New England

October, 2011
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Ice Follies Daffodil
There are so many different daffodil cultivars to choose from, it can be overwhelming at times. I look through bulb catalogs and think --"I want them all!" But if I had to choose just one, I would go with 'Ice Follies'. An early to midspring bloomer, the creamy white petals of its large blossoms surround bright yellow cups on 16-18 inch stems. Its soft colors blend beautifully with all other spring flowers. A great perennializer, it thrives happily for years in the garden. It is also reputed to be a good forcer if you can't wait until spring to see its lovely blossoms.

Clever Gardening Technique

Erect Stakes for Winter Screening
If you plan on protecting vulnerable evergreens from winter sun and wind injury with burlap screening, be sure to erect the stakes to which you'll attach the fabric before the ground freezes, even if you won't be actually putting up the screening just yet. Yes, this is the voice of experience. It is very hard to pound stakes into frozen ground!

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