Minding the Garden makes me pause and think about my own garden, bringing back memories of its beauty. It's also reassuring to see how Lilactree Farm has changed in thirty years--there's hope for my garden! This is a great book to give as a gift--or hint for this holiday season.
I'm not going to pretend that you have a dozen gardeners in your life that you need to get gifts for. We all know these "gift guides" are to help your non-gardening loved ones know what to get you, and since they're not gardeners they're not reading this blog, are they? So you need to [...]
Henry Nicholson Ellacombe believed that every great gardener reads a lot of gardening books: I have always found that a lover of gardens and flowers is also more or less a lover and reader of books. … and the more they love their gardens and their flowers the more they wish to read about them; [...]
While we're on the subject of gifts--you may remember that I visited P. Allen's Moss Mountain Farm back in May. One of the things I shared with you was this quirky bud vase pictured above, currently displaying autumn-blooming Crocus speciosus. Well, you don't have to visit Moss Mountain Farm to shop at the gift shop [...]
A couple of months ago, I was asked if I would like to review a pair of Bogs' garden shoes. Frankly, I wasn't sure. A few years back my daughter had bought a pair and was never happy with the fit. She said they were too snug on the top of her foot. She and [...]
You could easily spend a lot of money making your favorite gardener happy this holiday season, but fortunately, you don't have to. I personally use all three of the items below, and can assure you they are worth every penny of their modest price. Whether it's a gift exchange at the garden club, a little [...]
Mother's Day is fast approaching, and many retailers who normally don't feature gardening products have potted flowering plants and other quasi-gardening gifts prominently displayed. I thought I'd take the opposite tack and share with you my favorite non-gardening garden "thingies." Most of them don't qualify as tools. Some of them, quite frankly, would look like [...]
Many gardeners want to pick out their own tools, but appreciate a thing of beauty that reminds them why they garden in the first place. So why not check out the following? Many of these beauty-makers are bloggers as well. I first came across Elizabeth's Flowers--the blog--which led me to her store of the same [...]