Imagine being able to pick fresh lemons, limes and oranges right from your patio! Read more »
Cutting overgrown grasses by more than an inch or two at a time can create unhealthy brown and bald spots in your lawn – or ev... Read more »
Kids are eager gardeners. They love to experiment with colorful flowers, have an adventurous sense of design, and getting dirt... Read more »
Our Shear Ease® Grass Shears include a patented mechanism that prevents the blades from jamming or sticking when you’re trimmin... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Hedge Shears, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear techno... Read more »
Our Easy-Pour Watering Can offers both capacity and control. The 2.6-gallon volume holds a generous amount of water that is eas... Read more »
Put your crafting skills to work and create a beautiful and unique fascinator that reflects your personal style. Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Mosaic tile frames are a beautiful way to display photos. Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with a Squeeze Punch that makes every embellishment up to 2X easier to pun... Read more »
Designed for tight, precise cuts through Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Detail Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that p... Read more »
A colorful, roomy bag is just the thing you need to carry all your belongings for a day at the beach. Read more »
Keep the kids busy on a road trip with their own art bag full of inspiration and the essentials. Read more »
This easy pillowcase dress looks adorable with pretty fabrics. Plus, it is super simple to put together, even if you have not... Read more »
Only our Stitcher Scissors provide precision and control that meet the needs of the most demanding sewers and quilters. Micro-T... Read more »
Our Seamstress Scissors are the perfect all-purpose scissors for anyone who cuts fabric frequently. The smooth action of these... Read more »
Choose our Dressmaker Shears for long, smooth cuts through multiple layers of medium to heavy fabrics. Extra-long blades maximi... Read more »
Looking for a sure cure for bored kids - make sparkly sea creatures! Read more »
Open-ended activities like this Busy Book can keep kids occupied in the back seat of a car AND spark fun family conversations! Read more »
It doesn’t take much to turn an everyday snack into something a little extra special. It is great to see how quickly you can a... Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
The beautiful mood lighting of lanterns at outdoor gatherings is fabulous, so why not craft up a set to use this summer. Read more »
Treat your children to their own special tent hideaway, then stand back and watch as the fun and adventures begin! Read more »
Make a thoughtful gift for someone this summer! Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Great for beginners, the unique design of this tool makes cutting perfect shapes from fabric a breeze — since you’re not managi... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
These days, the labels that come with plants are big, colorful, and full of information. They’re designed to catch your attention at a garden shop, to help you choose plants that suit the conditions in your garden, and to care for them properly once they’re planted. Some labels suggest good companion plants and even show a palette of complementary colors.
In flower beds, these big labels are actually too big and bright, but they are great to tuck into the pages of a garden journal. (I rarely buy just one of anything, so I usually have an extra label for my journal.) I often bury big labels so only the name of the plant shows. That’s about all I need to know when I’m outside, anyway. In my journal, I want the details.
My journal’s pages are full of variations on the basic theme of the label. Packing slips from mail-order nurseries and typed-up notes from reference books supplement the labels that come with plants. Seed packets, ripped open and usually a little muddy, are stapled to the pages. Sometimes I stuff an envelope full of the labels from plants in a single newly planted flower bed and slip the whole thing into my journal. I write the date on the front of the envelope, and occasionally I even sketch a quick map of where everything is planted in the bed.
When I planted 10 new rose bushes in my garden in Virginia last year, I left most of the labels on the roses outside, but brought in a few duplicates. I clipped out catalog pictures and descriptions of the roses for my journal and took a few notes on which rose was planted where. I never seem to record my purchases the same way twice, but, over the years, I have created an impressive paper trail of the plants in my garden. And it’s a good thing, because garden conditions are rough on labels. In a journal, labels last forever.
Nothing is more direct and down to earth than gardening, but the written record is important, too, if only to keep it all straight. A gardener goes through a lot of plants and enthusiasms in life, and a journal — no matter how you keep it — helps you capture the whole endlessly changing experience.