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Gardening Gifts And Roosters?

Friday, September 4th, 2009

As weathervanes, of course.  These gardening gifts are used to display the wind direction and are usually made out of metals like bronze, cast iron, or copper.  Weathervanes are always a big hit for those who have a naked roof on their home, garage, shed or barn.  Placed on top cupolas, roof tops, or over the fireplace mantel, these gardening gifts are giving homes and businesses a unique look that creates curb appeal with pizazz.  Smaller weathervanes are perfect for gazebos and sheds.  Rooftop weathervanes are generally made from steel, aluminum or copper.  Steel weathervanes are very strong and many are crafted with powder coat finishes for protection from the elements.  These gardening gifts can easily be found at home and garden retailers.

Garden weathervanes add an extra personal touch as gardening gifts.  You may also display them indoors over fireplace mantels, on window sills, mounted on the wall or on a display base on the floor.  It is not uncommon to find weathervanes in places of business, allowing such a property to reflect an element of personal expression.  When displayed with the appropriate accoutrement and placed correctly, these gardening gifts come alive, becoming kinetic sculptures flowing smoothly in the breeze.

Choose from a variety of styles and mounting options to enrich and personalize any location.  Complete weathervane components include the ornament, directionals, a rod, spacer balls, and mounting hardware.  Many weathervanes give you mounting options—you can install your weathervane just about anywhere you would like.  Roof mounts adjust to a roof’s specific pitch.  Garden mounts allow for several inches to be implanted firmly into the ground.  Post mounts are useful for mounting weathervanes on vertical surfaces.  Deck mounting hardware secures the weathervane to horizontal surfaces.

Winds are gardening gifts, too.   Wind helps crops pollinate and knowing which way it blows can help determine where and even when to plant. Winds from the south are generally warmer and can bring in more moisture.  Winds from the north are colder and can suggest a cold front is moving into the area.  Weathervanes not only tell you where the wind is coming from, but also indicate how strong the wind is blowing.  The best place for them is up high if you wish to get a good wind reading.  The weathervanes that are lower to the ground do not always give the best wind direction readings because of swirling winds, but they will really add that special fun touch to the outdoor garden decor.  So please think wisely before adding one to the garden.  Look around and make sure that you have a clear wind path to the weathervane. If not, it will be used as part of the outdoor garden decor.

When choosing weathervanes as gardening gifts, keep in mind the pastimes, hobbies and interests of the recipient.  There is a wide choice of letter styles and adornments, with designs dating back to early colonial settlements.  Rooftop weathervanes come in multiple styles including horses, tractors, nautical designs, different birds, and trains, just to name a few.  Hundreds of standard designs are available, and custom designed weathervanes may also be made to special order.

Weathervanes are precisely balanced so that they will turn into even a light breeze, so you may know the direction of the wind.   Weathervanes are a traditional way of decorating the roofline of a building; they also have the practical purpose of indicating wind direction.  Today, weathervanes are a piece of moving architectural decor that has a purpose.  Homeowners agree that weathervanes are too beautiful to be kept only on high rooftops.  They make perfect gardening gifts for everyone on your list.  In fact, did you know that Thomas Jefferson afixed the weathervane at Monticello to a pointer in the ceiling beneath it, so he could see the direction of the wind from inside his home.  I wonder if it had a rooster on top?  😉

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Gardening Tools As Gifts, Really?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Of course, they make excellent gardening gifts. Gardening tools are an important part of every gardener’s life. Having the right tools means that your gardener is prepared, happy, and ready to do almost anything. Ergonomic tools are great gardening gifts as well. They make gardening easier on the knees and back. The right tools can mean the difference between hours of gardening pleasure and painful, back-breaking work. Invest in a few quality tools and your time in the garden will be far more rewarding.

Gardening tools are so varied, but which one do you need? Hand gardening tools are a must and you cannot do without them. Most people are aware of the traditional hand gardening tools that include things like a small shovel, hoe and weeders. Today, there are more choices than ever to get those special gardening gifts. Many of these tools are unique and offer even the weekend gardener a convenient way to take care of a garden.

Shovels, spades and trowels are the basics. A shovel is used for scooping loose materials, such as sand, while a spade is made for digging. D-shaped handles make it easier to lift what you have dug or scooped. Look for forged metal with a sharp digging edge. A trowel is a mini-spade, for planting annuals and perennials. A spading fork is used for turning over soil and compost. A square spade is used for turning over existing beds, and planting large plants.

In earlier days, garden tools resembled those used on a farm. They were not so great as gardening gifts and we had to make due with them, regardless of their size. Today, there are specialized tools to fit any job. We have composters, laser levels, seed spoons, planting tools, augers for digging holes for bulbs, spreaders for fertilizers, hoes, axes, loppers, pruning shears, trimmers, forks for weeding, sheers, digging tined forks and cultivators, just to name a few. You may want to consider electric tools for gardening gifts as well. Cordless gardening tools can cut the job in half and make the work easier with less effort. They are also very easy to clean. Just wipe with a clean cloth.

Seats and benches that you can sit on to take care of the garden make good gardening gifts too. These benches should be easy to fold up and carry around the yard, as well as be low enough to the ground to work the soil. Don’t forget that your gloves are tools too. They need to be thick enough to avoid getting stickers, yet flexible enough to garden with.

Selecting hand garden tools that are appreciated as gardening gifts just takes a little research. Once you have your tools, please make sure to take care of them so that they lead long and useful lives. Many people do not treat their tools well, not realizing that proper maintenance means easier work. Now, you are ready to get busy with your new, sleek garden tools that slice through the ground like a knife through butter. The gardening tools of yesteryear are now engineered with precision and durability. Get yourself a good set. You don’t want to be like the carpenter without a hammer, do you?  😉

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How Do I Choose Garden Decor For Gardening Gifts?

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Garden decor are the ornaments and decorations that add style and interest to your yard.  It will enhance the look of any home and will also make wonderful gardening gifts for others.  Quite often, it is the first thing that people see when they come to visit.  Gardens are great places to relax and unwind, meditate, or for recuperating from an illness.  Being amidst nature that is created exclusively for aesthetic appeal, can trigger extremely pleasant emotions in any person.

The one thing to remember about gardening gifts:  Die hard enthusiasts of gardening go to great lengths to procure the right kind of look.  No matter what, it is always best to remember that your decor for the garden should enhance the appearance of the area rather than clash with the plants and flowers.  Everyone is different in creating their own visually appealing piece of paradise.  There are many ways to make your own outdoor home come alive.  Choose gardening gifts that fit your style and what overall theme is immensely pleasing to you.  As you can see, it is very personal indeed.

As such, I would not recommend giving large statues to your friends as gardening gifts unless you are SURE that it fits into their garden theme.  Perhaps, gift certificates for statues of their choice would make for better gardening gifts.  Here is a list of some items that are personal to the gardener:  fountains, benches, furniture, stepping stones, large statues, hammocks, patio heaters, outdoor fireplaces, large trellises, shades and umbrellas, weather vanes, lighting.

On the other hand, there are many gardening gifts that you can easily give that shouldn’t ruffle anyone’s feathers.  Here is a partial list:  birdbaths, birdhouses, bird feeders, clocks, thermometers, doormats, wind chimes, garden bells, rain gauges, garden gnomes and gargoyles, garden hose reels and holders, pots and planters, window boxes, rocks, small figures, signs and plaques, sundials, boot brushes.

Imagine fountains that spew water or relaxing by a koi pond.  Stepping stones lead a winding path through your favorite plants.  Exotic lighting creates dramatic shadows as you enjoy a warm summer’s eve with your closest friends.  What garden decor would you add to this?

The ideas are endless, the main point being to stay with the overall theme.  You want to beautify and enhance the outdoor garden.  Be selective with your gardening gifts, look around and who knows, you may even find something as unique as a mailbox!  😉

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Are Plants Still Good Gardening Gifts?

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Gifts are not only guaranteed to surprise, but they are bound to make your loved one feel even more special than they already are.  Gardening gifts are always in season and with more and more people “going green”, that makes giving plants a great gift.  It has been shown that many  customers prefer their living plants over cut flowers because they last much longer.  If you are looking for unique gardening gifts that will keep on growing and giving for many years – look no further.

Plants are fantastic gardening gifts for any person who is a nature lover. Plant gifts can be of various types, which include bonsais, anthuriums, orchids, chrysanthemums, bromeliad, etc. Gardenia bonsai are an example for indoors plants. They can also be kept places where it obtains filtered sunlight.  Other gardening gifts include clay or ceramic pots with saucers to put them on, so as not to spill any water.  The gifting of plants is quite common in the professional world as well.  For instance, if you were a real estate agent, sending plants as gardening gifts to your client says thanks – and helps them remember you.

When choosing plants for gardening gifts, it is important to keep in mind a few things. This will ensure that you make the perfect choice for home or office.  First, find a plant that is easy to care for. Houseplants are wonderful gardening gifts, but if they require dedicated maintenance, there is every chance that the gift will not be as appreciated as you intended.  Next, try to see how the recipient might use the plant.  Is it to brighten up a room?  Will it stand out by itself as a symbol of importance? Does it hang in the bathroom?  I think you get the idea.  Purchasing plants with the ability to brighten a room or highlight specific features will ensure that your gardening gifts will be appreciated for years to come.

Smaller trays for the windowsill or porch are quite popular gardening gifts and attractive too.  If you’re purchasing for someone who doesn’t quite have the “green thumb” yet, you may consider bamboo as caring for the plant is very easy.  One word about cats: many common and beautiful plants are deadly to them.  Before you bring home a floral arrangement, plant a border of day lilies, or send gardening gifts off to your friends, make sure you know what to avoid.  Lilies, including Easter lilies, tiger lilies, stargazer, rub-rum or Japanese showy lilies and day lilies – are particularly toxic to cats.  Let’s keep our pets healthy.

For the gardener who seems to have everything, gift certificates for compost or quarter-10 gravel (for improving drainage and for mulching) will be much appreciated.  You can even make your own coupon to be used for a day of work in the garden, a day of garden tours (you pay the admission and gas) and lunch.  If you have a truck, you could offer a trip to the dumps.  But, far and away, the easiest gardening gifts are certificates to a nursery. You could enclose it with a card and attach it to a plant catalog as well.  😉

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What Gifts To Give A Gardener?

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

There are many different ideas for great gardening gifts. Show your appreciation for the gardener in your life by giving them unique and well thought out gardening gifts.
Gardening gifts are also things that can be kept and appreciated. You can for instance buy a herb with a card attached.  A plant that attracts certain species of birds can also be given with a book on those specific birds.

Seedlings can also be great gardening gifts since they are already grown and only need replanting. The recipient will be happy with a plant that he or she has been looking for or wanting for some time. Since they are already seedlings, the recipient will not have a difficult time growing them. For novice gardeners, a complete set of gardening tools will be greatly appreciated as gardening gifts. Gardening gifts like these can range from the basic gardening tools to specific tools needed for specific functions while gardening. Specific tools include pruners of all shapes and sizes, sprayers, mowers and many others.

Gardening gifts are directly parallel to the needs of the gardener. For one gardener may not be the best for another, so a little knowledge about your friend or relatives garden needs will be a definite help.  The most expensive gardening gifts may not be the best ones, so if you are on a budget, don’t worry. There are always garden accessories and clothing wear. Gardening gloves, footwear and knee pads are always appreciated.

Rain gauges in a variety of shapes and styles look attractive in a yard or garden, particularly if they look part of the general theme. If the person on your gift list has frog statuary throughout her garden, then a rain gauge held by a frog would be an ideal gardening gift. Fairies, dragons, wildlife and other themes lend themselves to a variety of accessories that can enhance the space. Wind spinners, statues, planters, wind chimes and other outdoor accessories incorporating those themes make great gifts for gardening enthusiasts. As they spend lots of time outdoors, they’re better able to appreciate these little touches of beauty.

Gardening has become one of the most popular hobbies, and you probably know a gardener or two that would love a gift from you, even a pink flamingo!  😉

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