Hello!  I hope you are doing well and enjoying your gardening season.  This past weekend was a fun one here at Ladybug HQ – we built up some raised garden beds and painted them pink!  It was certainly a conversation starter, and I can’t wait to show you the results in a few weeks.

This week I wanted to share some great gift ideas for the organic gardener in your life.  We are right in the midst of wedding season and I am busy preparing gift certificates and gift ideas for clients who want to gift organic gardening.  The majority of people who gift Ladybug sessions to a loved one also buy them a tree, shrub or a selection of goodies to go with it…here are some of my favorites:

Clockwise from top left to right:

Rosa Carefree Wonder

Rosa Pink Double Knock Out

Rosa Burgundy Iceberg

Rosa Blushing Knock Out

Betula nigra ‘Heritage’

Acer palmatum Orange Dream

Stewartia pseudocamelia

Magnolia Butterflies

I use this clumping bamboo quite a bit in my garden designs….Fargesia sp. ‘Scabrida‘ is wonderfully hardy in the zones I garden in, makes a stunning container plant in colder zones and the colors lend themselves to a broad palette and many different uses.  I’ve actually used this in a cottage garden setting to magnificent effect.

Other great non-invasive bamboos include:

Fargesia robusta

Fargesia sp ‘Rufa’ Green Panda

I wish that clean air gardening had better pictures for me to share with you.  I find their prices reasonable, the stool and garden knife are indispensable and, well, they have a Mr. Fancypants gnome….

Japanese weeding knife

Ergonomic Garden Stool

Mr. Fancypants Gnome

Lawn Aerating Shoes

And now for my almost mandatory Brit love….I swoon over the products at Garden Boutique.


Floral Linen Pruning Gauntlets

Zinc Drop Labels

Veggie Labels

Seed Ruler

Paper Potter

Squirrel Topiary Frame

Aged Ceramic Label

Zinc Heart Tags

Those heart plant labels are similar to ones Ladybug uses…..I’ll share a tutorial next week!

Until then, my dears, I hope you have a lovely week and enjoy yourself in the garden.

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  • LOVE the idea of gardening gift cards as a wedding gift – we received one for our wedding…and, my mom gives us one every year for our anniversary – years of lovely plants with fond memories!

  • how lovely, jes! how sweet. :)

  • I like mr. fancy pants gnome :)

  • jenn bronson | June 4, 2010

    mr. fancy pants IS amazing! I would love any of these gifts! gift cards are a wonderful idea and can also be done through landscape businesses (you might already do this Caroline). my husband has his own landscaping business and has created handmade gift cards clients can purchase for their friends and family for a few hours of his time or even for his time to draw a plan. they are totally customizable depending on what the client wants to give!

  • Hi ladies! We do offer gift certificates for folks to purchase Ladybug time – these are a big hit for weddings and housewarmings. The cutest was a grandmother who gave her 7 year old grandson sessions with us – we taught him how to create his own worm compost bin and helped him build an organic veggie garden. He set up a little produce stand towards the end of the season…sold tomatoes instead of lemonade!

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