Monday, October 1, 2007

Gifts for the Gardener

My grandpa had a saying, “Spring is sprung, grass is riz. Wonder where the flowers is?” When April and May roll around, this silly rhyme rolls through my head. I start looking for those tulips and daffodils to poke up to confirm that my hard work last fall has paid off.

Do you have a gardener in your life? Even if your gardener is more of an amateur (like me) than a professional, a few gardening gifts can inspire him or her to create a lasting masterpiece.

If your loved one is new to the pleasure of gardening, the list of ideas is endless. Novice gardeners can use trowels, rakes, seedlings, seeds, watering devices and hand-held pruners. Container gardening is popular for those with limited outdoor space or for those who don’t wish to tear up the yard. An assortment of pots along with some potting soil and plants can give the recipient a ready-made and easy to maintain garden. If you want to add something unique to this gift, consider a pot scrubber. Yes, there is such thing!

Maybe your gardener is more experienced, and has every gadget one can find in the gardening catalog. A garden ornament may be just the thing. There are all kinds of statues, glass balls, wind chimes, and the like that can put a lovely finishing touch to any garden. Another idea for the experienced gardener would be skin care products. Working in the earth can be very fulfilling, but is also very hard on the hands, and no gardener can have too many skin pampering products.

Everyone is going organic these days, and what can be more organic than growing your own garden. While it’s not a pretty gift, a supply of organic fertilizer is like gold to the gardener. These fertilizers can come in the form of tea bags that are steeped in water, bags of compost, or concentrates that are dissolved in water.

Every gardener should have a gardener’s diary. These specially designed diaries allow the gardener to record what plants have been planted, where they were planted, how well they grew, etc. So, when that little weed-looking plant comes up in the spring, one simply refers to the gardener’s diary to recall that it’s not a weed at all, but that patch of herbs that were planted last summer.

And another great gift idea is a memory album in which they can place photos of the plant and garden – now how delightful would that be? Or for something they might never think about for themselves, take a golf towel (just perfect for wiping dirty hands on) and hook it onto a garener’s bag filled with basic tools like a trowel, pari of leather garden gloves and forked weeder.

I, Jonell Ziola am a gardener and when I'm not working in my Accounting and Management consulting business, I find there is nothing more fulfilling to me after a long day of weeding and pruning than relaxing in the view of all those lovely flowers or maybe even writing about it at my gardeners' gift blog. It makes a And for those who know me personally, what better way to do that than in that lovely hammock you gave her for her birthday? (hint, hint and smile).

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