Product Review: THE POCKET HOSE

I didn’t have a garden hose. It’s one of those items that you sell at a yard sale before moving and I think that’s what we did when we moved almost three years ago. I needed a hose and The Pocket Hose  was sent to me for review.

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Many of you may have seen The Pocket Hose commercial. Their tag line is “The Hose That Grows.” And it’s true. It grows when the water is turned on.

The accordion-like outer material magically grows under water pressure. When the water is turned off, it shrinks back.

When I receive a product to test, I like to use the product for a month or two before I can effectively write an honest review about my product experience.

I have been using The Pocket Hose for two months. Everything that the company claims on their website and commercial is true. That’s a good thing! Here’s a link to their website: Click Here! 

The four major features that I like most about The Pocket Hose are: 1) It’s lightweight 2) It DOESN’T KINK 3) It doesn’t coil up, twist and knot. 4) Since it shrinks, it’s easy to store and keep tidy.

I was sent the 25′ Pocket Hose which I use everyday. I keep it stored in the corner of the patio hanging on the outdoor faucet.

At 25 feet, it’s not long enough to reach my garden but no need to despair. The Pocket Hose is available in 50, 75 and 100 feet.

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The only feature that I don’t like is how the brass nozzle sprays or streams water. The mist setting is not light enough to mist my plants and the stream setting isn’t a wide enough stream for washing the car (when I aim the skinny stream of water at my car, the water splatters on me). I can’t adjust it.

However, The Pocket Hose sells a nozzle/sprayer separately. It’s called the Mighty Blaster Nozzle for $9.99. I have not used it but I’m going to buy it.

I would purchase The Pocket Hose for myself. As a matter of fact, I think I’m going to purchase the 100′ hose to reach my garden and for washing my car.

The Pocket Hose also makes a great gift for homeowners and gardeners. Most people only have one garden hose but have 2 or 3 outdoor faucets, so getting an extra hose as a gift will definitely come in handy for just about anyone.

Prices:

25′-$19.99

50′-$29.99

75′-$39.99

100′-$49.99

Nozzle-$9.99

S&H-$7.99 for any size hose and spray nozzle.

Other than receiving The Pocket Hose for review which has a retail value of $19.99, I was NOT compensated for writing this product review. I’m also not obligated to write the review. I write reviews about products I like and would purchase myself. 

 

This Morning

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At 7am this morning, I took a peek at my zucchini plant with two flowers  open.

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I believe this is a male flower which can be pan-fried and stuffed with ricotta and herbs (or just pan-fried sans the cheese). I found the following two delicious-sounding recipes on food blogs. Click here for a ricotta recipe. For a recipe stuffed with goat cheese, click here. I can’t wait to try these recipes myself. (Thanks to my blog follower in New Zealand for the cooking tip.)

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This black beauty zucchini plant I started from seed; I planted five and gave the others away.

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This is one of my dinner plate dahlias from Longfield Gardens in NJ.

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I planted quite a few dahlias. However, next year I’ll plant them in rows in the backyard where there’s a lot of space for a dahlia garden.

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I also have three green, yellow and red pepper plants.

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Here are my four tomato plants. On the left I have two Better Boy plants and on the right I have two Beefsteak plants.

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Here’s another pepper plant. It has many little flowers but not showing any peppers yet.

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I also have an Early Girl tomato plant which yields fruit 50 days after planting.

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I have two tomato plants in containers bearing a lot of fruit. I have forgotten the variety.

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Next to the house, on the west side, I also planted many Gladiolus and lily bulbs (also from Longfield Gardens). I can’t wait for the heady-scented lilies to bloom.

John rescued the crane garden statue several years ago. Someone in Princeton was moving and throwing it out. Can you imagine throwing this out? It’s actually quite heavy and doubles as a door stopper during the winter.

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The lily on the right is growing quickly. To the left is one of my many sunflowers that I grew from seed. Chipmunks and rabbits enjoyed snapping many of my sunflower stems when they were about 3″ tall.

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Nothing like early morning sun…

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This lily emerged during the night.

 

I’ll Be Teaching a Hand-tied Bouquet Flower Design Workshop in Berwyn, PA on August 9, 2016

In August, I’ll be teaching a hand-tied bouquet flower design workshop in Berwyn, PA. The workshop will be 2 1/2 hours and include fresh flowers, floral tape and a container.

Hand-tied bouquets are popular wedding bouquets but they’re also designed for low and lush table centerpieces. They’re my favorite design because they don’t fall apart and they’re easy to transport in a car. If you entertain a lot, I’ll teach you how to create a garden-style centerpiece to wow your guests. And if you’re a bride who would like to learn how to design a DIY bridal bouquet, I’ll show you how in this workshop.

I’ll teach the basic skills, elements & principles in creating a hand-tied bouquet/centerpiece. By the end of the workshop, you’ll know how to create a hand-tied bouquet. Afterwards, the sky’s the limit as to what you can create using seasonal flowers bought at the market and flowers from your own garden

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In this photo, hydrangea, roses and pink stock are ideal flowers for a garden style-bouquet. I’ll be using these flowers along with others in the workshop. All three flowers are available year round from a local market. The same florist wholesaler where florists purchase wedding flowers also provides flowers to the local Wegmans grocery stores. If you need a lot of hydrangeas for a DIY wedding, Wegmans will order them for you.

When I took this photo, I had just returned from the wholesaler, unpacked them from the box, cut the stems and plunked them in a bucket of water treated with floral food. This is conditioning time for the flowers before they’re arranged. I’ll include conditioning tips and tricks in the workshop. For wedding flowers, it’s all about timing. You’ll want your roses fully open on  the wedding day.

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After the flowers were conditioned, I arranged this basic, yet timeless and beautiful hand-tied bouquet. I incorporated a few ivy vines to make the bouquet sing. Just a touch of greenery added to lush flowers lends a just-picked-from-the-garden feel to the bouquet. You can add berry branches, curly willow or ornamental grass, all of which adds interest and texture to a bouquet.

With this hand-tied bouquet, wrap the stems in double satin ribbon and stud  with pins, and voila, you’ll have a bride’s or bridesmaid’s bouquet.

Cut the stems to place in a low or tall vase or container and you’ll have a centerpiece for a dining table, entryway or coffee table.

I  looped aspidistra leaves around the bouquet, chose a 5″ whitewashed wood square container for my garden-style design. A hand-tied bouquet is easy to water. Since the bouquet is bound in tape, just lift it out, change the water (daily), recut the stems and place back in the vessel. The bouquet will last six days sprayed with Crowning Glory. Sometimes my roses last ten days with proper conditioning.

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If you’re interested in taking the Hand-tied Bouquet workshop or have questions, please email me at suefogwell@gmail.com

Date: August 9, 2016

Time: 1:00 to 2:30PM

Cost: $65.00 per person

Please bring clippers to class. Bottled water and cookies will be provided.

Each student will take home a floral bouquet with a retail value of $80.00.

Class size is limited to 12 students.

For beginners and all skill levels.

I accept credit cards or check for the workshop.

My website is www.cherchezfleur.com

 

 

My Vegetables

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Last week, I spied my first baby Black Beauty zucchini on my biggest squash plant. As long as the bees keep visiting, we’ll have plenty of zucchini to grill on the BBQ this summer.

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I have tomatoes in containers that require watering twice daily.

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I have two Better Boy tomato plants and two Beefsteak tomato plants in the garden on the west side of the house which gets full sun throughout the day. We’ll have plenty of tomatoes this season for the two of us and to give away.

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Spying on a zucchini plant is fascinating. In the early morning, when it’s cool outside, the showy blooms are fully open; they look similar to a hibiscus flower but bigger.

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I took this photo last night of one of my Better Boy plants. What perfection!

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And this is my gorgeous and thriving zucchini plant (as of last night). My other zucchini plants I grew from seed and they’re in the process of catching up to this size. They were extremely easy to grow from seed. In fact, I had so many that I gave a few to our mason and a couple to Joe who helped us with the siding and vaulted ceiling drywall.