Plant the idea of gardening to someone without green thumbs, and watch what blossoms. (Yes, there will always be weeds, but that’s part of the landscape.)
Gardening is work, but it’s also fun.
Dear Helen Mirren said it best: “Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That’s the fun of it. You’re always learning.”
Luther Burbank said it better: “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”
But Winnie the Pooh’s father A.A. Milne . . . well, we don’t agree with his remark: “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
This summer, Gardener’s Supply Company (gardeners.com) gave us to opportunity to dig the dirt. Most of us loved the idea, lead by our staffer, Liz, who loves gardening. (Who knew the front yard of her home is straight from a gardening magazine?)
Now you can enjoy the fruits of your labors, instead of sacrificing them to hungry wildlife. This 6-foot, extra roomy Crop Cage protects blueberry bushes and other plants from birds, deer, rabbits and other animals. Zippered openings on opposite sides make tending and harvesting a breeze. Perfect for protecting tomatoes and other vulnerable vegetable and fruit crops. It’s easy, no-tools assembly , and simple to take down and store at the end of the season. The sturdy yet lightweight steel tube construction allows assembled units to be easily moved. Use Extra Tall Earth Staples (Set of 10; Item # 32-669; $4.95) sold separately, to anchor the cage in windy areas. Item # 8590160; $99.99
Never think nothing is in bloom. Not when you “plant” these colorful poppies that will add a bright splash of color to your garden. Powder-coated steel poppies sway in the breeze and collect rainwater for butterflies, or can be filled with a scattering of birdseed. Includes five each of three colors, for a total of 15 Poppy Sways. When winter arrives and deflowers everything, there will be eye-catching beauty with these 24-inch red, orange and purple poppies! Item # 8586883; $74.95
We know we reap what we sow. So it only makes sense to plant the seeds of happiness wherever and whenever we can. When this gorgeous Plant Happiness Art Pole arrived, staff member Liz burst into tears. Really. Artist Stephanie Burgess brings us the perfect reminder of that in her own happy creation—whimsical art and signature bright, cheery color that you can put on display in your garden. Guests and passersby will admire the lovely work—and hopefully plant a few seeds of happiness themselves! Each pole looks like wood, but are actually made from durable, weather-resistant PVC that keeps the bright, cheery look for at least five seasons to come. Easy to install: Turn the auger stake into the ground and slip the pole over. Adjustable centering rods ensure an upright installation. Stephanie created several equally poles; we urge you to visit Gardener’s Supply’s website to ooh and aah. There are also beautiful dog and cat memorial poles. Plant these 38-inch high poles now for a bumper crop of happiness. Check out the first photo in our slideshow. Liz took the pole and the poppies and turned the office garden into an Eden that looks like it came straight from a gardening magazine. Item #8590060; $99.95
This is not your grandmother’s terrarium. This Glass Oval Top Terrarium allows you to create a lovely, natural and low-maintenance tabletop decoration. It’s perfect for small plants like begonias, ferns, violets and succulents. Add personality with driftwood, stones, curious and found objects and viola! instant wonderland. This glass terrarium has an over-sized opening that makes it especially easy to plant and maintain. The base is made of pine. Includes plant recommendations and care instructions. Item # 8589858; $59.95
Let’s face it: Gardening is fun, but it’s work. When it get hot and humid, you want to get out there really early or really late. The best way to do this? Awaken gently, as Mother Nature intended. Welcome Verilux’s Rise & Shine Alarm Clock and Sleep System (model VA06), which allows you to wake to a harmonious blend of soothing light and natural soundscapes, instead of a jarring buzzer. Patented dawn and dusk simulators brighten and dim gradually to mimic the rising and setting sun, helping you wake and fall asleep to the rhythms of nature. Five soundscapes: birds, ocean, stream, ocean with music, stream with music. Two light options: natural spectrum white light or a light program of calming colors. Lamp has 15 brightness levels; alarm clock has snooze button and dual wake-up time settings. There’s even an FM radio. Item #8587522: $99.99
We don’t own a crystal ball, so have been looking into a Garden Gazing Ball. The question? How we doing? The answer: Growing as a gardener. And so we added extra brilliance and personality to our garden with a Gazing Ball.. A favorite adornment for generations of gardeners, these 10-inch wonders are back in vogue. Tradition says they bring good luck and prosperity; they certainly add color and shine. The shiny mirror finish reflects sunlight and we expect to capture the nostalgia and add a focal point to our garden with a traditional blown-glass globe. We chose blue, but the balls are available in red, silver, gold, silver, mauve, green and red. Item # 8589564; $24.95. Note: The Garden Grazing Ball stands are sold separately. They accommodate these balls, and come in 24-inch (Item # 39-473; $28.95) and 36-inch (Item # 39-474; $29.95) heights.
Now we leave you with a quite from English writer and gardener Mirabel Osler: “There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.”