May, 2007
Regional Report

Web Finds

Bailey Nurseries
This Bailey Nurseries image library of trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, evergreens, roses, and fruits is helpful for the basics. Looking for a deciduous tree that's 12 feet tall? Select "Tree," "Height," type in "12." A list comes up with trees 12 feet at maturity. Want a shrub with red fall foliage? Choose "Shrub," "Fall Foliage," then type in "red" to see their recommendations. Plant descriptions include botanical name; common name; a small photo; descriptive text about form, fruit, flowers; height; spread; shape; foliage color; exposure; zone. One component I'd find helpful that's missing is a photo of the entire plant at maturity.

Tool or Gardening Product

Long-handle Korean Cultivator
I'm pleasantly surprised at how well this curved hoe with a 5-foot handle adapts to edging, weeding, cultivating, mounding, making a seed trough, and more. It's the handy Korean hand cultivator with a 7-inch steel blade that's curved and pointed like a plow blade and set on a long wooden handle. Great for those of us who prefer to do more gardening while standing rather than stooping or squatting. It costs about $32.95.

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