If it weren’t for the last minute


I once had a sign posted over my desk that proclaimed “If it weren’t for the last minute, a lot of things wouldn’t get done.” It was given to me by a co-worker. I never decided if it was meant as a joke or a suggestion that I change my ways.

Now, these many years later, I will allow that it was likely a suggestion, but one I’ve failed to follow. All this is to say, if you are like me, and haven’t quite finished your holiday shopping, I have some Last Minute suggestions for gifts for your favorite gardener.

This is the time of year when we gardeners love to read and dream about the gardens to come in a few short months. Here are a few books, most of which are available at Backyard Garden and Gifts (see my blogroll), which are designed to keep us, if not content, at least distracted until planting season comes around.

1. Native Plants for Southwestern Landscapes by Judy Mielke
2. Plants for Dry Climates (Sunset Books)
3. The Western Garden Book (Sunset Books)
4. Gardening in the Southwest (Sunset)
5. The Edible Garden
6. Sunset Western Garden Book of Edibles

If you’d rather not wrap a book, which to me is one of the simpler projects I encounter at this time of year, think about new gardening tools, a great pair of garden gloves, clogs that can be washed off at the outside spicket or a terrific hat. We may get muddy, but we still are conscious of our style.

There are also some great sales on outdoor pottery at this time of year. I don’t know a gardener who doesn’t love great pottery to set out in the garden. Speaking of setting out in the garden, there are wonderful gazing globes, and garden gnomes, and quaint signs that proclaim the names of the plants near them. I particularly love the brightly-painted, cut out signs for herbs. They just make me smile.

So there you have it. Some last minute ideas. Enjoy your shopping and the peace of the season.


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