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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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