Having just written a post about garden accessories, and always opting for black if plastic is the only option, I have been having second thoughts over one item where I might have to throw all of the above to the wind… and that is garden tools. And more specifically, trowels.
I don’t know about you, but I seem to be loosing trowels at an ever-increasing rate. You could say I’m suffering with a bad case of gastrowelitis, otherwise known as “loose trowels”, but that’s probably too ghastly a thought to contemplate.
Anyway, I put small tools down, and they just disappear. Vanoosh. My eyes/brain are increasingly letting me down. I have now lost three trowels in as many months, and I think the time has come to do something drastic about it. I can either try again to find them in the compost heap – in such a small garden, my last hope of where they might be – or take a dramatic change of direction with my next purchase.
So it was great to find these new tools from Burgon and Ball. I think if you’re going to go for a stand-out colour, then it might as well be a big obnoxious fluorescent colour. Although the yellow might seem marginally more subtle (especially if you have a penchant for cycling gear, or high-vis vests), I’ve taken a cue from Diana Vreeland, the 1950s/60s fashion guru – (who, incidentally, had her apartment decorated to look , and I quote, “like a garden in Hell”) – and gone for what she called “the navy-blue of India”… Pink.
I’ve added one to my Birthday list… but if anyone has any better ideas, please let me know! Do you have any tricks to stop mislaying your tools? DIY ideas especially welcome…