Normally I’m a big fan of Target, but this time they’ve got it all wrong. Fifty bucks for the Sarah Hilton Folk Art Garden Tools? I don’t think so. We’re talking one flimsy looking trowel and a hand cultivator (does anyone really use those things?) “hand painted by artist Sarah Hilton.” We real gardeners know that if anyone actually used these tools, the hand painting would be smeared with dirt after the first session, if the trowel head hadn’t snapped off first. It’s so obvious this was designed–and marketed–by non-gardeners for non-gardeners. I pity any newbie just starting out who pulls out their plastic for this junk. Just think what $50 could get you in tools from Lee Valley, and they’d last you a lifetime. Sheesh.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
Comments on this entry are closed.