I went to a garden trade show earlier in the year, and couldn’t help but be lured towards a display of beautiful yellow and black leather gloves, that seemed to croon:
Yellow… Is it me you’re looking for?
Gold Leaf is a British family run company that is clearly devoted to making the best gardening gloves it can. While I was on the stand, a head gardener from Buckingham Palace popped on to order a few more pairs (I did wonder if they were for herself or ‘her indoors’).
I too took a pair home to try out, and I’ve been wearing them in all weathers, fair and foul, for a couple of months now. Considering that they come in a ‘one size fits all’, they are incredibly comfortable, stretching to fit even my (less-than-regal) hands. This allows for a fair amount of dexterity for most gardening jobs.
The gauntlet-style suede cuffs defend against troublesome brambles, as well as stopping soil getting in while planting and weeding (an annoying feature of too-short gloves).
Being quality-lined leather, they are warm without being at all sweaty. And I think very reasonably priced at around £25.
Warning: I noticed that there were several inferior ‘yellow gauntlet’ imitations around the show, clearly trying to muscle in on Gold Leaf’s reputation. They were a little cheaper but poorer in quality, comfort and fit. You won’t get the ‘look of glove’ if you give those for Christmas.