Lower South

February, 2012
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

'Climbing Pinkie' Rose
When it comes to climbing roses, the cultivar 'Climbing Pinkie' stands out as one of the best. It can be trained to a trellis or allowed so sprawl outward as a cascading shrub. Its canes are almost thornless, making it easier to handle. A profusion of fragrant, semi-double, rose pink blooms appears repeatedly throughout the growing season. Selected as an EarthKind rose by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, 'Climbing Pinkie' is resistant to the diseases that often plague roses.

Clever Gardening Technique

Fast and Easy Way to Sterilize Pruning Tools
Dip your hand pruners and loppers in isopropyl rubbing alcohol between plants to avoid spreading cankers or other branch diseases. Alcohol works well and won't rust the metal parts like bleach water will. A pint bottle can be purchased for about a dollar. Cut the top off a couple of inches below the cap to create a large opening that makes it easy to dip the cutting blades of hand pruners and loppers.

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