March 30, 2023

In the Garden - Favorite Gardening Essentials

By Sarah E.J. Williams
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Now that spring has finally arrived and gardening season is officially upon us, I’m in full garden planning mode. 

In the past, I’ve planted vegetables as well as cutting flowers but this year I’m going to focus solely on flowers. There are plenty of farmers markets around and I want to save as much space as possible for pretty blooms. In the cutting garden, I will be planting several varieties of zinnia, sweet william, sweet pea and a few varieties of sunflowers. Zinnia and sunflowers, in particular, are very hardy and super easy to grow making them great garden staples. 

In addition to the cutting garden, my perennial beds are full of different varieties of hydrangea which are my absolute favorite, especially for arrangements. When we get a little further into spring, I’ll work on the pots and hanging baskets which usually include a mix of gerber daisies, impatiens, geraniums and a few more of my favorite annuals. Currently, the pansies are still in season so I’ll leave them for a few more weeks while I work on the other areas. 

With English garden vibes always being the goal, here are some of my favorite gardening essentials that are both functional and gorgeous! 

Haws Brass Watering Lance


This brass watering wand is so pretty and made to last a lifetime. Unlike the plastic varieties you can pick up at any big box store that seem to last just one season, this is designed with both quality and aethestics in mind. 

English Woven Planter Baskets

These woven planters add a nice texture to potted arrangements and are especially pretty on covered porches. 

Bergs Terracotta Pots (Cathedral)

Bergs Pottery is all handmade in Tuscany using high quality Italian terracotta and styled after historic Danish designs. Over time, these pots will develop a beautiful, natural patina. This design is shown in the gray colorway.

Bergs Terracotta Pots (Palace)



Bergs Pottery comes in several different styles and colors. I especially love the Cathedral and Palace designs. This design is shown in the rose colorway.

Haws Long Reach Watering Can

For over 100 years, Haws has made watering cans in England using a design that mimics natural rainfall. The long reach of this particular watering can is handy when watering plants that are slightly out of reach. 

Cedar Raised Garden Bed with Mortise & Tenon Joints


 These raised beds are made using rough sewn, Vermont Eastern White Cedar and are naturally very durable and can be stacked on top of one another for a deeper bed. The mortise & tenon joints, although functional, add a touch of old world charm. 

Rusted Steel Edging Hoops


These edging hoops are a beautiful way to keep plants from taking over pathways and add an architectural element to the garden. 

Copper Hose Pot


Made in Turkey using solid copper, this hose pot keeps your water hose stored away neatly when not in use while also serving as a piece of art in your garden. Overtime, it will develop a beautiful patina. 

Floral Arm Saver Garden Gloves

The garden gloves are designed to protect your hands and arms from scratches, bug bites and the sun. Not only are they super durable thanks to the synthetic leather palms, but they are also machine washable. 

Gwen Wide Brim Sun Hat

A sun hat is a must have on any gardeners list. This particular hat by Gigi Pip has a classic design with a nice, wide brim, an adjustable inner sweatband and offers UPF sun protection.

Let's garden, shall we?

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