I have been working hard to get my yard in tip top shape. web-jkl-142

 I have a huge baby shower and a graduation party to throw in June. They are a week apart so our work is cut out for us. (What was I thinking? two parties in a row?)  web-t-014

Anything that makes work easier is welcome in my tool collection.  I have been using my Radius transplanter to move my plants and put in new ones.  I love the round handle because it gives you so much more to hold on to and you can fit both hands on it. It also has a large foot step which makes it easier to push down into the soil.  The stainless steel blade feels like it is strong enough to handle anything. web-t-008

 I am also using my Yard Butler Terra Weeder  a lot.  ybtt1w-2t

The Weeder gives you a forked side as well as a bladed side that can cut through roots or lift rocks.  I have been using it non stop for planting and weeding this year.ybtt4t-2t

  I also have their Terra Tiller which is a larger version of the Terra Weeder.  It’s handy at larger digging jobs but I find the Terra Weeder is a bit easier to handle for doing most things.web-jkl-166

 Slowly but surely I am getting the gardens in shape for our fun summer ahead.  Having the right tools makes gardening even more of a pleasure than it already is.

rptls-2

Go on over to Garden Shoes Online to see these and many other gardening tools and accesories. 

  Here are some of them…

Toolstep Shovel Foothold

You’ll wish you had one of these a while ago. The Toolstep makes shoveling a breeze! Only $11.95
View Details

Sloggers Rain & Garden Shoes

These new garden shoes from Sloggers are in high demand – so get them while they’re here!
View Details

The Original Garden Weasel

The 5-way cultivating tool that became a household name is now better than ever.
View Details

Womanswork High Performance Garden Gloves

Made BY women FOR women… these have all the features that women look for.
View Details

Radius PRO Garden Tools

Lightweight and ergonomic, these are the garden tools of the future.
View Details

Bogs Women’s Mattie Posies Garden Shoes

Slip your feet into these fun, waterproof shoes from Bogs.
View Details

Garden Works Knee Benz

Save your knees with these flexible, waterproof knee pads.
View Details

Sloggers Rain & Garden Boots

Premium comfort garden boots available in 7 fun and fashionable colors.
View Details

Garden Works Presto Bucket

Presto! It’s a bucket! Folds flat and pops up for easy use.
Only $12.95
View Details

Sloggers Insect Shield Bandana

Keep away those pesky bugs with these cool, comfortable bandanas.
View Details

Felco High Performance Pruning Shears

Ergonomic pruners made to last a lifetime.
View Details

All New Square Foot Gardening Book

Grow More in Less Space! The best selling gardening book of all time.
View Details

Sloggers Deluxe Garden Tote Bag

No more having to go back to the shed for the tool you forgot. Keep them all with you in this handy bag.
View Details

All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook

Taking your harvest to the table with over 120 recipes.
View Details

Rosso’s Bamboo Planters

Biodegradable bamboo fiber planter and saucer set.
View Details

The Green Gardening Guide

Simple, Significant Actions to Protect & Preserve Our Planet from Joe Lamp’l.
View Details

Tubtrugs

These have so many uses… Every home should have tubtrugs.
Only $14.99
View Details

Bogs Women’s Classic Mid Cosmos

100% waterproof and 100% cute.
View Details

Rosso’s Retro Chic Birdhouses

The Retro Chic Collection will add personality to any home / garden.
View Details

Womanswork Bog Gloves

The Bog Glove is perfect for working in wet conditions.
Only $8.95
View Details

Garden Works Comfort Grip Soil Scoops

The most versatile gardening tool ever invented, the Soil Scoop is one tool that takes the place of five!
View Details

Sloggers Women’s Classic Garden Hats

Perfect for the garden. UPF 50+ max rating.
View Details

AND more will be added very soon! 

Spring giveaway for $200 to spend at Garden Shoes Online.  You get $10 just for entering ~ use to buy yourself something fun at GSO. Click on this message for all the details and how you can get extra chances to win, but Hurry Today is the last day!

 

 

 you get these really fun, old ceramic planters.french bulldog planter

 I have shown them before but I can’t help displaying them once again for those that might have missed them.bunny planter

 My  sons  call them “terrifying”.    

 They may not like them now, but one day when they think back on me, I am sure that these little guys will bring some fun memories.froggy planter

 I should explain that my sons are grown.  One is 18 and the other is 29. 

Just to get back for all their inside jokes and cross room looks, I may have to hand them down to future grandchildren just to be sure they linger in my son’s lives for many, many years.  kitty planter

I do want the last laugh. what a face!

 Or maybe they will eventually acquire a bit of my “good taste” and like them. 

 Who knows?    Anything can happen… Right?

duck planter

~Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination.  ~Mrs. C.W. Earle

 [vtt.jpg]Visit Suzanne at Coloradolady for Vintage Thingies Thursdays

wgloveI have been using Bionic Gardening Classic Gloves since the beginning of spring.  They are comfy and have sensitivity that rubber gloves just can’t give.  My fingers don’t feel clumsy when I wear them and I can pick up even tiny things easily.  Unlike other leather or cloth gloves, the seams have never caused blisters or even soreness.  I have to say I am impressed with their suppleness and recovery after getting muddy or wet. They are  a must have if your hands get tired and sore while gardening and there isn’t the sweating issue you get with many gardening gloves. The wrist closure supports your wrist and keeps the dirt out as well.   The thing that really surprised me is that they are washable.  I never would have thought that possible of leather gloves,wgloves but it’s true.  They came out of the washer looking a lot closer to new than when they went in, and they didn’t shrink.  After a few bends of the hand, they were comfy again without stiffness and they looked good. They feel more like golf or batting gloves instead of gardening gloves.  I  definitely recommend them to any of you who like to get your hands dirty~without getting your hands dirty.

   There are  different colors too, check them out along with other styles of Bionic Garden Gloves at gardenshoesonline.com or just click on one of the pictures. wwgw-colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

w-iris

 

Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made

by singing: — “Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade. ~Rudyard Kipling

Here’s a look at what’s blooming in my May garden

columbine 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 blue

hibiscus

allium

iris

beebalm

pics-163

 

“Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower”  ~ Anonymous

cobrahead I have a new favorite tool. I use it for just about every chore in the garden. It lifts weeds, digs holes, pulls out rocks, creates rows, edges, lifts, transplants, pulls up chunks of grass and on and on. The end is sharp on both sides so it slices roots as you dig. That also makes it great for both right and left handed gardeners. The blade is self sharpening so you don’t have to worry about it getting dull. I also like it in my rock garden hill. It can dig through the rough dirt with ease. I just love it. I used it to put in all of my plants this year. CobraHead has made life a whole lot easier. I don’t know how I gardened without it.

                web-cobrahead21

                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                           
  

orange

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up

until your back gets used to it. ~Author               

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is my entry for the  Picture This Photo Contest  offered by Gardening Gone Wildweb-g

Living in upstate New York doesn’t make it easy to have container gardens  in May.  We had a hard frost just two nights ago.  I put my plants in the next day though because the weather is supposed to be nice for the next week.  I like to live dangerously!  It’s Memorial Day this weekend, it should be safe by now.  Thanks for the opportunity to participate.  Plants and pictures are two of my favorite things.  Happy Spring!  

Flowers in the yellow pot are geraniums, coleus, dianthus, lobelia, red mandevilla vine

 

 

 

 

poppy-

 

 

Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson