Gardening: Tell her she’s hot with a chilli plant

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WITH Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about showing your gardening loved one that you care.

A heart-warming gardening gift will help put the seeds of romance back into your life – if you choose wisely.

Not flowers and chocolates again! Surely the way to a green-fingered person’s heart on Valentine’s Day is to make the most of the great outdoors, do some spectacular planting, and then wallow in luxury at the end of a hard day’s digging?

There’s an abundance of romantic gifts for the gardener out there, whether on the high street or in garden centres, from simple heart-shaped garden ornaments to wonderful hampers of luxurious, sweetly scented organic products to wash away the toil of the day.

Think beyond the box of chocolates to items which will bring pleasure for years to come.

If your loved one is inspired by other people’s gardens, or simply enjoys a romantic day out in the open air, why not treat him/her to a day out in the Lothian countryside?

Or, as he/she is the apple of your eye, why not buy an apple tree for your garden and name it after them?

Most Lothian garden centres are able to offer such timely gifts, including outdoor clocks – perfect to admire during those long spring and summer evenings to come.

For someone you think is hot stuff, why not opt for a gift of a chilli plant to grow in a windowsill container?

Or what about creating a romantic mood, either inside a conservatory or outside in the garden, with a set of coloured glass tealights?

If you are looking for a Valentine’s treat for an avid birdwatcher, what about a new pair of binoculars or a feeder for their favourite feathered friends?

If you’d rather display a token of your love artistically, perhaps you could create some heart-shaped topiary of your own using privet or box?

Whatever gift you choose this Valentine’s Day, make sure it is one to remember.