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Recommendations for your gardening friends, and some for your other friends and loved ones:

24” Stake Rain Gauge Nothing matters more to gardeners than the rain. Here is a beautiful and efficient way to measure what fell. This handsome, rustproof model is based upon the Archimedian Principle and constructed entirely in the U.S. out of copper and steel. A fantastic gift! see particulars at www.thegrommet.com/world-s-coolest-raingauge

The Bartlett Book of Garden Elements, by Michael and Rose Bartlett        Michael Bartlett was the fifth generation of a Philadelphian family of landscape architects, who used his talents to design gardens for embassies (the French, Moroccan, and Finnish,) commercial projects and private homes. Rose Bartlett discovered gardening for the first time when she fell in love with her husband—and they went on to operate as a team of garden designers for twenty-eight years. They were working on this impressive book when he died suddenly in 2008, and it was left to Rose to finish the project. What she created is a wonderful resource for gardeners,


Scheeper’s Amaryllis      Through the bleakest days of deep winter, who doesn’t feel their spirits lift while watching the reliable growth of their stalwart Amaryllis in the window? Scheeper’s stocks an impressive array, including Miniature, Exotic and Double types. Their Amaryllis Gift Box package includes plastic pot, saucer and potting soil, and your own choice of 30/32 cm. Amaryllis bulb. Offerings for these range from white to rosy pink to orange, and include many striped and unusual types. See www.johnscheepers.com both professional and amateur, lavishly illustrated with photographs taken by the authors on visits to gardens throughout the world. The text is concise and gracefully organized by garden-feature headings, such as Allees, Arbors, Beehives, Birdhouses, Boot Scrapers, Bridges.. Available directly from Godine Publishing  at www.godine.com

Byer Globe Birdhome– This well-designed gift for backyard birdwatchers and gardeners alike is a beautiful addition to the backyard landscape too. A perfect sphere made from mature Thai mango wood, painted in lovely green, orange, or yellow polyurethane with a removable clean-out hatch and drainage holes for rain. Available at www.thegrommet.com/byer-of-maineglobe-bird-home

Christmas Morning Bulb Garden – This is one I’ve already ordered from Gardener’s Supply for a confirmed non-gardener on my list—and can be shipped to bloom in time for Christmas. Online reviews indicate that even minus a greenhouse or green thumb, these cheery containers planted with a combination of Amaryllis, tulips and Stars of Bethlehem provide the recipient with enjoyable displays for minimal effort.  Find several variations of the planted holiday container at www.gardeners.com

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