One could say that we are hoeless at the Faire Garden, but it would not be entirely true.
If you look hard enough at our array of gardening implements, you will see hoes resting on the board that holds the shovels and rakes. But they are rarely used.
We have on occasion purchased antique, (or sold at antique stores) tools that are artful as well as useful. But we have not used them. They do add a charm to the shed interior though.
Tools have even been found on the property, buried under layers of unpruned privet hedge. We consider these art also.
Another found piece, an all metal wheelbarrow with a rusted out basin. Perfect for a planter of mixed sedums and sempervirens.
While in use, the wooden handles of tools have been know to break, thus becoming yet more art. The birds really like to perch on the tines.
An expensive English made specially ordered shovel, whose handle was broken in the removal of the giant pampas grass, makes an artful display that also functions as a hose guide.
Tools truly used, daily in fact are the small digging spade and mini rake. This shovel is the go to around here. Small enough to not wear out a slightly small and slightly weakening with age gardener with its weight. The little rake is perfect for fishing algae out of the pond along with fallen leaves.
At times, micro surgical tools are needed for those tight spots. The knife and cobrahead can weed and dig holes for planting smaller additions. The muddy handles are proof of the hard use they endure.
The queen of the garden, the felcos. Her highness is muddy handled also. But she wears her dirt proudly for the leadership she provides to her adoring subjects. The gnomes have brought tributes to honor her. Long may she reign!
This post is part of theHoe Down
sponsored by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
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