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favor-“ette”: foxgloves

If you’ve not yet run out to get the materials for your hanging herb garden, add these to your list:

foxgloves gardening gloves

images courtesy of Foxgloves

I’ve been seriously gardening for over 15 years. And for many of those early years I did so without gloves. I could never find a pair I liked – they were either too thick and bulky, too warm, or too ugly.

My poor hands – they took such a beating each season.

And then a friend gave me a gift of Foxgloves and I’ve worn nothing else since. They are simply the best gardening gloves I’ve ever worn and I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Foxgloves are the creation of Harriet Zbikowski, a landscape architect right here in New York. The design is based on a 1950’s dress glove that Harriet found in a thrift store, fabricated to withstand the rigors of most gardening chores.

The material is the perfect weight for pretty much every gardening task – thin enough to give your fingers complete versatility, yet thick enough to keep hands and nails clean (without overheating). They also have a UPF rating of 50+.

Foxgloves are of superior quality, and mine hold up for years before needing to be replaced – enduring repeated wear and washing.

And I can’t deny that I love the fashionable range of colors too…

Note: I own the “Original” Foxgloves – their most basic style. They’re water resistant but not waterproof, so your hands will get wet if you’re working in very damp soil (this doesn’t bother me personally). They’re also not appropriate for protection against sharp thorns and branches. You’ll want to check out their other styles if you need something more heavy duty.

Even if you don’t garden you’ll want to keep these in mind for a gardener you know – she will love you for such a thoughtful, chic and practical gift (add this to make her love you even more)!

2 Comments

  1. Harriet on August 16, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Sheri,
    Thanks for the lovely review. I’m so glad you are enjoying your gloves. For some reason I didn’t notice it until today. May I share it with facebook friends?
    I enjoyed checking out the rest of your blog as well, you certainly are busy!
    Also, we are running an overstock sale on Periwinkle and Moss Grip gloves, Periwinkle Elle Grip gloves and Periwinkle, Celery, Natural and Tan hats – 25% off! use code SEL13 at checkout.

    • sherisilver on August 16, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      My pleasure Harriet – I really am a huge fan! Of course you can share it; thank you! And thanks for the heads up on the overstock sale – I will share it away! 🙂

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