A few months ago I made an official complaint about the availability of small sized gardening gloves. I feel a little bit silly typing that. Really? Is that all you have to worry about? Boo diddums! The fact that I can’t easily find working gloves that fit is not an earth shattering problem, quite the contrary. Shame on me.
All the same, I am a professional gardener, of sorts, so why shouldn’t I have kit that fits? I am not alone, there are plenty of us Horti Heroines out there. When you look at available working clothing you would think not. One day, not so long ago, a plumber working at the same house as I was said to me “I didn’t realise that there was such a thing as lady gardeners”. Yes, quite true, although a perfectly affable chap he was amazed at my profession. If I had just beamed down from the Starship Enterprise he would have been less shocked. Let us just reflect on that a moment. Indeed. Quite.
After trying, yet again, to buy some new gloves at a certain well known chain of garden centres, I decided on direct, non violent action. I emailed the Managing Director of the aforementioned store, said my piece and sat back and waited.
It didn’t take long. The next day I had a call from one of the MD’s PR team. After an extended placating chat they promised to send me some “without prejudice” freebies and address the problem. Today I called into the same garden centre. True to their word they are now stocking small gloves, and proper hard wearing ones too. Not the ones that look pretty but are as useful as a chocolate teapot. So I would like to say thank you to them. Thanks for listening and thanks for doing something to redress the imbalance. It is much appreciated.
I didn’t set out to buy plants. Who does? OK, I do, but it isn’t always planned. True, the very fact that we visited not one but two places that sold them meant there was an outside (inside) chance that I would succumb. Really, it was inevitable. Today I have welcomed to the fold Scilla peruviana Carribean Jewels ‘Samphire Blue’ and Polygala chamaebuxus. I am sure they will fit in very well.
As I thought a photo of a pair of gloves or a, yet to be exciting, plant in pot would be a little dull, I decided to share a very undull hellebore with you. A picture that has nothing at all to do with this post. Any complaints, please email the MD.