Have you ever lost one of your favorite gardening tools? If so, you know how upsetting that is. That was the state of my wife recently when she couldn’t find her favorite trowel. She had used it at the Rock Garden and then we remembered also at the Shepard on the same day. And now, it was nowhere to be seen. Which is exactly my point—the best insurance on your keeping a valued tool is that it can be seen. After days of fretting and searching where do buy another of the same kind of trowel, (the company Ultra Pro Garden Tools is apparently out of business) LaVille found her trowel amongst the mess on her potting bench. It was painted green and blended in with the litter.
So, for the second time, I am imploring you to take the time to brighten the appearance of your favorite garden tools. I’ve spoken to several gardeners who are using red spray paint—whatever suits your taste. The pain of losing a valued tool is severe, and possibly unavoidable with a little effort . . now! You know what they say, “Happy gardener—happy . . . “ What rhymes with “gardener”? . . . How ‘bout “pardoner”?
Stan, The Happy Pardoner (LaVille says that “partner” would be more appropriate, even though it doesn’t rhyme as well)