A few thank you’s to pass along…
I love Lee Valley Tools. I sent them an email on Sunday because several years ago I purchased some “Y” valves from them, the kind you use to connect two hoses to an outside faucet. This spring when I put the “Y” valves back on, they were leaking badly so I sent an email to customer service at Lee Valley asking what I could do to stop the leak. They replied back that they are sending me a refund check. And it has been at least two, maybe three years since I bought them.
I didn’t ask for a refund, but they were not happy with the quality, so had discontinued carrying these valves and are looking for a new supplier and decided I should get a refund. I hope they find a new supplier because these valves had nice big levers to turn the water flow off and on for each hose. I will always shop Lee Valley first for my gardening tools, because of their great customer service. (I'm still going to try to fix them so they don't leak.)
And thank you to Annie in Austin who gives good advice and shares her gardening knowledge freely in her posts and comments. A while back, I had posted about my hand-digging hoe, and how it was the best thing for removing sod. Annie left a comment that she used a Cape Cod weeder with great success for the same task. So, I bought a Cape Cod weeder similar to this one from Lee Valley, and it is indeed a wonderful tool. I like to use it when I am removing small patches of grass and weeds. I still like the hand digging hoe for the major sod removal chores, but find I am using the Cape Cod weeder a lot, too. Thanks Annie for suggesting I try another tool. I love gardening tools!
I'd like to also thank my younger sister for giving me the passalong Bleeding Heart plant pictured above. It suffered quite a bit in the "winter of April '07", but has made a nice comeback and is blooming again.
And I'd like to thank my youngest sister, too. She doesn't know it yet, but this fall, she'll be giving me a start of her yellow irises, blooming now in her garden!
Thanks to all!