New England

April, 2006
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Use Branches in Bouquets
Add twigs from trees and shrubs with attractive foliage or branch form in cut flower bouquets. Red-twig dogwood stems, cut in spring before they leaf out, make a dramatic arrangement when used by themselves or with forced forsythia branches. Ditto for curly willow. Come summer, purple-leaved smoketree stems are a beautiful addition to zinnia or sunflower bouquets. Use care when taking cuttings to avoid distorting the tree's form.

Web Finds

Training and Pruning Fruit Trees
To learn more about pruning specific types of fruit trees, including different apple varieties, visit this Training and Pruning Fruit Trees site from Purdue University. The text is detailed and the illustrations and photos are helpful.

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