This should probably be called a “Gift Guide for Gardeners” because, as you can imagine, I zero in on all things garden related. I’ve found all sorts of distinctive and, while not really unusual, they ARE off-the-beaten-track kind of items.

First of all let’s focus on some new garden books.
Do you know Monty Don?  If you don’t yet know him, check out  “Gardeners World” on YouTube. The BBC program has just celebrated its 50th season and every single one is worth watching. He is a wonder. I have learned so much and anyway, it’s a great way to pass some time!

Available HERE

If you are a Bloomsbury Group follower, or a Virginia Woolf admirer, or both then this book is for you. The reviews are wonderful; the photography said to be “sumptuous”; it combines gardening with the life of Leonard and Virginia Woolf at Monk’s House.

Buy it HERE


How about these beautiful return address labels? Many to choose from, and many other products, but the designs with flowers and fauna are so lovely.


For the active gardener(!) , this pad will never get lost or misplaced:


This is something I came across last year. I found it at Terrain but you can also buy direct from the manufacturer, Rosy Rings.

This scent is heavenly! I do wish they had/sold small candles, oils, whatever so you could buy a few in a pack and test the scents. So difficult to choose without actually having a sniff test… This is the only one I know, and I love it. I so also have the Wax Sachets and love them too.  In any case, it is a USA made product and definitely worth looking at.

And now to some live plants:


A real live Southern Magnolia! It could be the start of something wonderful. Available HERE and sure to please any gardening friend.


There are SO many places, both on line and in store, to buy Amaryllis bulbs. But rather than the traditional red and its variations, this candy pink with green centers version is stunning. And the beautiful garden pottery pot from Wakefield Sutdio is gorgeous. And perfect for re-use!

I just found this today:
What a great idea: a market backpack made from palm leaves. How to look really cool at the market whether used as a backpack or the carrying handles!

Buy it here at Greige Design


So, that’s it for now. I will try to post another Gift Guide for next Monday. But it’s getting busy around here.
For all you locals, I am selling at two shows in early December:

First up is the St. Thomas More Holiday Shoppe on December 2nd. I did this show last year and am fortunate to have made it in again this year.


The following week, December 9th, I will be at The Carolina Inn:

You will be hearing more about these two shows as the time gets closer!



  1. I love that Magnolia.

  2. Am a huge fan of Gardeners World and I agree, I too have learnt so much from watching the programme, which as we get English TV as well as French here in France we watch every week. Monty’s new book will be a treat for anyone who loves gardens and gardening plus he has such a fascinating life story.
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  4. Great ideas! Happy Thanksgiving, Libby.

  5. Great ideas, Libby! I am a fan of Monty Don, have you seen his series several-part Secret History of British Gardens? He has other shows too. I have watched all of them on You Tube. Another good website for many varieties of Amaryllis and Paperwhites is I have had success with their bulbs the last few years. I am a fan of Felix Doolittle too, I have some of his return address labels and could order so many things off his website shop, love everything he does. Going to check out your links for V Woolf’s Garden, the scented oil for our bath and LOVE the backpack!

  6. I love that kneeling pad. I’ll have a look at Monty don’s book – I’m addicted to Gardener’s World on YouTube.