christmas: http://papillonlandscape.co.uk/product/cero/

 

 

7. Illuminated Paloma Bird Stools

Serralunga bird stools

Illuminated Paloma bird stools Fans of contemporary garden design will also love these beautiful pieces from Italy’s Serralunga this Christmas.

Fun pieces of garden furniture by day, the Paloma birds take on an enchanting quality at night when illuminated.

Available from Papillon:  http://papillonlandscape.co.uk/product/paloma-illuminated-bird-stool/

8. Give warmth this Christmas

Chimenea, Wood Burning Stove or Table Fire

Muztag table fireGive warmth this Christmas with a chimenea, wood burning stove or table fire.

For chimeneas, we particularly like Danish company Morso’s beautiful chimeneas, while Adezz makes fantastic wood burning stoves, especially the ones that double up as pizza ovens. Available from Papillon.

For something a little different, these Table Fire's from Muztag offer an ideal focal point for patios or outdoor kitchens, that any gardener would love. They are stylish and provide warmth at the same time.  Available from Papillon.

9. Dutch Oven Cooking Set

For those with a love for food, as well as the outdoors

For friends and relatives who combine a love of gardens with a love of food, this cooking set will be perfect! Great for making hearty stews and casseroles. https://www.dutchovens.co.uk/dutch-ovens-cookware/dutch-oven-sets.html  

10. Stocking Fillers

Garden gloves and ointments for tired hands

Gardener's hand creams and ointments

And don’t forget the stocking-fillers: Good quality, hard-wearing gardening gloves will always be appreciated, and for the fashion-conscious gardener, look out for stylish designs too.

Also, sure to be enjoyed after a tiring day's work in the garden, check out Crabtree & Evelyn’s Gardener’s kit, which will soothe and repair hard-working hands.

A local supplier of gardeners ointment and creams for tired hands is Paradise Clinic in Kemnay, Aberdeenshire. Paradise Clinic stocks a range of beeswax creams and hand creams for gardeners.

Let’s hope with these ideas our green-fingered friends will have a blast this Christmas.
Happy shopping!