I was walking our dog, Archibald Cortez, this morning and, of course, the neighborhood ladies were out in force, speed walking and jogging on the paseos. At one point, when AC paused, having found some territory to mark, I spotted a woman, who was speed-pushing a stroller and sipping on a water bottle, stop and pour some water on a lone flower that was residing away from the others. She saw me looking and smiled.
“Happy Water a Flower Day!” she said brightly. I think I muttered, “Yeah, you too,” and she was off.
I thought she was just joking around, but after I got home I Googled it and, sure enough, today is Water a Flower Day (it’s also National Mint Julep Day. Mint juleps were selling for $1,000 apiece at the Kentucky Derby on May 3, but I opted instead for National Have A Coke Day on May 8 ’cause Circle K sells the 44-oz-ers for 89 cents… yeah, I’m that cheap).
We live in the high desert area, so summers are brutal on our flowers and we have to be extra-vigilant keeping them hydrated. And, unfortunately, summer came early this year, so it’s off to Harbor Freight to pick up a few items to help us out:
The seeper hose can be one of your best friends in the garden. It’s the ideal way to irrigate. It kind of reminds me of a battery float charger. The One Stop Gardens 50 Ft. 3/4″ Flat Seeper Soaker Hose lays flat on the the ground and “weeps” water for maximum irrigation by soaking the roots directly, so it won’t damage plants. Designed with a heavy-duty woven nylon sleeve for ultimate durability, this tough “trickler” features a standard 3/4″ thread that attaches to most outdoor faucet connections. It’s especially a great asset if you live in an area with tight water restrictions. Harbor Freight price, just $9.99!
For potted plants and other areas where the seeper soaker doesn’t help, one of those nozzle things is really handy. Harbor Freight’s got a number of them, but for now, let me talk about three of them:
One Stop Gardens has an extremely versatile Six Pattern Trigger Spray Nozzle that will pretty much cover all your lawn & garden watering applications– and more! Clean your car, water your plants or give your pets a bath with this all-purpose water trigger (Archibald Cortez sure digs it… OK, he tolerates it). The spray nozzle features jet, flat spray, shower, angle spray, mist and soaker patterns to handle a wide range of watering, washing and cleaning jobs. The nozzle is constructed of durable zinc and polypropylene and will deliver many-a-summer of service. Now just $4.99.
A whole different approach to aquatic distribution is the One Stop Gardens Super Deluxe Hose Nozzle, a testosterone-injected weapon of mass-hydration. It lets you easily adjust the right amount of pressure and spray needed for whatever task you’ve got in front of you, be it the rose garden or the rain gutters. The nozzle fits any garden-variety garden hose and adjusts from a powerful jet stream to blast away dirt and debris, to a soft, cascading spray for watering your plants. Made of solid brass, this hose nozzle won’t break and features a rubberized coating that won’t scratch the car if you’re using it to wash it. A real deal at $7.99!
It might be a little Old School, but you can’t take away the coolness of the classic Brass Garden Hose Nozzle. This 4″ brass nozzle fits any standard garden hose to make watering the flowers or hosing down rugrats easier than ever! With just a subtle twist, you can change the spray patterns from a powerful stream to a soft mist for watering flowers and plants. A great addition to the garden at just $2.99!
I know what you’re thinking. All this flower watering, but only one spicket, right? Well, Harbor Freight’s got you covered there as well. Check out the One Stop Gardens 4-in-1 Brass Faucet Expander, a nifty four-way faucet splitter that allows you to connect four hoses to one faucet. Made of tough, durable brass, the faucet expander comes with a nice, big grip to attach to the faucet and features individual stainless steel valves for each hose that can be controlled independently! Only $9.99.
In the meantime, take some time and stroll the neighborhood; chances are you’ll spot a lone flower looking for a little water and some love.