New England

September, 2005
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Silver Brunnera
For creating a glow in shady nooks, the Brunneras offer some beautiful choices. 'Jack Frost' has 6-inch, heart-shaped, silvery leaves with green veins. The markings even show up from far away. Early spring flowers are just an added bonus. A sport of this variety, 'Looking Glass' has a bolder silver color and more flowers, but the veins aren't as distinctive.

Both are adaptable to sun or partial shade and fertile, humusy soil that's well drained. They grow about 12 inches high and twice as wide.

Web Finds

Worm Digest
Whether you're thinking about trying worm composting at home or taking a bigger step into the vermicomposting business, Worm Digest is a good place to start. The site has a quarterly magazine, downloadable books, a Worm Forum where you can get questions answered, as well as bins and other products.

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