A TEA PLANT FOR CHRISTMAS SO YOU CAN GROW YOUR OWN TEA…

Did you know that it is easy to grow your own tea plant? ‘Camellia Sinensis is the evergreen plant that can produce tea leaves for 50-100 years. It also produces a fragrant leaf that has pretty winter flowers.

£20 from Plants By Post

Although originating in the Himalayas, you don’t need a large garden to grow this tea plant, a planter on your wall or a simple pot will work fine, however it does need to be brought indoors or put into a greenhouse in the cold weather. This tea plant can make black, green, white or oolong tea. It’s obviously not as simple as popping a tea bag into a cup but you can use a simple strainer if you just fancy green tea.

It is a slow-growing, tender, large, upright evergreen shrub, with dark-green, lance-shaped, toothed leaves. It has fragrant, white, single flowers with many golden-yellow stamens in autumn and winter. If you drink tea, black, or green, this is the plant it comes from. Commercially grown plants are pruned to a height of 1.2m, to facilitate picking.

These are healthy young British grown plants that will continue to grow year after year. They are in bud and looking super with plenty of foliage and will make a great addition to a garden. The one above from Plants4Presents is £27.00

CHRISTMAS GIFT SETS FOR OUTDOOR and INDOOR LIFESTYLES…

If you are looking for some thoughtful Christmas presents to buy for a family or friend who loves the outdoors then Hawwl.store is where you will find something special.

Life is now changing after our lockdown. More families and friends are spending time outside their protective walls. There is a rising demand for well made outdoor wear and accessories to use in multiple environments.

Hawwl.store is a lifestyle online store, and if you read their ‘About Us, page you will see that they have studied what products fit this idea perfectly with lights, blankets, outerwear, eat and drink products plus lots for camping with products that can be used inside and out.

Here are some of their lovely gifts sets for Christmas.

For adventures

This portable table lamp for indoor and outdoor use with a rechargeable battery, use for dining, camping, even baby changing! with their quilted throw, garden, beach or play mat… £130.00

For the wine lover…

A portable wine tumbler crafted from high-quality glass wrapped in protective silicone, with their organic undyed Gotland sheep wool throw. What more does one need for a cosy night in or cosy night out £115.00

For everyday…

This large waterproof tote bag by Rains is a classic, along with the coffee keep cup, school run, dog walk, pit stop at the park or morning routine!. £55.00

For the cook…

Charred’ is the vegetarian grilling and bbq cookbook, with over 70 recipes, with these deep enamel plates sturdy enough for outside and yet beautiful enough for indoor use. £35.00

Gift cards are also available from Hawwl.Store from £20.00

Cookbook ‘Charred also available on its own for £16.99 –

Charred With sections on Stuffed and wrapped veg, Burgers and fritters, Kebabs, Low, slow and smoked, and Sharing Platters, the vegetarian dishes will be the highlight of every meal, with the likes of whole roast cauliflower drenched in spiced garlic butter, griddled radicchio with burrata and figs, or corn on the cob with Cambodian coconut, lime and chilli.

Live-fire and BBQ expert Genevieve Taylor has developed these inventive, sensational dishes so that they can just as easily be cooked in a grill pan or conventional oven, year-round. Celebrate the magic that happens when glorious veg meets flame!