The arrival of the Gardener’s Year Journal by Studio Wald has got us dreaming of the year ahead. The journal features a bold monochromatic abstract plant patterned cover and with open-dated month to view pages divided into weeks and a place to write in the month, you can make a note of all your planting dates and garden reminders, such as when your seedlings are ready to be potted-out or your blooms are due a feed. Plus there are lots of extra pages such as notes, shopping list, garden planning and weights and measures. Here are a few ideas from Of Cabbages and Kings.
Start planning the year. Use this time to get an overview of what you want to achieve in your garden. Keep track of what you want to plant, planting dates and harvest times.
Gardener’s Year Journal – £5.95
Solitary Bees nest in the spring so make sure you have a home waiting for them like these Bee Bricks. The Bee Brick provides a stylish urban nesting site for red mason bees and leaf cutter bees among others, and make a lovely addition to any garden or allotment.
Bee Brick – £30
Start sewing your seeds in early spring with the help of this handy Paper Pot Press. Paper pots are made from strips of newspaper rolled around and shaped by the press. Fill with your growing medium and plant with seeds.
Paper Pot Press – £14.50
This is a good time of year to give your houseplants a once over. Re-pot them if necessary and trim off any dead or dying leaves. The Houseplant Care Cards are a boxed gift set containing 35 cards packed full of advice and tips for botanical success indoors.
Houseplant Care Cards – £12.95
Start planting out your seedlings and take inspiration from this five colour screen print by artist Tom Berry. A vine of bright pinks and reds entwines around a teal figure as they are planting it into the ground. The painterly mark making of the figure’s body compliments the crisp outline of the vine leaves, creating a joyful print and a celebration of nature.
Garden Man II – £65
In the warm weather plants start to grow quickly, especially the unwanted ones. Keep on top of your weeding and deadheading. Or embrace a wild mass of plants like in Ashley Amery‘s print Ponds and Plants. A surreal waterscape of wiggling weeds and brightly coloured flora and fauna.
Ponds and Plants – £165
Your garden is alive and thriving, but so are others. Use this time and the summer weather to explore. Hoxton Mini Press have put together a selection of the best parks and green spaces London has to offer. A tough choice in a city that has 3,000 parks! This little guide is perfect for finding the ideal picnic spot or place for a walk. From central London to some outer boroughs and detailing 50 locations, you will find a new green space to fall in love with.
As some plants finish flowering you can let them go to seed, providing you with seeds for next year’s planting. This Seed Collecting Kit has all you need to harvest, categorise and plant your seeds in one handy tin.
Seed Collecting Kit – £15.99
As fruits and vegetables start to ripen, now is the time to cook and enjoy them. Use this Recipe Journal to keep track of treasured family recipes or ones you swap with friends. The journal also includes a handy weights and measurements page at the back.
Recipe Journal – £8.95
Autumn approaches and plants begin to die back and trees shed their leaves. Keep your garden tidy by collecting them up and you can even make leaf mould for next year. This painterly rendition of an Autumn Leaf by Gavin Dobson is a four layer screen print in rich autumnal tones.
Autumn Leaf – £225
During the winter it’s even more important to feed garden birds. This stylish Birdball Seed Feeder is made in the UK from slipcast clay, this simple design is frost resistant and offers safe, year-round feeding for birds such as tits, sparrows, finches, woodpeckers and nuthatches.
Birdball Seed Feeder – £59.95
There is not a lot happening in the garden in December so hunker down, dream of the year to come and do a bit of plant research with this beautiful The Botanical City book. Inspired by William Curtis’ Flora Londinesis and illustrated with exquisite 18th century artworks, it reveals the hidden secrets of plants and flowers growing on your doorstep through up-to-date information, long forgotten folklore and herbal traditions.
The Botanical City – £25