Southern Coasts

June, 2004
Regional Report

Web Finds

Tomatoes for Days
If you're a purist and only eat tomatoes fresh or sliced with just a dash of salt and pepper, you won't appreciate this Tomato Recipes site. But if you're always on the lookout for another way to enjoy tomatoes, this site is for you. Set a personal goal for the upcoming harvest season: cook every recipe listed. Dozens of sandwich or wrap ideas, plus classic, fried green tomatoes and plenty of stuffings, too. Easy to read and printable, the page is southern food done right.

Favorite or New Plant

Dwarf Gardenia
Dwarf versions of some shrubs as just midget versions, cute but not as inspiring as their larger forms. A superb exception to this is dwarf gardenia (Gardenia radicans). The small, flattened blossoms smell as sweet, but there the similarity ends. Dwarf gardenia spreads 3 or 4 feet wide on a foot-tall plant. Its evergreen leaves are narrow, pointed, and dark green; the effect is neat and crisp. Use the dwarf in beds along the walk to the front door or put a pair in big pots. Bring the sweet aroma up close anywhere there's half a day of sun.

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