I missed out last week on sharing some great products and ideas with you, so here is another week of Monday Must-Haves.
A Christmas gift from my parents a couple of years ago, I absolutely LOVE my long rose pruning gloves! Similar to the ones pictured here by West County Gardener, my gloves are a supple suede that is comfortable and flexible and protects my forearms from the sharp, abundant thorns on my rosebushes. You may also want to checkout these Deluxe Rose Pro gloves that are a little less expensive.
After retiring my dad put in many, many hours of studying and became a California Master Gardener. It's been so nice having his expert skills and advice available for our garden. A quick rose pruning tutorial can be found here and you can buy the California Master Gardener Handbook here and get more detailed rose pruning information here. Also I found this sweet blog this morning, isn't David Austin's 'Darcy' rose amazingly beautiful?
2) Ladybugs -
As Spring approaches you will notice many of these beautiful tiny creatures coming out of winter hiding. Other than being cute and bringing joy and wonder to curious children everywhere, why are ladybugs so loved? Well for this rose gardener (it may be stretching it a bit to call myself that), ladybugs are must-haves because they feed on aphids and other soft bodied insects that feed on plants (and are not beneficial to them). One ladybug can eat as many as 50 aphids a day! Bring on the ladybugs!
3) A Picnic Blanket -
Since we began dating my husband and I have loved going on picnics. To the park, the beach, the lake, it doesn't matter, we enjoy relaxing with some yummy munchies, good books, a fishing pole or guitar. In high school and in college by the beach, our blanket consisted of a cheap tassle embellished blanket from Tijuana, but since we've been married we have been using a quilt I bought MANY years ago at Sears. You can find some beautiful modern handmade picnic blankets here and here , for more vintage feel ones here , here and here and if anyone wants to buy me a "Happy Spring" gift - I'd love this lovely picnic set here!
Can you believe the air Ben is getting as our dogs wrestle on our picnic blanket?
Enjoy YOUR Spring!