Friday, December 30, 2016

Garden Accessories that Hide Your Spare Key

Garden accessories may add interest to your garden, however, some accessories have another benefit because they conceal your house key. These useful accessories are eye appealing and will save you money because if you become locked out of your house you will not have to call a locksmith.
Hide key here, learn how to bellow

Many people have gone outdoors to get the newspaper in their robe and slippers then find that the door closed behind them and they are locked out. If somebody is home then there is no problem but what if you are home alone?

This morning when I went out to walk the dog I purposely left the side door open because I had no intention of leaving the yard. Yet when I returned I found the door locked. While I was on the other side of the house my husband locked the door and went to work. I was locked out without my phone or a spare key. What a situation I was in, my phone inside, my neighbor with the spare key out of town. I had two choices; break into the house or walk a mile in my pajamas to the next neighbor's house.

Had I bought the discrete garden accessories that had a secret compartment
for my house key, I would be able to get back inside easily.

I shopped online at and found just what I needed. I like the synthetic rocks and other garden accessories for concealing your spare key. But think if I had a waterproof key-box that I could hide it anywhere outdoors.

How to Hide your Outdoor Spare Key
Conceal key in a sprinkler head.  Learn more at step 5 bellow

  1. Shop for an outdoor box for your key.  Insert the key in the box.  Make sure it is sealed before hiding the key box in the garden.  Choose a planter then dig a shallow hole, set the key-box flush with the soil and cover with mulch.
  2. Hide the key-box in patio furniture. Unzip a seat cushion or pillow and put the key-box inside.
  3. Buy landscape rocks that are made to conceal keys. Hide the key underneath the rock in the special compartment. Then set rock around flower or other plant containers. Create a rock display on your porch, patio or garden.
  4. Use gorilla brand tape to adhere the key-box to the backside or bottom of patio furniture. Make sure this furniture is flush with the wall.
  5. Hide your key in a sprinkler head, Trademark Global makes this discrete product for you spare key and you can shop for it at
Hide spare key in planters

Hope these ideas are helpful to you. My husband says the best way to not get locked out is to check the door before going outdoors. But you know as well as I do accidents do happen.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas for Gardeners

When it comes to Christmas gift ideas for someone who likes to work in the yard or garden, then I think that buying for them is easy.  You need to think outside the garden shed and not worry about garden tools, instead, buy them gifts that they will appreciate such as a garden pattern apron, canvas tote bag, work gloves, plant stakes, yard or garden print T-shirt and more.

My garden friends are not the type that garden on the weekend or garden when the flowers are blooming. There is the type of gardeners that visit and work in their garden 7 days a week. Yes, they love to garden and when they are not able to garden in the winter season they are planning their warm season gardens. So when Christmas comes around I will buy them gifts that pertain to gardening because I know they will love the thoughtful gift.

If a gardener is on your Christmas list then finding the perfect gift is easy. You can buy them a gift certificate at or other garden center or you can shop for garden gifts that will be used during the next growing season.

Know that you cannot go wrong with a garden apron. A style with a pocket that is large enough for seed packages, garden gloves or business cards. A cotton apron is a great Christmas gift for a gardener. Even if the gardener has an apron they will appreciate another one.

Know that on a typical day in the garden I will start off with a clean apron but after pulling weeds or planting it will be soiled and I will need to put on a fresh one to meet with clients or neighbors coming to visit me. So you bet a garden apron is on my Christmas wish list.  

My lily garden
I like knowing that I have five gardening aprons because if I get dirty I can always change into a clean one.  Here are a few of my gardener apron designs. Click the link below the image if you would like to buy or learn more.

Real Men Yard Work Apron

Master Gardener Apron

Garden Girl Flower Collage Standard Apron

Another gift idea for gardener would be custom made canvas tote-bag, for stashing garden stuff or taking to the garden center to shop.

Cute Custom Gardener Print all over Black Tote Bag

Monogram Green Garden Wreath Print All Over Bag

Other gift ideas; garden books, gloves, sunhat, and flower markers are also appreciated.  Here is a collection that I designed at Click here to view a variety of garden gifts for him and for her.