Upper South

August, 2007
Regional Report

Books

Cooking Vegetables
Looking for ways to use all that extra zucchini? How about Dark Chocolate-Zucchini Bundt Cake? Finally gotten fennel to grow, but can't find recipes to use it? Andrea Chesman's The Garden-Fresh Vegetable Cookbook (Storey Publishing, 2005; $24.95) has over 500 pages of recipes, divided by seasons, plus informative tips on growing and cooking a wide variety of vegetables. Besides all the individual recipes, Chesman also has fourteen Master Recipes in which different vegetables can be substituted, depending upon what's on hand. Sidebars on history, anecdotes, and personal accounts make this book a wonderful "sit-down read" as well.

Favorite or New Plant

Home Run Rose
Although shrub roses have been around for years, 'Knock Out' raised the public awareness of this easily grown group of roses. Now there are any number of variations on a theme. Among them, 'Home Run' has made a strong, positive impression. For one thing, I love the deep, flame-red, five-petaled flowers that come in wave after wave all summer long, set against dark, shiny foliage. For another, 'Home Run' is resistant to both black spot and powdery mildew. Best of all this year, the voracious Japanese beetles have almost ignored it, while a nearby 'Sunsprite' has been devoured. Weeks Roses, the wholesale grower and hybridizer that developed 'Home Run', provides history, growing information, and sources at: http://www.home-run-rose.com.

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