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:
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. £29.99.
Among the most practical presents is the Bosch AMW 10 Multi-tool, an all-in-one device for tackling lawn edges, trees and hedges.
The motor unit retails from £79.99, a hedgecutter attachment from £69.99, a pole pruner attachment from £69.99 and a heavy duty trimmer attachment from £59.99. The complete kit is available from £199.99 from 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. 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.
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. My favourite is Woodland Wilf Born To Be Wild, a pint-sized figure sitting on a motorbike, which features a solar light as its headlamp. RRP £19.99. 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. Published by Simon & Schuster, £14.99.
If the little ones want something to do with dad, what about 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.
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 Seed Pantry