This set of three crackling mercury glass spheres of graduated size hold an illuminating surprise—LED lights! Powered by an interior solar panel, these glass globes will glow with all the cheer of the holiday season without any need for a power source, making them not only charming but also energy efficient and eco-friendly. Hang them anywhere for a beautiful display.
• Set of 3 mercury glass solar balls • Contain LED lights • Solar-powered • Graduated in size • Hang anywhere for a beautiful display
Available Colors Gold Red Silver
Size L 8" dia. x 16"H M 6" dia. x 12"H S 4-1/2" dia. x 10"H
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Comments about Product: Like the mechanical set up of the solar cap and rubber seal on the glass globe. Straightforward mini lights on string inside. haven't been able to use to determine the thoroughness of the charging and the length of running time. I like the lighting with the gold color and the spatter effect of the silver wash inside the glass. sturdy hanger for the glass globes.
Comments about Product: We placed these balls in a tree in our front yard. The first night, they were beautifully lit, but ever since, they have not recharged well. After darkness falls, the lights are dim and go out after only 2 hours, even on a sunny day. I'm going to try replacing the rechargeable batteries, but I think the problem is the solar array. Maybe there just isn't enough sun in a Midwestern winter day for this type of solar product. The balls are pretty enough in the daytime to keep them up for the holiday season, but I'm pretty disappointed in the lighting problem at night, especially given the price. I would not buy this product again.
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The Olla: A Brief History
Olla (Spanish, pronounced “oh-ya”) jars have been around since ancient times. Made of unglazed ceramic, ollas traditionally have short, narrow necks with wider bodies, and are made in a variety of shapes. They have been used for thousands of years for cooking, storage, and plant irrigation.
When used to irrigate plants, an olla is buried neck-deep in the ground near a plant’s roots, with the opening of the olla extended above the soil so that it can be filled with water periodically. The porous walls of the unglazed pottery allow the water to seep through gradually, constantly and consistently hydrating the plants without overwatering them – and without wasting precious water to evaporation or runoff.
The use of ollas for irrigation was introduced to the American Southwest by Spanish conquistadors during Colonial times, becoming very common among Native American tribes and Hispanic settlers. Though the technique gave way to more modern methods of irrigation some time ago, its superior efficiency, coupled with its simplicity, has caused it to make a comeback. Though the technique has changed little since its introduction, today’s ollas are usually capped off, making them even more water-efficient.
Perfect for home gardens, Ollas are a super-easy, eco-friendly, less time-consuming way to water annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and plants of all kinds in dry, sandy soil, very hot or drought-prone areas, raised beds, and even pots, planters and hanging baskets. Fill the olla before you leave on a short vacation to enjoy worry-free watering – and a smaller water bill!