Gardening and All That Jazz

by on March 9, 2012

Giving the Gift That Lasts all Year

Walking on Sunshine rose Planning on giving your sweetie roses for Valentine’s Day? This year, make that gift one that lasts—maybe for years to come.

With a Walking on Sunshine rose (Rosa ‘Jacmcady’), you can enjoy beautiful, fragrant flowers throughout the season. This 2011 All-America Rose Selection winner is disease-resistant and tidy enough in size to grow on a patio or in a perennial bed. There’s just one caution: its warm, sunny color may outshine the rest of your garden!

Follow these tips to get your new rose started.

Common name: Walking on Sunshine rose
Botanical name: Rosa ‘Jacmcady’ Walking on Sunshine
Plant type: Shrub
Zones: 6 to 9
Height: 4 feet
Family: Rosaceae

Growing conditions
Sun: Full sun
Soil: Average, well-drained
Moisture: Average

Care
Mulch: Mulch to preserve moisture in the soil.
Pruning: Prune to shape in early spring.
Fertilizer: Fertilize in early spring and early summer.

Moss + Rocks = Nature-Inspired Beauty

Moss Rocks
There’s something so beautiful and peaceful about moss. Too bad we don’t get to enjoy it much, because it’s usually growing in out-of-the-way places like the sides of trees or in between stones. Until now.

Described as “Zen moss gardens” and “living sculptures,” Moss Rocks are rocks with (you guessed it!) moss growing in them. Clever, low-maintenance, and drought-tolerant, these cuties make great gifts—even for brown-thumbed people who kill every plant they get their hands on.

All you need to do is water them once a week. They come in different colors and three sizes, and they look great when grouped together. Or use them as standalone accents at home or at the office.

Handy Tool for Gutter Cleaning

gutter sweeperGutter cleaning gets high marks for being one of the least fun seasonal tasks. So we’re pretty excited to have found a tool that makes this dirty and difficult job easier.

Billed as the “ultimate rain gutter cleaning tool,” this handy little gutter sweeper fits on any ordinary extension pole, so you can stand safely on the ground. It’s even light enough to reach a two-story gutter.

Paddles on the sweeper are just the right size for getting debris out of most standard-size gutters. Tongs that hold the paddles open up to a maximum of 16 inches, making it easy to slip the tool in between gutter supports.

Don’t want to buy an extension pole? No problem. Just use a long-handled rake or even a pool-cleaning pole. Seriously, someone should have thought of this years ago.

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