Have you been in your garden? I bet you have! This week I gave my first garden tour in Hopalong Hollow. I was a bit reluctant about having a garden club traipse my paths, because things here are so FAR from perfect. Perhaps I had forgotten that true garden lovers are special people; they don't require perfection, they are interested in atmosphere, plants, garden bones and ideas. The group of 8 women brought sack lunches and sat beneath the trees after the "tour", as ducklings waddled past and Peacocks willingly spread their tails to have their photos taken. I handed out seeds from my garden that I had collected last summer and a good time was had by all.
I also enjoyed the company of a longtime blogger friend, Sharon, who stopped by the Hollow on her way through East Tennessee this week. It is always a delight to meet up with bloggers!
Sharon's friend Larry walked through the gardens and commented that " I bet people give you a lot of plants" to which I replied, "Hmmm. not really, seeds sometimes, but not often plants" It got me to thinking of gifts that gardeners would love to receive and here is the list I came up with.
1.) Garden gloves; all types, rubber, leather, vinyl, cotton, rose pruning gloves. Gardeners go through gloves like my donkeys go through a bag of animal crackers!
2.) A potted perennial or a 6 pack of small annuals, believe me, a gardener will find a place to put a gifted plant. Every time that gardener looks at the plant, she will think of you! You will become a part of her garden. Packets of Seeds are nice too, especially if they can be sown directly in the garden.
3.) A garden hat is SO IMPORTANT! I found this great hat which is perfect for many reasons; it shades my face, it is lightweight, and it has air holes in the top to let your scalp breath without the sun burning it.
4.) Cheap plastic sunglasses, sunblock and sunscreen. Garden-folk go through tubes and tubes of this stuff! Cheap sunglasses because they are going to get scratched up and stepped on eventually.
OR, any beautiful garden book, because gardeners love to dream.
6.) Small hand garden tools like pruners and hand rakes and diggers AND doodads like plant markers,
Which come in oodles of shapes ... my friend makes these that you see beneath.
7.) And last but not least, what gardener does not love a bee skep?
or a concrete bunny?ANYTHING that has a bee or a bird on it!
One thing you SHOULDN'T buy a gardener? garden shoes.. why? because garden shoes must be chosen by the gardener. They need to be comfortable more that anything else and only the person wearing the shoes can determine that.
These are my favorite garden shoes, an old pair of Bass loafers.
So the next time you need a gift for a gardener, be it your mom, your sister, your neighbor or best friend, take it from me and put a real smile on a gardeners face with a garden treasure.
Have I left anything out? What gift would you love to have as a garden lady?
The new garden video I am working on is the revival of this side garden. I've been restoring this garden for the past 4 days. It was destroyed last year when a walnut tree fell into it and smashed it to bits. I will be planting and
gathering stones from the creek.)