Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2011
Regional Report

Books

Herbs
In Herbs and Spices (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011), author Linda Gray shares planting tips, storage techniques, and uses for common garden herbs. She even has a section on how to plant and harvest your own saffron! She even explains the difference between herbs and spices; it is simply which part of the plant that is used. The leaves and flowers of plants are usually regarded as herbs, while the seeds, roots, stigmas, and bark are considered spices. The book is illustrated and has useful tips for propagation, uses for the various herbs, and even a few recipes.

Favorite or New Plant

David Austin Roses
In Spring 2012, American rose lovers can look forward to two delightful new David Austin English roses available by mail order from www.davidaustinroses.com. The two cultivars are 'Princess Anne', a cerise pink, fully double rose from a new line of David Austin breeding, and 'Skylark', a lilac-pink, semi-double rose. These old fashioned roses have a particularly pretty flower form and strong garden vigor and health. They also have something other hybrids are lacking; fragrance. 'Princess Anne' forms a compact, bushy, upright shrub with highly polished, remarkably disease-resistant foliage. Its mature size is approximately 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide, making it an ideal rose for borders or a great choice for hedging and pots. 'Skylark' has semi-double flowers with open cups and prominent stamens. The color is deep pink at first, later paling slightly to lilac-pink with a small white center. There is a lovely tea fragrance with hints of fruity apple and clove, giving the unexpected overall impression of apple pie!

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