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Gifts for Gardeners

Getting Festive with your Garden

Everybody has that friend who rocks the Christmas décor. To be honest it sometimes leaves me sighing and exhausted just thinking about all they have done. I don’t think I’ll ever be the friend who knocks it right out of the park but I’m ok with that. In fact when it gets right down to it I get most excited about the little things that are simply done but add so much to the season.

One of my dear friend’s mother hangs her childhood skates with a few carefully chosen boughs and a bow on her front door. It is still the most nostalgic and stylish door decoration I have seen. I think I’ll ask my mom for my dad’s ice skates to do that this year. Another friend is big on trimming boughs for her mantel, real ones of course, that smell divine. I guess the point is that having a garden and being able to trim bits of holly or evergreen boughs feels like part of the richness of the season and that in itself is simply wonderful.

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Top 5 Christmas Gifts for Gardeners

I remember about a bunch of years ago my sister, Alana, was in town for the weekend and visiting me for the day. We had decided to spend our time together planting daffodil and tulip bulbs into containers and in the garden as well as some paperwhites and an amaryllis for indoor Christmas blooms. We were just getting started when she remarked that she loved gardening with me because I had "all the good tools". Gloves that kept her finger nails clean, a shiny stainless steel trowel that didn't bend and pruners that were of excellent quality and were a pleasure to use.

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Welcome to a Brand New Year in the Garden!

As the beginning of a new year unfolds it is a great time to both reflect on last year and make plans for the New Year.  Sure there is plenty to do in the garden, to get ready and cleaned up for Spring, but spending some time reflecting and planning is also very important and quite satisfying and it may save you time in the long run.

My favourite way to start is to bundle up, grab an empty notebook and your favourite warm drink and wander through your yard.  Try to look at your garden with fresh eyes.  You might need to walk down the street and then approach your yard to try to see it "fresh". Don't overwhelm yourself.  You might only look at one part of your garden today so start by picking one that is the most important to you.

Most gardeners know which areas need some work but here are some areas you might think about:-

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