Okay, it IS another list of gifts for gardeners, but I tried to find a few things that I haven't seen on other lists. A few are on other lists because they're just great gifts. I personally own some of these and others I wouldn't mind having. Santa, are you listening?
Have a look at the list and then be sure to enter the giveaway!
- Copper Hose Pot
I've long been an admirer of these, but have never been able to part with the money it takes to buy one. Still, a girl can dream, can't she? Yardiac has a few nice ones on their site, and while I couldn't make up my mind between a couple of them, I decided the one with the verdigris finish would fit in best with our garden decor. It has a hole in the side, allowing you to keep the hose hooked up to the spigot, or if you want to use the pot as a planter, they include a plug for the hole.
- Bon-Aire Original Ultimate Hose Nozzle
While we're talking about hoses, let me tell you about the hose nozzle I bought earlier this year. I've used many, many nozzles, mainly because they either didn't hold up, they got stiff and hard to squeeze, or they just stopped working altogether. But I love the Bon-Aire Ultimate Hose Nozzle!
You can control the water flow to be as light or as strong as you want (five different spray patterns) and after an entire dry summer of giving it a workout, it worked just as well at the end of the summer as it did at the beginning. But even if it hadn't, it's got a lifetime warranty.
- Garden Plant Tags
aHa! Modern Living has the. coolest. gifts. evah. I always like browsing their online store, because their offerings are unusual and chic. I particularly like their reusable plant tags. They come in sets of six (6 tags + 6 steel stakes) in either floral or herbal patterns. The herbal ones are my favorites. They recommend you use a gel ballpoint pen to write on the tags, then when you want to change the name you've written, just use soap and water to clean them and start over.
- Kombi Garden Shovel
I received a Kombi Garden Shovel this week, along with a Kombi Trowel. Believe me, I was itching to go outside and use them, but winter decided to show up. The ground is frozen, so I'll have to wait until spring to give them a workout. Still, I can tell I'm going to LOVE these tools.
They have a wickedly dangerous look to them, but their sharpened forked edges are what make them such a workhorse in the garden. I could have really used these when I was planting my bulbs out in the cold, semi-frozen ground a couple of weekends ago! More on these tools in the spring!
- "Glitz Bee" Necklace by Fossil
There's plenty of jewelry out there that has a special appeal to gardeners. When I recently came across this "Glitz Bee" necklace by Fossil, I had to have it. We all know what an important part the bees play in the success of our gardens, so why not wear it proudly, close to your heart?
I have an additional reason for buying this one. A co-worker calls me "Kylee Bumblebee" because people always try to slip an extra "B" into my last name and it sounds a bit like "bumblebee" when you pronounce it.
Fossil offers "Glitz Bee" earrings as well, but I thought those to be a bit much when worn with the necklace, so I opted for the "Glitz Daisy" earrings. Flowers for my bee. :-)
- American Horticultural Society Membership
I have touted the benefits of membership in the American Horticultural Society before. I've been a member for four years now and have more than gotten my membership dues in return, while benefiting this non-profit organization.
For $35 a year, you receive a subscription to their excellent magazine, The American Gardener (6 issues, published bi-monthly). Showing your membership card will also get you into many botanical gardens across the country for free, as well as into many home and garden shows. You'll also receive a discount on purchases made in many of the gardens' gift shops.
- Velcro Plant Ties
I use quite a bit of this every summer. I use it inside with my house plants, too. Velcro Plant Ties are such a great idea for twining plants, plants that tend to fall over, tying up tomato plants, and any number of other uses. You can tear off a section without using scissors and they're reusable. I'm amazed at just how long they last, being exposed to the elements, especially the sun.
They're readily available in packages of varying lengths at your local garden centers and big box stores for under $10, so they would make a great stocking stuffer. (I received some in my stocking last year.)
- Copper Saucers
Oh where were these when I was looking for square and rectangle saucers for under my houseplants? Garden Room has round ones in varying sizes, too. They're copper-plated steel and gorgeous.
- Garden Tree Ornaments
Our Christmas tree has several blown glass ornaments, many of them garden related. I found this tomato ornament at Bronner's of Frankenmuth, Michigan. Hallmark usually has at least one gardening type ornament each year. I like the ones by Marjolein Bastin.
- Magnets by Brighton
Brighton is one of my favorite stores. I proceed with caution when I choose to pass through their doors, because I know my bank account will suffer some degree of loss before I leave. They have so many beautiful things there that it's more than my willpower can handle. I found the cutest magnets that any gardener would love. A few are shown here:
- Woolly Vagabond Plant Purse
Yes, it's a leather purse with plants. The Woolly Pocket Garden Company actually pictures their product in the hands of a woman, carrying it as a purse. A novel idea, but I like how it looks on this shelf. You can also get it with a reclaimed wooden pulley for hanging. An inquiry to the company about these tells me they're not in stock, so I can't tell you firsthand about the quality nor show you how I would use it, but I can imagine it in a certain location in my family room...
- EasyBloom Plant Sensor by PlantSense
I reviewed this last year and used it for a couple of plants that I wanted to overwinter. Mostly, I used it for the large pot of Coleus that I overwintered last year and what do you know - I was not only successful, I had to keep pruning them back throughout the winter, they did so well. It was especially helpful in letting me know when I should water them. That's what always gets me - that frequency of watering thing.
You can use the sensor for outdoor plants as well, but I personally think it's more helpful for houseplants. Not only will it tell you what you need to do to help your existing plants grow better, it will tell you what plants are best to grow in your particular environment. The geek in me loves how it collects information from your plant and its location and then interacts with your computer to give you recommendations.
PlantSense has generously provided an EasyBloom Plant Sensor for me to give away! The suggested retail price for this is $59.95 ($38.49 at Amazon), but one lucky reader will win one just by leaving a comment here, giving their own gardener gift suggestion.
I'll keep the contest open until Monday night, when I'll use a random number chooser to pick a winner from all the comments received by midnight EST. The EasyBloom will be shipped directly from the company to the winner, hopefully arriving in time for Christmas.
So tell me, what garden related item would you add to my gift list?
EDIT: For a list of great gardening books (always a good gift!), please visit my other blog, Gardening by the Book.