Five FUNtastic Gift Ideas from Logee’s!
By Laurelynn Martin
The holidays can get overwhelming with gift giving, and trying to find just the right present for the special people in your life. If you fall back on your love for plants, and share that with your friends and family, then gift giving is easy. Here are some fun and unusual gift choices from Logee’s to help make shopping easier this holiday season…
In the spirit of the holidays, Crown of Thorns ‘Peppermint Candy’ (Euphorbia milii) is visually appealing and conjures up the familiar holiday taste of peppermint. It has beautiful white and green leaf variegation and bright red flowers that bloom non-stop on any sunny windowsill. It’s a good choice for beginning gardeners since Crown of Thorns has the ability to tolerate dryness and neglect. Variegated euphorbias tend to be slow growers, which lends itself nicely to limited space. Only water when the soil is visually dry and give full sun for best results.
Our next unusual gift is Perpetual Vanilla that represents the newly coined phrase “farm to table.” The bakers in your life will love this old-fashioned way of making vanilla extract. The 5 oz. bottle is packed with three Madagascar vanilla beans and easy to follow instructions. Split the beans open to expose the flavor, fill the bottle with vodka and wait 4 weeks. This gift keeps giving because when you use the extract, you simply refill the bottle with vodka. Perpetual Vanilla lasts 3 years. Hopefully, your baker will keep giving you goodies from their homemade vanilla infused recipes. At least that’s been my experience. Each bottle is beautifully hand dipped in beeswax and tied with raffia.
Another gift worth considering is the Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides), famous for its lore of attracting money into one’s life. Its ability to grow under low light makes this desirable for the beginning gardener and its dwarf size adds to its charm for windowsill culture. The round, shiny leaves become mounded as the plant matures and give the appearance of large, green coins stacked on top of one another. When grown under cooler growing conditions, it will produce flowers in the wintertime, although, as with most pileas, the flowers are somewhat insignificant.
Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum) is one of the most beloved epiphytes, well known for its unusual antler-shaped leaves. The gracefully arching antler fronds grow upward from the base of the plant while the round shield fronds protect the root ball. We’ve planted this Staghorn Fern in an attractive cedar basket that creates a beautiful showpiece in your home.
Last, but certainly not least, is a gift certificate from Logee’s Greenhouses. Available in a wide range of values, your gift certificate will be emailed to the recipient’s email address, and can be redeemed either in our online plant store at Logees.com, or at our Danielson, CT retail location. This is the perfect gift idea for the plant-loving people in your life!
Thank you for visiting. We’re certain these gifts will delight the gardeners (or cooks) on your holiday gift list. Before you go, be sure to request your free Logee’s catalog. You can learn more below about the holiday gift ideas mentioned in this article. Happy Holidays from Logee’s!