Guest Author - Charity Armstrong
Valentine's Day is the time to select the perfect gift for your favorite rose enthusiast. There is always the traditional gardener's gift of a pair of great pruners or goat skin gloves. However, If you're looking for something a bit more romantic or unique I've listed several unusual, no fail ideas for the rose lover in your life.
My personal favorite is the “Sterling Silver Rose Drop Necklace” offered on-line with Eve's Addiction. I was the lucky recipient of this necklace about a year ago when my husband surprised me with it for Christmas. I have to admit that the black silk chain the pendant comes with isn't fabulous but you can easily replace the silk with a silver or white gold chain. Eves Addiction offers several lengths of “Bali Style” sterling silver chains that look great with this pendant, matching its unique patina. The base of the pendant is hollow and has roses carved into the drop shape. The bottom can spin and rotate independently of the top. It's a rare, nice sized, quality piece of jewelry that I've received compliments on from both men and women. The pendant retails for $42. Eve's Addiction offers this piece for purchase through Amazon.com. You can view and purchase it from Amazon: Eve's Addiction Sterling Silver Bali Style Ornate Rose Drop Necklace
A rose perfume that I love, and frequently wear, is “Stella by Stella McCartney.” This perfume is all about the rose. It smells natural and is true to the actual essence of the rose's fragrance. It reminds me of a beautiful, heady, antique rose you'd find flourishing in a quiet forgotten garden. The perfume has lots of rose scent with a touch of amber. This perfume comes in a variety of bottle sizes as well as lotion and body cream. You can read reviews on this perfume and purchase it at Amazon: Stella McCartney's Stella fragrance at Amazon.com
For someone who enjoys rose gardening books “The Ultimate Rose Book: New Expanded Edition” is a wonderful gift. This book has close to 500 pages almost everyone of which contain beautiful glossy color photos. Roughly 1,800 roses are covered in this book, with a color photo of almost every one of them. This book while pretty to look at is also informative, insightful and includes many rose gardening tips. The large size and stunning color photos also make this book the perfect coffee table book for any rose gardener. Read more about “The Ultimate Rose Book” and order it from Amazon: The Ultimate Rose Book: New Expanded Edition
If you're planning to buy your sweetheart cut roses this year, check out my article “Purchasing Perfect Roses.” It will help you find a wonderful bouquet to wow your date. For other rose related gift ideas check out my article from last year “Easy Mothers Day Rose Gifts.” The links to the articles are at the bottom of the page.
Finding a great Valentine's Day gift for your avid rose gardener doesn't have to be difficult. If you're at a loss try giving one or more of my suggestions a try. In my experience rose themed gifts are always welcome.