Do you have a green thumb on your Christmas list? Do they talk about flowers and compost all the time? Pick something from my list of tested and personally proven gardening gadgets, plants, and books, for a hit on Christmas morning. Ranging from computer apps, jewelry, tools, and gifts that you can create yourself, there is something for everybody on your list who digs in the dirt. If you want the full list, go to http://www.pinterest.com/clairetjones/gifts-for-great-gardeners/. Below, I give you a list of some of my favorites.
Light Duty Shears
These shears from http://www.leevalley.com at $36.50, are one of my all-time favorite tools. They are light-weight shears designed for “tender growth and detail work”. Don’t expect them to trim your cedar hedge, but if you’re looking for trimmers that are comfortable to wield with minimal arm fatigue, these weigh only 1 lb 8 oz, and do very nicely on light topiary, small hedges and grasses, and cutting back perennials. These light-weight, all-purpose shears are perfect for cutting back plants at the end of the season. Also great for shearing back perennials to get a second bloom, they have become indispensable in my tool kit. When I go out to the garden with my Felco’s, I usually have a pair of these along.
Woman’s Work gloves are my glove of choice. I always wear gloves when working in the gardening to protect my hands and have used dozens of kinds. Woman’s Work gloves are tough, reinforced at the fingertips (they are the first to go), and come in a variety of styles and colors for $26.00. This style is my favorite at http://womanswork.com/ and also at Amazon.com.
- Machine washable
- Designed to fit a woman’s hands
- Beautiful periwinkle blue
- Velcro wrist closure keeps garden soil out
- Terry brow wipe on thumb (Yes, I do use this!)
Do I Need Another Shovel??
Yes, if it makes your job easier. Designed with a woman’s body in mind, HERShovel™ is made for:
- Optimum fit
- Maximum comfort
- Maximum efficiency
- Maximum safety
- Greatest ease of use
Every feature of HERS™ is based on women’s bodies, digging & shoveling styles, from the shape & diameter of the handle to the three shaft lengths, to the angle and enlarged step on the tempered steel blade. This is the only shovel I use now, and is available from http://www.greenherontools.com/hershovel.html for $64.99. I love the big chunky handle and the large step on the blade for stamping down hard!
Some Pig Wall Sculpture
Enough tools, we need something fun!
A “Charlotte’s Web” fan and a great gardener? This is perfect! Charlotte’s Web inspired barbed wire spider web by thedustyraven on Etsy, for $75.00. I put this up at my Decorator Showhouse this spring and it got a lot of attention! It has absolutely no function other than decoration and I love it.
Wildflower Seed Bombs
New to guerilla gardening? It is all the rage and you can check it out on http://thegardendiaries.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/guerilla-gardening/. These are basically balls of wildflower seeds held together with some clay, that you can distribute around your neighborhood to beautify your surroundings. Available at http://www.etsy.com/shop/PlantablesAndPaper in a rainbow of colors.
Check out the rest of my suggestions at http://www.pinterest.com/clairetjones/gifts-for-great-gardeners/. Below are some great DIY ideas that you could make for your favorite gardener on your list.
Go to http://thegardendiaries.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/garden-hose-wreath/ to see how to make the hose wreath out of an old hose and tools.
Go to http://thegardendiaries.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/green-up-your-winter-with-a-terrarium/ to get ideas and how-to on putting together a terrarium for the nature lover on your list.
You can’t go wrong with potting up a large Amaryllis bulb and this is one of my favorites. You can buy them at local nurseries or go to https://store.brentandbeckysbulbs.com/ and go to http://thegardendiaries.wordpress.com/2013/11/15/brilliant-amaryllis-2/ to see how to take care of it.