May 13

Summer Hats for Style and much more!

****UPDATE***** May 18, 2016

Today on the news it was reported that most Sunscreens that claim 30 SPF( sun protection factor)  OR MORE do NOT offer the protection claimed.  Making Hats an essential addition to your sun protection regiment.  Be safe not sorry!

 

 

#summer hats, #grammieknows, #skin cancer

Protect Yourself

Summer Hats a Necessary Item or Not?

Summer Hats are a must have item for everyone!  Finding a hat you like might be more of the issue.  Why, you may ask?  Well let me tell you that in recent years the number of people with skin cancer has jumped way up.  It used to be that only the red-heads and fair skinned people had to worry about skin cancers, but that has changed dramatically in the last 20 years.  Doctors are the ones that noticed the increase in the numbers of reported cases.

It is a Fact, the number of people with skin cancers are rising!

So what do you do?  If you are a gardener and like to spend time outdoors, you protect yourself the same way that you protect your hands and your feet.  Having a comfortable hat on your head will certainly be the first step in protection.  A hat with a large brim will shade your eyes and place your shoulders and ears out of the direct glare of the sunlight.

Urban CoCo Women’s Wide Brim Caps Foldable Summer Beach Sun Straw Hats

Fashion versus Utility

If you wear a hat in the garden, it might as well be a nice one!  The important part is making sure that the hat does what it should do and that is shelter your sensitive areas on your head, ears and the back of your neck.

Scala Women’s Cotton Big Brim Hat, Sand, One Size

Now these hats are very nice and useful and cool in the summer, but what if you want some colour?  There are hats that fit that bill too!  Whether you are gardening, walking outdoors, or fishing, there is nothing that says you can’t add a splash of colour into your day.  Just make sure that it is on your head and stays there as long as you are outdoors.

Apparelsales Women’s Men’s Sun Hat Fishing Cap Quick-dry Bucket Hat

This one is shown in pink, but it comes in 14 different colours and you’d be amazed at how masculine it looks in an army fatique colouring.  Made for men or women, because it’s not just the women who are getting skin cancers, it’s also the men.   I don’t like baseball caps, because while they protect your eyes from the excessive glare of the sun, they do nothing for the sensitive skin on your ears, or the back of your neck.  These are target areas for skin cancers to grow.  It’s better to wear a hat like this:

Dorfman Pacific SPF4-CAML4 Solarweave Treated Cotton Mesh Safari – XLarge – Camel

Sun protection, sun protection!

You hear mom’s remind their children to put on their hats, put on sunscreen and if they are too young, mom makes sure she does it for them.  So why not make sure that the man of the house is also protected when he goes out to play.  Whether he is at the baseball game, golfing, or watching the kids at the park, make sure he is protected from those harmful rays of the sun too.

 

A little protection from the sun’s rays,  will save you a lot of grief.  Make it a habit, you and your skin will thank you!

Happy Summer, Happy and Safe Sunny Days.

May 05

Fantastic Kinetic Garden Sculptures

Gardens like everything in life, come alive with movement and art.  Kinetic Garden Sculptures give that extra bit of “Awe” into your gardening space.

Even if you garden on a balcony, these sculptures will lend an air of excitement and give you time to enjoy the movement of the wind or breezes that blow through.

Every Botanitcal garden I have ever visited, always included surprises that I wasn’t expecting.  Most of the time it was in the form of some type of statuary or sculptured piece.  Now you can have that same element of surprise in your garden with very affordable and quite beautiful Kinetic garden Sculptures.  There is one that will fit your tastes I’m sure.  But the true beauty is in the movement of the piece.  Unlike a statue that does not move, these works are all based on movement.

It’s easy to see that the balance has got to be just right, so that even if there isn’t any wind, the sculpture looks beautiful on it’s own merit.  Add that little breeze or mild wind and you have a soothing, hypnotic addition to your garden space.

Evergreen Enterprises 489042 Bloom Powder Coated Metal Kinetic Garden Art


Panacea 88865 Kinetic Art Windmill with Leaf Spinner, 72-Inch Height, Bronze Finish

Panacea 88864 Kinetic Art Windmill with Vertical Leaves Spinner, 63-Inch Height, Bronze Finish


Evergreen Enterprises 489044 Twirler Powder Coated Metal Kinetic Garden Art

Garden sculptures are wonderful additions to any style of garden. They add a touch of whimsy and just make people smile. They are fascinating to watch and have a real calming effect on people. Placed in a special spot, whenever you are in the garden, you will catch a glimpse of these beautiful works of art.

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Anthony Howe Kinetic Sculptures (You Tube, posted by Perpetual Useless)

May 03

The Best Gardening Stool for Mom

The Best Gardening Stool for Mom will be one that is easy to use and will really help her in the garden.

GardenHOME Folding Garden Stool, Garden Seat, Garden Kneeler

 

 

I like this garden stool for several reasons.  Not only is it really useful, but it does what you want it to do.  It can be used two ways, as a seat or as a kneeler.  The design is such that both ways, there is enough padding to make this stool or kneeler comfortable.  My knees don’t like being on the hard ground anymore.  So when I get the kneeler out, my knees will let me work for hours without discomfort and no time for complaints.

It’s steel frame is coated with a rust free coating, so it will last through all kinds of weather.  Made to fold flat, it won’t take up a whole lot of space when not in use and it will protect you while you are working away in the garden.  I remember one year when I was working away with my knees firmly planted in the ground and I did not realize that I was on an ant hill.  All of a sudden my knees were burning from ant bites.  You won’t have to worry too much with this stool.  Oh, you still have to be aware of garden bugs, but at least your knees won’t be on the hill of the ant’s home, making direct contact with those little soldiers.

#gardenstool, #grammieo, #garden caddy

Getting up and down is easy too with the sides handles that can be used to push up off the kneeler.  A quick flip and the kneeler becomes a stool, so that you can rest and enjoy the work you have done, or to take a five minute breather, while you figure out your next move. This Garden Stool is perfect and will last for years to come.  Mom will wonder how she ever did without this tool in her arsenal of tools.  The Garden will be a place that she will want to go and work in again.

Add this tool caddy to the Garden Stool and you have the perfect pair.  Mom will be so thankful that you thought of her every need.  Small hand tools are always needed in the garden and this tool caddy has pockets for those and more.  When you are working away, it’s nice to be able to take a sip of water, or have your cell phone handy, when someone calls. Pockets for seeds or your camera to take that perfect picture of that special flower or the birds.  All of it fits in nicely and more important is close at hand.

GardenHOME 5 Gallon Bucket Caddy Apron for Garden Tools

This tool caddy will help Mom stay organized and working productively during her garden expeditions.  There is a place for everything and everything in it’s place.

These two tools together make a couple of perfect gifts for Mom and she will thank you for the thoughtfulness and practicality of a gift that will keep her in the garden she loves so much.

Apr 28

The Best Rain Barrel

The Best Rain Barrel is one that works well and holds a good amount of collected water.  It should also look nice in your yard, and catch all those natural drops of water!

 

#rain barrels, # grammieknows,

Make every drop of water count by using a Rain Barrel

After searching out all the costs involved with purchasing this rain barrel, I am convinced that this style is the one for you.  I like that it has a flat back that will nestle the barrel right up against the wall.  It has a large 50 gallon capacity hold and a brass spigot that will double as a hose attachment.  Filling your watering cans from the hose attachment will be much easier than trying to fill it from the top.  Although you can do that as well.  Or you can buy an optional stand for your rain barrel to sit on.

You don’t have to worry about overflow either.  This barrel comes with an overflow that faces opposite to the wall that it is resting against.  Overflow will run into your yard and not running down close to the foundation of your home.  If you want more than one barrel, you can “link” them together for more water savings.  There is a screen covering the top helping to keep insects out and the rain barrel safe around children and pets.

The other thing I really like is that it comes in a variety of colours.  From an authentic barrel look in Black, to Brown, Tan or Green, the colour choice is yours.  You can match or contrast with your homes outer décor or if it doesn’t matter, pick the colour you like the best.

RTS Home Accents 50-Gallon Rain Water Collection Barrel with Brass Spigot, Brown

I am almost sure that you will enjoy having this rain barrel as part of your garden tools.  Not only will it ensure that you have fresh water for all your plants and planters, but it will help to cut down on the costs of watering from the hose.  It will also give your plants water without all the chemicals, so your plants will be much happier. If you have a small pond or bird bath, filling that with rain water will also make the birds happy too!

Doing your part in keeping Mother Earth happy has never been so easy.  Get one or two Rain Barrels and you will be on your way to making a much smaller footprint on the world.  That is a win-win situation for everyone.

Rain Barrels should not be overlooked as a great addition to your garden where ever you live.

 

Apr 23

Garden Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just a few short weeks away. It’s time to think about those things that Mom might not take the time to buy for herself! Having been a Mom and now a Grandmom, I know that these gift ideas will be more than welcomed by a mom who loves gardening.

gifts for mother's day

Oh what a beautiful garden.

Keep Mom’s manicure looking good even when she’s been spending time in the garden, These wonder Grip gloves are really quite nice.  They feel like a second skin.  Most gardeners dislike gloves because they have trouble “feeling” what they are doing.  These gloves are wonderful and I would recommend them in a heartbeat.  I also like that they are waterproof, but still breath!  They also come in a variety of colors and sizes.

Wonder Grip Nicely Nimble Garden Gloves Assorted Medium Click on the Blue Description Link to purchase these for your Mom!

 

For the Mom with a touch of arthritis there are wonderful ergonomic hand tools. Sure to make her time in garden less stressful and easier to handle with easy grip tools.  For many gardeners, arthritis keeps them from working as long as they would like to work.  If your fingers are sore, then you call it quits before you really want to, because you know you will suffer for it later.  These ergonomic hand tools will make the jobs so much easier.  The grips are soft and larger in size, so that squeezing in order to hold onto them is no longer necessary.  From my own experience, I know that working with hand tools that are made for arthritis sufferers, let’s me stay in the garden long enough to do all the chores I had set out to accomplish.  A little more expensive than the regular hand tools, but worth every penny in my humble opinion.

Radius Garden 5-Piece Orange Ergonomic Hand Tool Set, Includes Trowel, Transplanter, Weeder, Cultivator, and Scooper  Clicking on the blue writing will take you to Amazon if you want to purchase these for your Mom!

And after she is finished gardening and wants to sit back and enjoy the fruits of her labors, you could give her some really interesting solar lights to give her garden that “Fairy Magic” look to it.  The summer months are short, so spending as much time outdoors will be even easier if you have some lighting.  These are so cute and solar powered too.  I love the colorful bubbled lights.  They will surely add a spirit of fantasy into the garden in the evenings.

GRDE® Solar Powered Crystal Water Drop String Light , 20 LED 15.75ft Waterproof Fairy Ambiance Lighting for Outdoor, Gardens Patio Homes Wedding Christmas Party (Multicolor) If you want to buy these for your Mom just click on the Blue Description banner. 

While mom is sitting back and enjoying her “work” and seeing just how nice her garden looks, she can use this hand cream to restore the natural oils and lubricate her skin at the same time.  A little bit of pampering all in a no scent solution.  I personally like a product that is non scented, you don’t want to be attracting all kinds of bugs with perfume, but you do want to use this cream to replenish your skin.  Mom’s all over will enjoy any or all of these gifts.

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Fragrance Free Hand Cream, 50ml  Clicking on this blue banner will take you to Amazon, where you can purchase this for your mom.

Garden Gifts for Mother’s Day is a really nice way for you to show your Mom how much you appreciate her.  She will thank you and have a whole summer to look forward to using your well thought out gifts.

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Apr 22

10 Things to Do for Earth Day 2016

Celebrate Earth Day

Beautiful Earth

Today is Earth Day and many of us know that Mother Earth is hurting!  We need to help her recover to her full beauty.  As many gardeners and friends of the Earth will do today, planting something in honor of Earth Day is one small step in making a difference.  Each plant that is put into the ground or into a pot will help to remove pollution and replenish the oxygen in the atmosphere.  It would be even better to plant a tree!  Trees are incredible for cleaning the air.  So here’s a list of things to do for Earth Day this year.

10 Things that Will Make a Difference:

  • Plant a tree or two

  • Pick up litter around your own yard and maybe in a public place like a school, neighborhood park or library.

  • Turn off the computer and go outside.

  • Turn off all unnecessary lights.

  • Offer to help an elderly neighbor.

  • Go out for a walk, leave the car at home and enjoy the outdoors.

  • Fill a bird feeder or get your hummingbird feeders ready.

  • Fill a birdbath with fresh water for our feathered friends.

  • Purchase some seeds to plant like peas (they don’t mind a cool start).

  • Make a commitment to better your enviornment by joining a group or club that will teach you more ways to be Earth Friendly.

Each time you make a commitment to being aware of your surroundings, is an opportunity to make a difference too.  One little action on your part could be the start of a movement where lots of people can make a big difference.  If you learn to make a small footprint on the earth, in your own neck of the woods, it will become habit.  So that wherever you go, you will be aware and automatically look for ways to leave where you have been, untouched and in it’s natural beauty.

Earth Day Celebrations

Earth Day, Home at all Seasons

 

Earth is our Home and we need to take care of it, so that we can leave something beautiful for our children and grandchildren.  Please do your part!

Apr 15

How to Attract Orioles to Your Garden

Attracting orioles to your garden

Attract Orioles to your Garden by offering what they like to eat.

Orioles are another migratory bird that can be found in the northern US as well as southern Canada, in the summer months. They travel from South America to us in the summer months.  Many people who enjoy attracting hummingbirds will also enjoy attracting Orioles as well.

Baltimore Orioles are so pretty to see with their black heads, bright orange bodies and black wings edged with white, they are one of the most colorful birds you could imagine.  They also have a deep love of sweets.  Their favorite food by far is grape jelly.  Next to that they love oranges and then they also enjoy nectar just like the hummingbirds.

Orioles though will also eat lots and lots of insects, which is one reason you really don’t mind having them in your garden.  No nasty mosquitoes will bother you if you put out your Oriole feeders and they come to nest.

Oriole feeders are much like hummingbird feeders, just that the preferred color is orange.  The nectar is not quite as sweet as the hummers either,   Mix sugar and water in a 1:6 ratio….One cup of sugar to 6 parts of water.  Fill your feeder and remember to keep it clean.  Ants will sometimes make a move on these feeders as well.  Not to worry, Orioles will eat them too!

How to Attract Orioles to Your Garden

Clicking on this link you can see how beautiful these birds are and decide for yourself if you want to attract these for your family to enjoy.

I like that they are fairly easy to attract, and don’t require lots of “fancy” foods.  If you provide grape jelly, nectar and oranges, you are almost guaranteed that they will come and then you can enjoy watching them.

 


As with other birds in the garden remember to also have a source of plain water. They love to bathe and have a sip or two of at the same time. Water will always attract birds, bees, and butterflies. Make your garden a “Nature Getaway” and have your camera ready too!

Apr 12

Rainy Days and Mondays….

 Rainy days and Mondays always get me down….or so the song goes.  But it doesn’t have to be that way at all.  Warm rainy days are wonderful times to be out in the garden.  You might like it better under a canopy or in a greenhouse, or if you are one of those brave souls, out in the garden getting showered on as well.  I live in the hope that some of those rain drops will melt some of me away or at least some of my wrinkles.

rainy days and Mondays in the garden

Rain Drops are so Pretty on Flower Petals

Personally, I’m at the age now, when I can hardly wait for a warm rainy day, just to go out and play again.  Why was it that we hated those days so much?  Could it be that we just forgot how wonderful the warm rain falling on our faces was?  Or maybe it was because we just didn’t have such pretty rain boots and slickers then?  Or maybe we just didn’t appreciate that liquid gold coming out of the sky!

Rainy days help make your garden grow

Rainy Days Help Make Your Garden Grow

 

I love going out in the garden when the rain is falling because, the weeds which have their roots firmly planted, seem to pull up and out so much easier!  Now let’s be clear, we are talking about a nice warm summer’s day here. So the rain that is falling is nice and warm too.   Most of the time, you will find me in the garden, rain or shine just enjoying myself and the weather; whatever, weather we happen to be having.  It’s not only weeds that are easily removed, but it’s a great time to transplant those things that are growing where you don’t want them and moving them to where you do want them.

Warm summer rains help to make our gardens grow quickly.  There is something about that shower in temperatures that are above 70 degrees F, that seems to make everything grow right before your very eyes.  And as stated earlier, whatever should be removed from the garden seems to pull up and out of the soil with much less toil and trouble.  Stomping around in the garden should be kept to a minimum, as you don’t want to be packing down the soil around your plants either.  But, if you have well marked paths, and stay on them there is no problem in reaching into the rows of beans or carrots, or peppers and yanking out the weeds that will find a way to grow there.  During a good rain storm, you can also put down some fertilizer (natural of course) and let the rain do the job of watering it in.  Your plants will be as happy as you are, and work can seem more like playing.

Just make sure that you are wearing your garden boots or clogs and you have your handy weeding tools with you.  Then don’t let a little rain stop you from enjoying your time in the garden.

 

Apr 11

Spring Plants for Every Garden

spring flowers

Pretty pansy faces are some of the nicest early bloomers.

We waited and now it’s here Spring time in the Garden has finally arrived and now we can think of Spring plants for every garden. No one is happier than me.  It’s been a long cold winter. Not my best season to begin with, so seeing the end of it just makes my heart sing.  I am lucky because, I get to start a few things before many of my friends do.  I have this wonderful greenhouse in my yard.  It is filled with pots of dirt just waiting for those precious seeds that I saved from last years flower garden.  But be assured I will not start anything that is truly tender….not for a long time yet. Even in the greenhouse, the nights can be cold enough to cause the seeds that you want to start off, to just up and die.

Spring Plants for the garden that can easily be started before the long week end in May are pansies, sweet peas, and any perennial seeds that you may have. These perennial seeds will actually sprout much better if they are given a cold period.

For the vegetable garden starting your peas is good, they like a cold start and the plants become stronger for having that cold start to their lives.  They will produce more peas and that’s what we really want….Shorter vines with more flowers that will become pea pods for eating.

If you want to start your peas indoors, before setting them outside, that is easy enough to do. Just make sure that you plant only one or two seeds in a peat  pot of good ground. So that once you are ready to take them outside, you don’t have to disturb their root system. They really don’t like to have their roots disturbed once they have sprouted. The same goes for the sweet peas that flower all summer long, they also like to be planted where they are doing to grow.

Other hardy seeds are not as fussy. Pansies, forget me nots, primulas, will all be happy to be transplanted into their new spots. You may get a small amount that will die, but they are probably the weaker ones anyways, so survival of the fittest is perfect.

Early Garden Flowers

Pretty Primulas or Primroses Beautiful Early Bloomers.


Seeds that are started indoors, can be as beautiful and hardy as the annuals or perennials that you will see in the plant stores. These though, will have been loved by you, from the time the seeds went into the ground.

Heat mats can help you attain a better success rate and survival rate but they are a bit of an indulgence. If you think you will be starting your seeds every year on your own, then heat mats are a great idea. They are a real boost to your greenhouse operations even in your own home. Add a little portable greenhouse and you will enjoy bringing your seeds to life every year for years to come.

 

Apr 09

Did You Know?

Did you know about tulips?

Did you Know you shouldn’t throw these away after they are finished blooming?

Did you know that many people don’t know what to do with their potted plants once they are finished blooming?  Don’t worry though,  Grammie O’s newsletter is going to help you, so that not only will you stop throwing away lovely plants, but, you will also have a wonderful, beautiful, amazing garden to boot!

We are just through celebrating Easter and I’m sure many of you were given a plant as a gift by some of your guests.  Most often people will give either Lilies, which are a traditional flower for the Easter Season, or Hydrangeas, which also happens to be a beautiful plant, that makes a big impact.

Many people who do not celebrate Easter, will pass on those two flowers and bring a pot of tulips in bloom, Hyacinths in bloom, or a mixed bunch of cut flowers, to grace the table.

 

Did you know you can regrow hyacinths?

Colorful, Fragrant and Delightful Hyacinths

 

Many of the flowers that are available for Easter are actually flower bulbs that have been forced to grow just in time for that Easter Season.  But the beauty of those bulbs doesn’t stop once the flowers are finished blooming.  When the flowers are spent and no longer look nice, you can cut off the flower stem, and let the leaves continue to grow.  Fertilize the potted tulips or hyacinths so that the bulbs will be firm and strong.  It’s the bulbs that you will want to take outdoors and plant in your garden.  You can do this once the soil in your area is workable.  Just dig a hole about 3 inches deep and place the spent bulb into the hole, cover and that is it!  No big deal.  Now it won’t flower for you again this year, but come spring next year, you will have them come back for another visit, only this time it will be outdoors in your garden beds.

 

 

Did you know...

Did you know that Spring Bulbs are a great addition to the garden?

 

Lilies and other Easter plants are also easy to move out into the garden once it warms up in your neighborhood.  Just keep the plants in the pots until you are ready to move them outdoors.  Water and give them light as well.  Easter will be well over and then you can move them outside. Lilies will not reflower this year, but will be ready for next year.  Hydrangeas on the other hand may rebloom, depending on the cultivar.  But if they don’t rebloom this year, they will make a return appearance next year.  Beauty abounds if you take the time to replant those gifts from Easter.

Did you know.....

Did you know that Hydrangeas love to be outside in the Garden?

 

GrammieO’s Newsletter will be filled with more ideas to help you garden in an economical, green and wonderful way…stay tuned for more.

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