Gifts for Gardeners
Gift-giving time is right around the corner. If you are trying to decide if a gardening gift is appropriate for a friend, relative or colleague, here are a few tips to help you decide. (Note: some items gleaned from the popular, though anonymous, post "You know you are addicted to gardening when.....")
You know a gardening gift is appropriate for someone if:
- You have seen them working in their yard in their pajamas.
- They have been known to grab other people's banana peels, coffee grounds, apple cores, etc. for their compost pile.
- They are conversant in botanical names.
- You have caught them fondling leaves, flowers and trunks of trees.
- They think nothing of “rescuing” plants out of other people’s trash.
- They would rather spend money on plants than groceries.
- They carry a shovel, bottled water and a plastic bag in their trunk as emergency tools.
- They spend more time chopping kitchen greens for the compost pile than for cooking.
- They seem to like the smell of horse manure better than Estee Lauder.
- They think rain is something to capture rather than repel.
- They take pride in how bad their hands look.
- They see your child's sandbox and think it’s a raised bed.
- They have stuck their fingers in the soil of your potted plants to check for moisture.
- They know exactly how many bags of fertilizer/potting soil/mulch their car will hold.
- They have offered to rake your yard just so they could add the leaves to their compost pile.
- Their bathroom reading material is seed catalogs.
- They always have to return your calls because they were outside when the phone rang.
- They use their good linens to cover their plants in the winter.
- They seem almost despondent when the weather keeps them indoors.
- They look at your weeds and think they are wildflowers.