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Florists Apron for the Garden

5 Things Every Florist’s Apron Needs

Not Every Florist’s Apron is Created Equal

There are a lot of poor quality florist’s aprons out there in the market, and when arranging flowers in a shop or in the field, the flower trade can be demanding: dirt, water, coffee ;). A high quality apron can be a decent investment, and you want it to last, protect your clothing and most of all make your duties easy by having what you need easily accessible. Here are our requirements that every florist or flow arranger should use when shopping for that shop apron that will provide years of use, and look stylish:

  • A good florists apron material is waxed canvas. It has to be of significant weight material (they call it heavy), and treated so it shuns water.
  • Linen aprons are fun and fashionable, but soak up water and rip over time (no pocket strength).
  • There should be ample apron pocket space, and they need to be arranged well: a place for snips, scissors, tools and your phone!
  • Main pockets should be double stitched for strength and durability in the florist’s apron.
  • There should be a towel holder on the apron for a quick drying of hands or rapid cleanup.
  • Smock Straps should cross in the back to distribute the load and be comfortable.

A good apron will cost you between $30 and $50, and you get what you pay for! We offer an affordable, high quality apron that will last years and the best part is, its what we wear on the farm and while arranging!

How to use a hori hori

Hori Hori Uses

How To Get the Most Out of Your Hori Hori Tool

As I work on the farm and garden daily, I don’t go anywhere without my Hori Hori Knife and Tool. I find new uses for my this Japanese Gardener’s Tool every day.  I carry it every where I go, and like to have it handy for all types of chores, and it saves me trips back to the garden shed.  Either on my gardener’s belt or in my gardener’s/florists apron, it is always ready for action or any chore I can sum up.  There are many known uses, but I thought I would create a list of expanded uses for this great garden tool i have found over the years:

  • As its namesake describes, it is great for digging with its concave Hori Hori Samurai-like blade.
  • It can be used as a quick soil aerating tool to get oxygen to a plants roots and surrounding soil.
  • The Hori Hori blade is great for getting weeds at their roots, and with a flick of the wrist can get them root and all.
  • The serrated blade is great for cutting through stubborn roots, and root balls.
  • The Hori Hori works quite well as a pruning device for small branches or as a small saw for larger branches.
  • It works great as a marker stake, and with a hole in the handle, and some string, it makes garden marking easy. You can also use it for planting rows as a line reference.
  • I use it as a propagation tool to cut through large root balls and separate.
  • The Hori Hori Knife edge cuts through landscape fabric quite well and makes cutting X’s simple.
  • Opening bags of soil and amendments can be done quickly with the sharp Hori blade
  • The sharp blade can help in harvesting flowers or vegetables.
  • It’s great for cutting through irrigation tubing

No matter your use, buy the Best Hori Hori you possible can and use it throughout the garden or farm to make your chores a breeze. Just be careful! The blade is sharp!

Gifts for a female gardener

Best Garden Gifts for Women

Gifts for Mom, Grandma, Sisters, Daughters and Friends

So how do you buy the perfect gardening gift for the female/woman gardener in your life? Over my lifetime, I have put the women gardener’s I have met into three different categories (by the way, the men fit into the same exact ones!):

  • The Serious Woman Gardener – not afraid to get dirt under her nails. Uses any garden weapon or tool. Plants relentlessly, and constantly changes her landscape. Will go at it with or without gloves.
  • The Casual Woman Gardener – loves the outdoors and gardening. Lives for the stress free feel of the garden. Has others do the heavy labor, but does get dirty on occasion. Occasionally plants and pots, content with pruning roses and doing light work.
  • The Flower Lover – hands off with the exception of cutting flowers in the garden. Not a dirt lover like the serious gardener, but has a passion for the beauty and variety of plants.

So, I am certainly not saying that one remains in their category over a lifetime, and most drift in and out of different phases, like life in general. So how do you provide a long lasting gift for that special gardening woman that will last and provide years of use out in the garden?

Here are our recommendations for that unique gardening gift for any woman:

  • The Gardening Apron – a high quality gardening apron is appreciated by all, and will last years. We recommend a heavy grade cotton canvas with ample pocket space and adjustable size.
  • Hori Hori Garden Tool – for the serious female gardener, this Japanese garden tool has been used for centuries to cut, dig and scoop in gardens across the world. Hori Hori means dig in Japanese, and a gardener that receives this gift will do just that.
  • The Dibble – the garden dibbler is a great gift for female gardeners that plant out in the garden. It can be used for seed starting, bulb planting and aerating soil.

This is just a short list, check out all our Garden Gifts for Females and Men in our gardening gift shop.

Garden Tool Gifts

Best Tools For the Garden

Two Garden Tool Items I Can’t Do Without

We’ve been doing a lot lately on the farm to get ready for another growing season, and have several garden and farm projects in the works, including: new irrigation system, a lavender field, new growing beds, refreshing beds in our home garden, an English garden and much more (yes I am tired 😉 ). There are two tools that are irreplaceable in our day to day efforts: The Hori Hori and the Dibber.

Let’s start with the Hori Hori. This is one of my favorite tools out in the fields. I’ll give you a quick summary of how I used this Japanese Garden Knife and Tool out on the property yesterday:

  • Cutting through stubborn roots while digging an irrigation ditch.
  • Digging out a sprinkler riser to replace
  • To put soil into a new pot
  • To cut lengths of drip line for a new irrigation zone
  • Cutting through landscape fabric for planting
  • As a garden trowel
  • To remove some stubborn weeds in the gravel driveway

The Hori Hori is really the Garden Samurai (You can read more here: Hori Hori Garden Tool), and a garden tool I wont leave in the shed.

Second on the list is one of my new favorites, the Garden Dibber or Dibble. This tool has been around since man started farming, and is essentially a tool for seed and bulb planting. It essentially provides a simple way to drill holes in your soil with minimal effort. Today, as I go out to plant, here is how I will use this unique garden tool:

  • To plant some new Ranunculus bulbs we just received (as a bulb planter)
  • To poke some irrigation holes around newly planted trees
  • To make holes in some new ground cover
  • As a seed starter to open up soil for new seed

This garden tool is light and simple to use and makes little effort out of starting you new plants in any type of soil.

You can find both of these in our shop, Gifts for the Gardener.

Gardening Gifts for Women

Gifts for Her: In the Garden

Are you looking for a unique gift or item for a woman gardener? Whether its your gardening mother, your wife who spends time in the garden or a daughter with a passion for working the soil, this list of great gardening gifts will provide with a number of options.

Best Gardening Gifts for Women

Here are some of our top recommendations for any female gardener:


Garden Scissors

Garden Scissors

She will love these beautiful garden stainless steel garden scissors. Light, stylish and sharp, they are a great tool out in the garden or in the kitchen for flow arranging.

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Garden Apron

Garden Apron

Our womens garden apron is our top selling product, and a great gardening gift for any female gardener. Made of water-shedding, heavy waxed canvas, and with ample pocket space, it will become a favorite gift.

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The Dibber

The Dibber

The Hori Hori Garden Tool is the equivalent of the Swiss Army knife out in the garden. This tool can be used for digging, cutting, propagation and planting seeds and bulbs.

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This is just a sampling of our unique garden gift selection. Click the button below to visit our full shop and find that garden gift you are looking for.

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Need a garden gift for him? See our selection: Gardening Gifts for Him

Gifts for Gardeners

Best Gifts for Gardeners

What are some ideas for gardener gifts?

As a gardener and farmer, there is nothing better that a fantastic garden gift. But with soooo many choices online, and a ton of junk, how do you pick the one that would be the best for your gardener friend or family member? Here is a list of my favorites, hopefully one sounds good to you:

  1. A Gardening Apron – you don’t realize what you are missing until you wear a gardening apron with pockets out in the garden. It’s like bringing your shed with you. If you are like me, I spend more time going back and forth to the garage and shed than I do in the garden. A couple of things to look for: several pockets, waxed canvas, double-stitched apron pockets and adjustable straps.
  2. A Hori Hori – The Japanese garden tool, named with the Japanese term “Hori Hori” which means “dig,dig”, is an amazing friend in the garden. The Hori Hori can be used to dig, weed, cut, scrape and measure. With roots back to the Samurai forges in Japan, this gardening sword will be a favorite for any gardener on your list. You can read up on the features in a quality Hori Hori here: The Best Hori Hori Tool
  3. The Garden Tote – a garden carryall for tools, fertilizer, bulb packs, seeds and more, can be a great partner for the gardener. Our time gardening is limited, and having all you need a foot away can insure your time out there is saved for garden duties.
  4. The Dibber (Dibbler) – having its roots (no pun intended) with the first gardener’s way back in time, a dibber is a tool for making holes in the soil for seeds and bulbs. The handy tool makes quick work for gardening tasks, and modern dibbers are an attractive wood and stainless steel tool any gardener would love.
  5. The Garden Tool Holder – pruners, scissors and clippers, also called gardening sharps, are difficult to carry and can damage standard carriers. A thick and solid leather or heavy canvas tool roll can give any gardener a safe place to store their gardening tools.
  6. Bonsai Scissors/Clippers – garden scissors are an excellent gift for the discerning gardener, and have become quite popular for many reasons. These sharp gardening tools provide many functions out in the garden, and stainless steel scissors will last forever.

So, hopefully this quick list of gardening gift ideas can provide you with the best gift for the gardener in your life (or a gift for yourself).

Garden tool dibber dibble

Just What is a Garden Dibber? (or Dibbler?)

The Garden Tool Used For Centuries

We’ve all used many different things to make holes in the ground for seeds or bulbs. I know I have. Nothing has been off limits: a stick, screwdriver, dowel, shovel handle, and yes, even a finger. But a dibber, also known as a Garden Dibberdibbler or dibble, is a garden tool made for this very purpose. Its first recorded use was back in roman times, usually made from old tool handles, and its design has not really changed.

Dibbers are made of all different types or materials, including wood, metal and plastic. Here are the attributes of a quality dibber in the modern age, and one any gardener would appreciate as a gift:

  • A t-handle for leverage in making deep holes or penetrating hard soil.
  • A stainless metal tip to keep going and going
  • Wood handle for aesthetics
  • Thick wood for a solid grip

I know we use ours on the farm constantly (I just used it for planting Ranunculus and Anemone today), and after a 1000 bulbs, i am thankful for this handy tool. But its not only for planting. Here are all the uses for a dibber:

  • To make holes in soil for seed planting
  • To make holes in soil for bulb planting
  • To break up potted plant roots before planting in the garden
  • To clean dirt from tubers
  • For leverage in propagation with large roots.
  • To aerate the soil around a plant
  • To create deep water holes for plants in hot climates

So now all you have to do is get one, and carry it in your garden tool holder, garden tote or gardening apron.

Old Garden Dibber
Ancient Dibber

best gifts for gardeners women and men

Gifts for Gardeners

Our Garden Shop contains a wide variety of unique quality gifts for the gardener. We pride ourselves in only choosing the best items, and pick from those we use on a daily basis on our farm. These unique garden gift ideas will please even the most discerning gardener.

So, what makes the best gift for a gardener? How do you get gift ideas for that friend or relative that has a passion and love for growing? Here are some ideas on how to find the perfect gardening gift through some questions:

  • What do other gardeners or farmers use and enjoy?
  • What can make the hard garden tasks easier or simplified?
  • Is there a tool that can make a gardener more productive?
  • What do experienced gardeners/farmers use in their gardens that are unique and special?
  • Are there specific gifts for female gardeners?
  • Are gifts for male gardeners different?
  • After a long hard day in the garden, what would be enjoyable?

Where do you start? Enter our shop to see our choices for the best gifts for gardeners based on the questions above.


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