Garden-themed gifts great for Mother’s Day

Last year, I made the mistake of going to one of the local nurseries on Mother’s Day. Yes, I waited until the last minute, and I was in a hurry.

Boy, was it packed and crazy busy. Apparently, everyone else and their mother had the same idea I did. There is something about flowers, gardening and Mother’s Day that go together.

So here, in no particular order, is a list of possible Mother’s Day presents inspired by gardening and the home. No need to thank me, procrastinators!

Gardener’s Friend soap, Canyon Spirit Soaps — I love this stuff. You can’t beat the amazing scrubbiness of the cornmeal blended into the deliciously fragranced bar, which is 100 percent vegetable-based with essential oils. It’s citrusy and it gets the job done.

Canyon Spirit soaps are available locally at a number of stores. Check out for information. Canyon Spirit offers more than 140 varieties of handmade soaps; this is just my favorite one.

Gardening books — My newest garden-related favorite is Amy Stewart’s latest, “Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects.”

Stewart brings to life stories of insects and other crawlies throughout history, complete with creepy etchings, unnerving details and just-plain-weird trivia.

Tools — A pair of really nice gloves is always handy. Haha. Get it? Well, they are useful.

Weeding gloves are especially nice, since the texture of the glove helps you really get a grip on that bindweed that will inevitably be back as soon as it’s pulled.

My new favorite tool is the best hoe in the world, known by three names: The shuffle hoe, scuffle hoe or stirrup hoe. Whoever designed this hoe is a genius. You basically just shuffle along and it decapitates the weeds at ground level. You could always give your mom the hoe AND a promise to help weed. Just sayin’.

Soy lotion candle It’s lotion. It’s a candle. It’s a lotion candle. This is new for me, too.

Believe it or not, you light the candle and wait for the soy to melt, and then pour the warm moisturizer onto your hands and work it in as a lotion, perfect for dry gardeners’ skin. Amazing.

Hand-poured by Linda Bailey and Ruth Elkins, these highly fragranced candles are available at their brand-new store, Sprigs and Sprouts, at 3669 G Road, directly west of Palisade High School on U.S. Highway 6.

Lucky for you, Sprigs and Sprouts is having a grand opening today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your mom with you and partake of the free samples: lavender ice cream, lavender lemon cookies, lavender cake and lavender lemonade.

While you’re there, you can peruse the 1,100 Grosso lavender plants in the front field and imagine how gorgeous it will be when they bloom this summer. And then you can take a peek at the tomato-growing operation out back across from the abode of the resident ducks, Sprig and Sprout.

Elkins is trying out the “Florida weave” method of growing tomatoes, and I can’t wait to see how successful it is. Don’t forget to try samples of the lavender wine jelly and Earl Grey lavender jelly.

Erin McIntyre is a writer, gardener and Grand Valley native in the midst of starting her own gourmet pickle company. You can reach her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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