If you like the roses, but not the thorns, try a pair of these goatskin leather "Rose Tenders" gloves from Wells Lamont. A seven-inch gauntlet will protect you from scratches whether you're pruning or doing general cleanup chores. From amazon.com, they're $13 (http://www.amazon.com/Wells-Lamont-1127M-Womens-Leather/dp/B004GI5ESK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1301950088&sr=8-2).
Wells Lamont also makes regular gardening gloves with a shorter gauntlet. They cost a little more than the cloth kind you throw in your cart every year at the discount store, but they're worth it because they last longer -- the palm and thumb and forefinger parts are made of heavy duty suede cowhide. I use them for digging and planting.
If, like me, you can't remember which goo was best at making your hydrangeas bloom blue or what year you cut the lilacs back within an inch of their lives, the new Plant Jotter might be for you. In this web-based app helps you create a personalized website where you can keep all your gardening stuff -- calendars, wish and to-do lists, photos -- in one place year after year. You don't have to download anything or use any software, and your stuff is stored and backed up for an annual subscription fee of $21 per year. Click this link to sign up for a 30-day free trial: https://www.plantjotter.com/signup.