Hose Couture with Dramm’s ColorStorm Line

by Genevieve on June 6, 2012

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Why are most garden hoses so ugly? It’s as though twenty years ago, hose manufacturers decided to pick the most glaringly obvious shade of minty green for all their hoses, and never revisited that decision despite having ample reason to do so. I mean, that hose color is pale enough to show algae stains and mud streaks – yet bright enough to become a major visual element of any garden setting.

Exhibit A: Everyone’s favorite Geranium (‘Rozanne’), flowering merrily away, yet almost upstaged by the very hose that keeps her so happy. Sweet irony.

Geranium 'Rozanne' with Acorus

So when Dramm offered to send one of their ColorStorm hoses my way, and I found out they came in purple, I needed no convincing. Purple! In a hose! SOLD!

I mean, it’s not like we put our hoses away. Even when they’re neatly coiled, they’re still out there as a strong décor element in our landscapes. So why not express yourself and have a little fun by choosing one that fits your style?

If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for your flowers. There is no flower color anything like that minty hose-green, so your plants can’t possibly hold their own against such a flagrant visual attack. But imagine the photo above with a nice “berry”-colored hose, and ‘Rozanne’ would once again take center stage, with a nice supportive backdrop of purple goodness.

Amy Stewart and I talked about the colored hoses and sprinklers here (her chickens helped!):

The ColorStorm hoses from Dramm come in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and PURPLE! And they have matching sprayers, watering wands, and some seriously nifty sprinklers as well, so everything can be color-coordinated. The hoses are also good at a variety of temperatures, and can even be used with hot water up to 160F, in case you want to use it to wash your car.

Want to win one? You know the drill. Leave a comment saying which color you’d choose (you don’t have to get purple), and Dramm has kindly offered to send one lucky winner a ColorStorm hose and One-Touch sprayer of their very own. US only. EDIT: Congrats to Dierdre, the lucky winner!

And for a second chance, head on over to Garden Rant, where Amy Stewart’s giving away a set as well. Down with ugly hoses!

{ 114 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa D. June 6, 2012 at 12:40 am

I would love to win the hose and sprayer in orange in honor of the SF Giants…it will add a nice pop of color in the garden. Thanks!

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Kristin June 6, 2012 at 5:09 am

I would pick red! My mid century “retro” home has all red accents to include the lawn furniture, plant containers and other accessories. This would look great! Thanks for a chance at another giveaway!

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Martha June 6, 2012 at 5:35 am

Purple! My hose leaks and I have to turn off the water to adjust my poor sprayer that on it’s last legs – Hope it’s me..

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Kathy M June 6, 2012 at 6:02 am

Blue! I’d love to get the purple, but my hubby would object ;-) Actually the blue would be perfect with the colors of my house.

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Jim June 6, 2012 at 6:22 am

I would love to try out this hose! I’ll take a blue…Jim

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Kimberly June 6, 2012 at 7:15 am

I’d love red!

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Heather June 6, 2012 at 7:29 am

Oh heck yeah. I am all about the bright canary yellow. Yum!!!!!

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Brian June 6, 2012 at 7:33 am

Blue would suit me

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blair June 6, 2012 at 7:53 am

Can I mix it up? I’d love a purple hose and an orange sprayer! Can’t ever have enough color in the garden.

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Kate June 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

I have a terrible, ugly, cracked, too-short green hose at the moment, and my sprayer is not in much better condition. I’d LOVE a Dramm hose and sprayer in red and orange (Is that ok? mixing colors) because those colors really get me going and make me want to spend the extra hour out there giving my garden the love it deserves.

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Trisha June 6, 2012 at 8:25 am

i could totally use a great hose to rock at the community garden plot. Any color would be great but the red one would be my favorite though.

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ChrissyMN June 6, 2012 at 8:26 am

Hard to decide – but probably the purple one.

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Gmarieb June 6, 2012 at 8:28 am

Everything blue. Thank you for the hose and sprayer.

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David June 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

Pick me!

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BooksInGarden June 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

A purple hose will add wonderful color to my garden. Another hose is always useful as I only water by hand.

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Christy June 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

As a new Master Gardener trying to landscape the yard around our new retirement home, I LOVE the idea of colored hoses to add ‘sparkle’ to the yard! I’d pick ORANGE!

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Dave June 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

Roses are red,
Violets are green,
Our Dramm hoses,
Make our garden a dream.

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Carol June 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

I inherited a mostly lavender garden, but I’m more of an orange kind of gal. Out with the lilac and bluebells, in with the blanket flower and tiger lillies. An orange hose? Does it get any more exciting!

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Steph June 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

If I get picked, I’d choose purple to match my garden gate!

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Nicole June 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

Purple, I think. Or blue, or orange. Clearly I need a rainbow.

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Coco Thorpe June 6, 2012 at 10:34 am

Who could resist purple? I’d love it!

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Kylie June 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

Yellow! What a friendly and bright yellow it is, too! Purple and Green come second and third.

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Tamara June 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

Woo-hoo!!! Why haven’t more people thought of this before? The purple is AWESOME. I want.

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Bria June 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

Ooh, I’d like orange please, to match my orange house!

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Charlotte Owendyk June 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Me too…Blue for me.

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Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life June 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Red!! My favorite color. Thanks for the chance.

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Deirdre June 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Red, definitely red.

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Deb June 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Hey Gen!
I’m here in Mckinleyville =) I’d love to win the purple one, as purple is my color! Thanks for such a great blog — just checked out your review of the Angela’s Garden goodies, and I think I need one of their hats!
happy trails, Deb

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Tanya June 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I love bright blue in the garden!

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Jan June 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Purple for me! Thanks for the chance to win.

Jan

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maggie June 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Since it’s foggy here a lot in the summer, a nice orange hose would look very nice. It would also go with my Carex testacea and Stipa arundinacea, which warm up the summer garden.
Plus, last night I parked my truck on top of my old, old minty green hose and had two flat spots in it this morning.

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Megan June 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Hmm, the front beds are all blue & chartreuse with some orange pops – blue or orange? Blue or orange?

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Barbara June 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

The hose looks great. I’d chose purple, I guess, but any color that doesn’t look like a garter snake would be fine. Thank you!

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Sue Hepner June 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

I always have great fun taking photos of my garden, colorful watering tools would just make it even more fun. Thinking Red would be my choice!

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Carolyn June 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Yellow!

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Lorlee June 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I need to win this hose in purple to match my Easter Egg Lavendar house.

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Joy Giles June 6, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I would love an orange on as I live in Austin, Texas, and orange is a must in this town. Also, quite easy to spot in the year before mowing.

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Amy R June 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I like the purple, too, but I’d like my husband to occasionally pick up the hose – and purple isn’t really his thing. So…orange! But blue is nice, too. Hmmm.

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Maxus June 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I would love to win this awesome looking hose! If i win :) i would like to get the color red!

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Kamille June 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Purple for me too. To match my gardening crocs.

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Carol Lindsay June 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I luv the purple hose – brite and complementary to both flower and herb plants.

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Krista Mitchell June 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I’d LOVE any color but the purple would be fabulous! Maybe my contractor husband wouldn’t take it!! :)

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Debbie June 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Awesome! I’m thinking blue would be nice. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Laura Munoz June 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Any color! Any hose! I’m not picky.

And let me leave you with a childhood rhyme (altered just a bit):

If Moses supposes his hoses are posies
And Moses supposes erroneously,
Then nobody’s hoses are posies or rosies
As Moses supposes his hoses to be.

–Yeah, it’s a bit lame, but it’s the best I can do after a full day of work and a bad case of allergic dermatitis.

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Mary June 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Blue Dramm hose is right at home in my front garden: purple Dramm hose would be right at home in my backyard garden (with a orange sprayer-can’t lose that in the grass!).

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Michelle June 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Purple for sure! Thanks!!

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Heather June 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Hmmm, probably blue, but maybe orange.

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Jasmine June 7, 2012 at 2:10 am

My husband and I graduated from a condo to a town home back in December, and we have yet to get a garden hose! I think it’s time to graduate from galvanized watering cans. I’ve always been a purple girl.

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Mickie Flores June 7, 2012 at 3:11 am

RED. Because I live in Maine and RED goes with GRAY.

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dave June 7, 2012 at 3:46 am

Yellow, as in Big Bird’s feathers sounds good.

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Jessica June 7, 2012 at 3:57 am

Blue would be be just lovely! What a fun idea. I saw matching bright colored trellises at the nursery yesterday.

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Suze June 7, 2012 at 5:41 am

I’m with Blair who asked if we could mix the colors up. The purple hose is lovely, but an orange sprayer would make me very happy! (If no mixing is allowed, I’ll take orange in both.) Thanks!

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Laura June 7, 2012 at 6:20 am

Yellow would be perfect.

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Jen. June 7, 2012 at 6:37 am

Purple. Just on general principles…

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Colleen June 7, 2012 at 6:55 am

And they don’t know why more of us 30 somethings don’t garden!! I’d adore a purple hose and since I water by hand it would help a great deal! I think it would just make me happy to look at it!! Thanks!

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Anne At Large June 7, 2012 at 7:22 am

I love the blue! I love that the purple exists, but not for me. The blue is a lovely shade.

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Aaron Barr June 7, 2012 at 7:49 am

Red. No… yellow. Umm… orange? Yep, definitely orange. Orange is the way to go!

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Thad June 7, 2012 at 7:49 am

Both in green, please.

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TP June 7, 2012 at 7:51 am

Yellow, yeah, definitely, yellow.

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a8ala June 7, 2012 at 8:02 am

Purple for me too.

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Fred Karp June 7, 2012 at 8:03 am

My late beloved pale green hose came from K-Mart. I was pondering which to buy, and a fellow shopper convinced me by exclaiming, “But it’s Martha!” Martha Stewart trumps.

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Jen June 7, 2012 at 8:11 am

Ohhh, I like them all – blue matches my new old chairs though. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Liza June 7, 2012 at 8:14 am

I love my DRAMM sprayer! This would be a festive – and hardy – complement! Probably in PURPLE!

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watertowergirl June 7, 2012 at 9:01 am

Purple for sure. It would look super with my yellow flowers.

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Tyler June 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

I think orange is the color for this young chap. That is if you choose me.

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Chris Alkire June 7, 2012 at 11:20 am

Mariner Blue! Hooray for pretty hoses.

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KARENGREER June 7, 2012 at 11:46 am

Oh my GOSH-please take me from DRAB to DRAMM!!!! I would adore the purple, it would tie in with my hanging baskets with purple wave petunias and yellow pansies Kinda Regal AND Playful Jester and Queen if you will.

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Rick F June 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

Any color would be nice!

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Terry June 7, 2012 at 11:49 am

I think orange would be lovely. SO much better than the ugly hose I have now.

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Stacey June 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

I want any color!

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Megan June 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I would love to be able to color code my hoses! I think I would go with orange for the backyard–we would never run over a hose with the lawnmower again!

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Jim June 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm

A blue hose would be great. It would contrast with the yellow of the house, and make me think it was a bit cooler than the 105 degrees it is currently outside, in Phoenix.

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elizabeth June 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm

any color would be wonderful, but I do like purple a lot.

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Jenny Patterson June 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Who would have thunk…….purple hoses! I love it!

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A. Marina Fournier June 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Start *wearing* purple, as well as using it!
Save for one, our entire tribal-style bellydance troupe adores purple, in any shade. Start Wearing Purple, by a heavily accented Gogal Bordello, is a song we dance to often. Four of his versions on YouTube–give a sample a listen.

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Rachael June 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Red!

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Lindsay June 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I love the orange one! Perhaps it’s brightness will remind me not to leave it out over the winter only to be ruined by the elements. Or, was that because I was 8 months pregnant and couldn’t muster the energy to bend down to pick up the old black one?

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theresa June 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Perfect timing, I was just online today looking at watering wands AND hoses… would LOVE the blue set!! Thank you!

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Sandra June 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Oh, that red or orange is calling my name. Probably the red, as my house is grey…great complement! Thank you!

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Evelyn Vincent June 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Blue. That’s a tough one :)

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Cindy Hollett June 8, 2012 at 2:54 am

If I had a purple hose, Maybe the guys at work would be less inclined to walk off with it… love purple!

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Laura Dodd June 8, 2012 at 7:10 am

Columbine nods head
Demure greeting to new sight
Berry-tinged Dramm hose

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Pam M June 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

I would definitely choose the orange.

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oukay June 8, 2012 at 9:24 am

I would love to have a purple hose! It would go with the accent color on our house!!

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Barbara Novak June 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

This is a very difficult choice. Blue, I just saw my first blueberry turn today.Hubby says green. Red to match the bee balm. But the yellow is so cheery. Orange would be good in the fall. Purple it is!

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Mimi Hicks June 9, 2012 at 6:26 am

I would define choose the purple. It is so cool.

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dheckert (Scholar's Garden) June 9, 2012 at 6:57 am

I would LOVE a yellow one – it would look fantastic down among the veggies in my allotment plot!

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Nell Jean June 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

An orange sprayer would look great sprinkling tithonia that is about to bloom in my front garden.

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Pam T. June 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

Oh, but purple it must be!

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Kelly O'Keefe June 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

I’d love to win a purple hose! Thanks!

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john June 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Blue!

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Skyler Walker June 10, 2012 at 12:42 am

I am now obsessed with acquiring such a fine purple hose!

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commonweeder June 10, 2012 at 6:48 am

so many beautiful colors. However, yellow is bright – and will be visible enough not to be run over by the mower. Not that we are ever that careless.

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Amanda June 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Purple for me! :)

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WendyK June 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Purple all the way! I just painted a cafe set in my garden purple and it’s fabulous. I clearly need more purple in the garden. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Touia June 10, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Ooo, I would love to have a Purple one! or a bright Yellow one! I wouldn’t be picky though since my hoses are so leaky that I put part of it down in a 5 gal bucket while I’m watering my plants and then use the bucket of water to take to my chickens, better than wasting it huh. :)

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Robin June 11, 2012 at 3:27 am

I would choose blue. I’d use it in the vegetable garden where these isn’t anything blue growing.

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Michael June 11, 2012 at 6:12 am

I think green.

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Autumn June 11, 2012 at 7:32 am

Thinking I could use an orange hose to replace the hand-me-down hoses inherited with the house purchase, seeing as how they are a kinky, leaky mess…

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Deliamo June 11, 2012 at 10:12 am

ooh, the purple would compliment the green in my lawn so lovely!

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Laura Bell June 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

Pick me! Pick me! I’d love a blue hose & sprayer. Easier to keep track of in my gardens & more cheerful than the sort-of-drab green I currently use. And isn’t blue the most appropriate for watering chores ?

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jess s June 11, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I think I’d choose Orange. I have a teenager who helps with yardwork, and maybe the orange would serve as a “caution, do not run over this with the mower!”

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jess s June 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I love the orange and yellow ones — a great way for hoses to protect themselves (from weed wackers and mowers) in my dangerous yard.

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Catherine June 11, 2012 at 1:56 pm

No, don’t have to pick purple, but hey, it’s my favorite color! Love it.

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Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles June 11, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Who wouldn’t pick purple? It goes so well with green!

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Kelly June 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I love all the colors! Blue would go best with my house though.

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marilyn wulff June 12, 2012 at 3:49 am

what a great rainbow of colors! For my garden I would pick purple.

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Ed Remsrola June 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm

No way! I don’t care how good you make that hose look, I am not changing now! I absolutely love the Tuff-Gaurd hose you promoted a couple months ago. :^)

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Genevieve June 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

I love those too! I keep pestering them to make a 75′ purple one! :)

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Susan June 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Berry purple of course. will match my purple painted old metal ice cream shop chairs

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shelley June 13, 2012 at 7:51 am

Purple…no contest!

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Carolyn Furman June 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

Is it too late?! I love the purple, but blue or yellow or red would be…well, anything but green if you know what I mean. Just seeing a different color would be a pleasant little jolt every time I saw it. Wow, a hose of a different color!
Carolyn, another northcoast gardener

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Sara June 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

That’s great! It’s true that this minty green color is awful, and it doesn’t blend naturally in the garden at all! I would love a purple one too :) I’ll consider ordering one!
Thank you !

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Rebecca June 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I’d love any of the colors! I need some new hoses, and these would be MUCH appreciated! My gardens are dry this year in South Dakota!

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