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Saturday, May 5, 2012
Great Garden Gift Ideas
TODAY'S SEEDS OF WISDOM
JUST BLOOMED TODAY
GREAT GARDEN GIFT IDEAS
JUST BLOOMED TODAY
Nice weather today, in the 70's and sunny with a slight breeze. Took advantage of that and snipped suckers and cleaned up a bit. We planted a new honeysuckle, right next to the others, who are in full bloom, thanks to the bananafanafofana.
Lilies started to bloom and thought better of it...maybe tomorrow. Roses weren't so shy, and are really putting on a show!
GREAT GARDEN GIFTS
I simply love to give garden gifts! They are always so appreciated, and nobody can really tell how much you paid for them! Here's a few ideas to get you started:
You will need a large smooth river stone. You can either find these on your travels or from a landscaping business. I have seen these painted with inspirational words-like "peace" "garden" "love" or do several and string them together to form a sentence, such as 'You' 'Are' 'Loved'.
You could also put their address number on it, along with some flowers or vines or even simply polka dots, which you can make by dipping a pencil or brush end into the paint and dabbing on the rock.
A perfect present for the new bride or as an anniversary gift, housewarming or welcome to the neighborhood. Get a basket (or use a hose instead!) and fill with your choice of garden tools, seed packets, cute garden gloves, small bottle of hand lotion, cute hat, gardening book or Farmer's Almanac, disposable camera, etc. If you hit the dollar stores, you can easily do a basket for under $10. I buy silk flowers and weave them through the handle. Stuff colored shreds in between the items in the basket.
Buy a beautiful plant with a cute pot, or a hanging basket of flowers. Get a seed packet and a small bamboo skewer and thread the skewer through the packet so it becomes a standing gift tag.
Utilize your creative side by painting clay pots! If you don't have a creative side, try using stencils or leaves. I love to use spray paint and leaves...position them on the clean surface and hold them by the stem and using gloves, spray paint over them and lift while still wet. It will show an outline of the leaf. Layer different leaves in different colors. Gold is a great color. Be sure to put a sealer on as the last coat.
Give a subscription to a gardening magazine. Or, if the person loves flowers but doesn't have a garden, magazines such as Birds and Blooms are wonderful.
Recycle your gardening mags, books and articles with fellow gardeners or wanna be gardeners. It doesn't matter whether the magazine are old or outdated, as sometimes the older articles are the greatest!
A wonderful gift for the first time home owner or gardener is a scrapbook they can fill in with pictures of their garden adventure. Include some fun nature stickers or patterned paper for cutouts.
Garden Diary or Journal:
Most dollar stores sell the cutest little blank books with patterned covers. Buy cut out letters or stickers or paint the front to say Garden Journal. Include some cute stickers.
Later on we will be covering some other gifts that you can make FROM your garden! But for now you have some ideas to jump start your own gift giving ideas!
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