If your mother is a gardener, here are some last-minute gift suggestions:
Garden gloves are an inexpensive option. Pick up a pair or two in her favorite colors.
A sturdy garden kneeler with ample padding is in the $25-$60 range, but serious gardeners will thank you at the end of each long day in the trenches.
You can buy a ready-made hanging basket for instant gratification or assemble one with love that will take a little time to fill in.
Buy a steppingstone kit and personalize it today with hand prints, stones from vacations and other items that will make Mom smile.
Make up gift certificates to do things that you know she wants. An hour of mowing. An hour of weeding. Painting the post on the mailbox. One glass of her favorite post-gardening beverage.
A birdbath or statue to make a focal point in a garden bed. Does she like to display chickens, cats or angels inside the house? That collection can extend to the garden.
A bird feeder and a bag of seeds
A flat of impatiens, a big geranium, a planter or two to sit next to the front steps.
A basket of bright-handled tools or one quality tool with a big bow
Seeds, soil, unusual pots
These are just a few ideas to get your creative juices going.
We arent likely to get many more frosts – cross your fingers – and most tender annuals will be just fine from here on out. So go get some. Now.
Time to start snapping
The Journal Gazettes gardening blog, Were Digging It, (www.journalgazette.net/section/blogs21) will again feature garden photos from local gardeners this growing season.
We kick it off today with a few photos from Robert Kelly of Fort Wayne.
Please send your favorite photo or two to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the JPEG format and attach it to the email. Please put In your garden in the subject line. I need your name and what community you call home. If you would like to add a description of your garden or say why you love to garden feel free to send it in.
If there is any person or pet in the photo, please include the name.