Western Mountains and High Plains
Italian Recipes from the Garden
Here's a fun read that takes you from the garden to the table with Italian flavors. In My Italian Garden (Broadway Books, $19.95, 2007), Viana La Place shares easy-to-make dishes with the gardener in mind. Follow the four seasons with colorful watercolors, a bit of poetry, and more than 125 seasonal recipes that are easy to make with a minimum of work and ingredients. It just might spark your creativity to cook up some homemade Italian dishes.
Favorite or New Plant
Among ground cover perennials that flower, creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) is a favorite and very dependable. These plants will grow and develop into a fine evergreen ground cover with masses of lavender, pink, white, or blue flowers in late April through June. They are extremely hardy in our region and if they are damaged by severe winter weather, you can rejuvenate them with a hard pruning. They grow best in well-drained soils amended with a generous supply of compost. Avoid overwatering as these plants perform best in soils that dry out between waterings. Once they're finished blooming, cut off faded flowers with a hedge shears. The plant will re-grow fresh new foliage and stay attractive throughout the year.