Mid-Atlantic

September, 2012
Regional Report

Tool or Gardening Product

Corona Long Reach Pruner
I like pruning tools. This lightweight, 72" long reach, ropeless pruner is my latest favorite for cutting back tall privet and climbing roses. Its rotating blade makes easy reaching for tall shrubs, short trees, tall roses. There are two cutting positions -- Powerglide grip on the pole and bottom grip. Blade cuts up to 1 1/4 inch diameter branches. This Corona TP 3206 is available online for $41.14.

Favorite or New Plant

'Berry Basket' Zinnias
Cut-and-come-again zinnias are the best!Clip and enjoy a fresh bouquet every few days. Cut each colorful flower just above the next buds ready to pop. In late spring, I sowed small patches of zinnia seeds throughout my veggie garden. The composite flowers attract beneficial insects and pollinators. 'Berry Basket's raspberry, grape, rose pink, and violet flowers on multi-branched, 3 1/2 foot tall plants are beautiful and thriving. No sign of mildew!

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