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Last Minute Gift Guide: Plant Lover

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With just under two weeks to Christmas, you might be struggling to find a gift for that certain someone. We’ve put together a few suggestions to help make gifting a little easier.

First up it’s plant lovers

A lockdown hobby has become a way of life. After discovering their nurturing side, what started out as a few seedlings now puts Kew Gardens to shame. Here are some local shopping suggestions for someone whose living room is starting to look like a scene from Day of the Triffids.

Upside Down Houseplants

It’s a coffee shop, but with plants!

If you visited Upside Down pre-lockdown, you’ll know just how much they love plants. A variety of weird and wonderful greenery lines the main walls of the coffee shop like vegetal catwalk models. Plants have long been backdrop to the shop, providing living colour.

Based in Blackpool town centre, you can drop in and browse an extensive selection of greenery. You can pick up small gifts for pocket money prices ranging to the larger plants coming in at around £18-£20 mark. Staff are knowledgeable on plant care and provide care cards for you to take home. The variety of plants changes frequently, so it’s worth taking a look at their Facebook or Instagram to see what’s in store before you head in. You can also pre-order online for click and collect.

We can also browse a variety of rather fancy specialist coffees ranging from roughly £9.50-£18. The striking design of the packaging alone makes this a thoughtful gift for your coffee aficionado.

The coffee shop is still open for takeaway service, so make sure to pick up a brew for the journey home.

Website (coffee & plants):
www.upsidedownblackpool.com
Online Shop  |  Facebook  |  Instagram
Schefflera Arboricola 'Melanie', the Neon Umbrella Plant, £11 (pot 13cm)
Euphorbia Pulcherrima Red Glitter £4 Pot size: Super Cute (6cm)

Roots Plant Life

Richard Oughton, the man behind Roots describes himself as a self-confessed plantaholic with a love of all things green. Richard loves helping folks to bring more greenery into their homes and workspaces so that they can experience the and wellbeing benefits of bringing the outdoors in. Working from his home-base in Blackpool, Richard has an extensive range of plants to suit all future all pockets and experience levels.

Check out the sleek new Roots website, where you’ll find a range of plants starting from £5 to £20. Richard is happy to advise on plant care and all Roots plants come with a care card to help you look after your new addition adding to your urban jungle. If you have any questions about plants in stock or would like recommendations, Roots are really quick to reply via social media. We recommend taking a look at the Facebook page where new plants are posted.

Roots stocks Shell on Earth, plant pot and terrarium dressing. It’s made from crushed whelk shells and is a recycled by-product from a family-run seafood factory. If you can’t decide on a plant right now, you can also buy gift certificates.

Roots also provides free delivery to FY postcodes. This is great if you can’t get out to shop and it also beats any postal service as the plants are delivered to your doorstep with great care.

Website: www.rootsplantlife.co.uk
Online Shop  |  Facebook  |  Instagram
Money Tree,
Money Tree, £18.99
Asparagus Fern
Asparagus Fern, £9.99
Pot Bound

Iz Durose loves collecting and looking after houseplants. Throughout lockdown, she felt that caring for plants had given her purpose, happiness and mental stability. Iz started painting plant pots and was soon creating bespoke commissions for other plant fans. Fast forward to November and Iz picked up the keys to her first shop in St Annes. From a couple of orders a week to a full time job it’s been amazing to see this artist’s business flourish!

Iz is busy working on her existing Christmas orders and getting the shop ready (due to open Jan 2021), but has a few lovely gifts still available.

The Gardeners Dream (right) is a handpainted garden trug which includes lots of treats for suitable for a green-fingered friend or relative. For £40, you get 5m of twine, seeds, a hand-painted pot, quality garden gloves, quality hand cream and a bag of soil. It can be personalised with a quote or name on the bottom. You also have the option to add a gift voucher.

Really want that bespoke pot? You’ve not missed your chance! You can still order gift vouchers for individual pots.

You can browse a wide range of plants on the PotBound Instagram. If you’d like to buy, just send Iz a message on Facebook or Instagram. You can also send an email.

Oh and we really should mention that it’s free delivery for all FY postcodes too, lovely!

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Gardeners Dream garden trug, £40
Bespoke painted plant pot by PotBound, POA

Details correct at the time of writing. Please visit vendors’ websites/social media sites to check prices and delivery details before purchase

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