Thursday, 19 November 2009

New Blog!

It's bye-bye blogger and good day to word press. Garden Boutique has a new and improved blog over here. It's going to be packed full of new product, what we're reading, what we're loving and tons of gardening tips and ideas. Please join us in our new online home!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Christmas Gifts in Gardener's World

Lila Das Gupta rightly acknowledges that the stylish gardener is one who looks for beauty in all things, whether it's a pot brush or a plant label. With that in mind she has collected a host of beautiful, practical gardening gifts for this month's issue of Gardener's World. We're pleased to see a few of our very own items made the cut, including our Aged Ceramic Plant Labels, indispensable Tool Oil and chic little Oak Pot Tamper.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Matchstick Gardens

Matchstick Gardens, 4 options, £1.60 at Garden Boutique

These Matchstick Gardens are truly ingenious - each little matchbook contains enough seeds for a complete miniature garden of flowers or greens of your choosing. Implanted in the tip of the matches are a mixture of seeds that you just need to pop tip-down in some soil and water. It really couldn't be easier to start growing your own!

Garden Boutique has a selection of Matchstick Gardens available: Wild Flowers, Mixed Greens, Mixed Herbs and Italian Garden. We think they're a great stocking stuffer, and an ideal gift for amateur gardeners - especially for young children who haven't yet discovered the pleasures of tending their own garden!

Monday, 9 November 2009

Gift Guide for a Greener Garden

If you're struggling to find the perfect present for the eco-warrior in your life, look no further! Garden Boutique has a range of eco-friendly and sustainable products designed to make greener living easier, and this gift guide will make your Christmas shopping easier too!

Recycled Clock and Thermometer
£28.95 , available in Classic and Black

This outdoor clock and thermometer are made using recycled plastic coffee cups. The innovative material has a heavy, solid feel much like slate.

Designed to be mounted on a wall, this clock and thermometer is a thoughtful and useful gift for an eco-friendly garden enthusiast.

Perfect for: somebody who spends a lot of time pottering about in the garden.

For a truly unique and imaginative gift you might want to try our Ceramic Bumble Bee Nester. The British bumble bee is in decline, but this sweet little nest will attract them to your garden and give them a dry, safe place to dwell in the winter months.

As well as being brilliant pollinators, bumble bees are a charming sight zipping around your garden in the summer months.

Perfect for: the wildlife gardener with a passion for conservation

Eco String Bag
£3.95 , 6 colours

No more plastic bags! The string shopping bag has made a massive comeback, and we've chosen these on-trend eco-friendly string bags in a range of beautiful colours. Handmade in India using 100% cotton and eco-friendly dyes, they're a durable and stylish alternative to the unsustainable plastic bag.

String bags are also perfect for storing fruit and veg, as they're strong, washable and allow the produce to breathe.

Perfect for: a stocking stuffer for a girlie gardener

Grow Your Own Chilli Plants

This Grow It kit contains everything you need to grow five varieties of chilli, including the classic Jalapeno and the mouth-burning Demon Red. An excellent addition to any kitchen garden, these chilli plants are easy to grow and care for.

The Grow Your Own Chilli kit is an unusual and creative gift. Alternatively, why not try the bonsai, rose or Christmas tree.

Perfect for: The allotment or kitchen gardener with a taste for adventure!

Paper Potter

The best-selling Paper Potter is the ingenious invention that makes old newspaper into biodegradable plant pots for seedlings and small plants.

The Paper Potter is an essential addition to the potting shed of any eco-conscious gardener, replacing the typical plastic pot. It is so popular that a new edition, designed for larger plants, is coming soon.

Perfect for: sustainable gardeners and those who like to start from seed!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Gift Guide for Gentleman Gardeners

Find the perfect gift for the gardening guy in your life with this gift guide. From luxury essentials to simple stocking fillers, Garden Boutique is sure to have everything you need.


Recycled Plant Labels: ground and hanging

These plant labels are made from recycled plastic cups, with a heavy, solid feel and appearance much like slate.

Perfect for: the eco-warrior gardener!

Potting Shed Collection

The shed is no longer only a man's domain, but they still love pottering about in there. This set will give them something useful to do!

Contains everything you need to start off seedlings, including the ever-popular Paper Potter designed to make pots out of recycled newspaper.

The set is made using FSC oak and yew.

Perfect for: the eco-conscious gardener who likes to grow his own.

Cast Iron Boot Jack

Come November in the UK it's officially wellie weather. If you don't want mud trecked all over the floor, you might want to get a cast iron boot jack.

Stylish yet practical, this boot jack with integral brush allows for the quick cleaning and removal or muddy boots and shoes without all the fuss.

Perfect for: the all-weather gardener who'll happily splash about in the knee-deep mud.


Grow Your Own Carnivorous Plants

Indulge his adventurous side with this grow-your-own kit. Contains 1 packet of Pitcher Plant seeds and 1 packet of Venus Fly Trap seeds (think Audrey Two from Little Shop of Horrors) plus everything you need to successfully grow them.

These monstrous-looking plants aren't just a novelty gift though - they'll happily get rid of household flies and other unwanted insects!

Perfect for: the man who's still a boy at heart.

Matchstick Gardens


These matchstick gardens are an ideal stocking stuffer, especially for gardeners growing greens in small spaces! Foodies will love the Mixed Greens and Herbs selections, while flower fans will love a set of mixed wild flowers to sow in the spring.

Perfect for: The window box or allotment gardener.

BBQ Firesteel in Oak


No more soggy matches and weak-flamed lighters - this fire spark means you can light a fire first time, up to 12, 000 times.

It's weatherproof and foolproof - ideal for lighting BBQs, stoves and campfires.

Perfect for: the man who just has to be in charge of the BBQ.


Gentleman's Pruning Gauntlets
Available in Chocolate, Green and Black

Pruning Gauntlets are a gardening essential, and these luxury leather beauties are at the top of their field.

Handmade in a local tannery, the buttery soft suede upper and flexible, thick glove of these gauntlets ensures that you'll never suffer a blister or thorn-prick again!

Perfect for: the gentleman who likes to prune and preen his prize plants!

Luxury Topiary Shears
Available in Small and Large

A good pair of topiary sheers can make easy work of a mess of hedges and shrubs, allowing the gardener to snip away to his hearts content without discomfort.

These luxury gardening shears have leather handles and carbon steel blades that stay sharp for longer. You only need to give them a soft squeeze - your fingers will thank you!

Perfect for: the neat and tidy gardener who just can't resist trimming that hedge or tweaking that shrub!

English Wool Gentleman's Gilet

The Gilet is classic gardening attire - it keeps your body warm without having sleeves to get in the way when you're toiling in the garden.

This Gilet is handmade in a local tannery out of leather and good old English wool. A handsome and classic design, it will suit any gentleman gardener.

Perfect for: the everyday gardener. This durable gilet will withstand everyday wear and tear and look even more distinguished with age.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Victorian Window Boxes

This Victorian-style window box adds some real rustic romance to your garden, balcony or patio. Designed to look like an aging antique, it is an equisitely made ironwork box with zinc tray, perfect for holding pots of flowers and herbs.

Why not place one on a low, bare wall or ledge and fill it with ivy and voluminous perrenials - it will look even better when the rustic wire arches are just peeking out beneath the foliage.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Baskets Galore!

Wire Window Planter
Small - £9.95
Large - £16.95

It's time to liven up your sad old summer planters and windowboxes and what better way to welcome winter than getting in some lovely wirework baskets to plant up pretty cyclamens and ivy. These baskets make a subtle design statement, and look best with a froth of foliage woven through their wire frames. Check out our Pots and Windowboxes Collection for more ideas.