Best and Worst Garden Gifts: Part Five

Does this photo even need a caption?

The final contributor to our garden gift series is horticultural icon and very nice man, Roger Swain.  By the way, these submissions are all in the authors’ own words – not edited by me. As always, your comments on these posts are welcome, whether or not you agree!


  • A 3-legged Stokes orchard ladder in a length I don’t already have
  • A ball of baling twine ( actually they come in pairs  as so many good things do).
  • Another Dutch hand hoe ( made by  Sneeboer)
  • A 2 and 1/2 gallon (ten liter) Dramm watering can ( in red, for the season)
  • A truckload of finished compost
  • and a plate of Rhode Island calamari ( oh wait, that’s six)


  • garden- themed tea-towels
  • wall plaques
  • calendars
  • diaries

I want to thank everyone who went along with my eccentric little theme, and sent in their lists. I am so grateful to count you as friends, colleagues and mentors, and I hope Santa brings you only “bests” this year.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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