Dear Santa, Honestly, I’ve been pretty good this year… err…except for that one time, but I hope you still have me on your Nice List. I don’t need diamonds or pearls or designer purses this year but I have a Christmas Wish List that I hope isn’t too hefty. It’s just a Wish List which means I don’t all have to receive all of these goodies. One or two of these things would make me smile.
1. Gloves. I’m really, really hard on garden gloves. In one season, I either wear a hole in a pair or I am missing the mate (the dogs?). I like those gloves best with fabric backs and rubber on the palms. I promise to be better about not leaving them on a bench, tree limb or on the ground for the dogs to find.
2. Bulbs: Gosh, you don’t have to go far, Santa. Brent & Becky’s Bulbs are just down the road and they’re having a 50% off sale on bulbs for indoor forcing. I’ve already planted my outdoor bulbs this year but it would be fun to have a few blooms inside this winter. You’d better be quick though.They’re only on sale until December 21.
3. Fine Gardening Magazine: Santa, real gardeners, just like I aspire to be, get to the meat of gardening in this bimonthly journal. Even the ads are worth reading! The English Garden is another magazine that I would pore over and read again and again and again.
4. Gardening Book: It would be fun to curl up this winter with a hot cup of tea and Ken Druse’s Planthropology. Or how about Piet Oudolf’s Designing With Plants?
5. Black and Decker cordless 18 volt leaf blower: This lightweight rechargeable leaf blower is just the ticket for me to clean the hard surfaces around the home. All I need is 15 minutes and I’m done. No gasoline. No extension cord.
6. Troy-Bilt 20 volt lithium-ion battery trimmer: All my edging dreams would come true with a battery that holds a charge for one hour. The time I would save over hand edging would allow me to develop another bed. My long-term goal: all beds, no grass.
7. For a Christmas surprise (and birthdays and anniversaries), I would love to find a truckload of compost from the facility in Yorktown!
8. Drip Irrigation: It’s hard to think about water right now with our saturated soil but the droughts will someday return and I want to be ready.
Well, that about does it for this gardener. I’d sure like to know what other gardeners have on their Wish List for Christmas.
Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester