Beatrix Potter themed Holiday gifts!
More ideas below, plus, even more here on HGTV Gardens, who so kindly featured my blog on their Garden Blogger Gift Guide post! How cool is that!
|Guy Wolff pots come the closest to those seen in most every Beatrix Potter garden illustration.|
One can never have too many of these treasures.
GUY WOLFF POTTERY
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|Variegated Zonal Geraniums (Pelargonium) were popular in the late 19th Century.|
Many illustrations from Beatrix Potter include period zonal geraniums or zonal pelargoniums, so popular during the turn of the century with their colored foliage and variegation. Some illustrations clearly show Pelargonium 'Mrs. Pollock which took the gardening world by storm in England when it was introduced in 1880, 'Santa Maria' with its green foliage edged in cream and 'Wilhem Langguth' or Flower of Spring'. Surely she would have had 'Crystal Palace ten as well as 'Dolly Varden'
Heirloom Geraniums from Goodwin Creek Gardens $5.50
As a side note, and for a slightly related gift inspired by these pelargoniums, the book THE SMALLEST KINGDOM by Mike and Liz Fraser also features some illustrations of pelargoniums, and in particular, it include this illustration from Mrs. Potter's Peter Rabbit. A spectacular book for any garden or plant lover's library, it is available from the Kew Book shop as well as Amazon, and it would appeal to a wide range of people including botanists, historians, botanical art fans, naturalists as well as bulb collectors.
Burnt Brown Cedar Barrels by Shine Company $116.99 - $159.00
Robin's and Rabbit's sold separately.
Colonial Wooden Wheel Barrow by Shine Company $66.99
From Mrs. Tiggy Winkle to The Tales of Peter Rabbit, cedar and chestnut wooden wheelbarrows are Mr. McGregor's go-to choice for hauling everything from freshly pulled weeds to clay pots to and from the potting shed. He even used them when harvesting carrots and cabbages. We had one of these growing up, and I can say that it has lasted nearly 50 years.
Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail all had bread, milk and blackberries for supper.
Don't you deserve some too?
Blackberry, Currant and Gooseberry Plants from Backyard Fruit Nursery $23.99 and up.
A gift certificate for a berry garden might be the perfect gift that can provide a family you love with a lifetime of happy memories. Go all English with a selection of gooseberries, varios currants, blackberries or black and red raspberries.
|Fuchsia's trained as standards were often a subject of Ms. Potter, although they rarely show up in her published works.|
Imagine pots of these in your garden next summer - order them in a few months from EGG and I GARDENS, for they have dozens and dozens of new and ancient varieties.
The traditional Haws English Watering Can, introduced in 1885 is exactly what your garden, or your best friends garden needs this coming year. Check out these, and many other fine Haws Watering Cans here. Mix and match the brass roses and be sure to consider an all copper can for perfect patina.
Camomile Tea – MEADOW by Smith Teamaker from William Sonoma
Have you nibbled on just a few too many gooseberry tarts or bowls of fresh cream and berries this Holiday season? Then perhaps you need a nice tuck into bed, and a warm cup of tummy-soothing camomile tea. SMITH TEAMAKER makes not only an original blend called MEADOW, they even have attractive packaging, nice enough to display on your potting bench or cupboard.
Marta McDowell's new book from Timber Press might be another option. Just published in November.
I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
An image from BEATIX POTTER'S GARDENING LIFE by MARTA MCDOWELL
( Timber Press)