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July 2011 Picks for the Gardener

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: July, 2011, Page 96


IRON CLAD

Long ago, this antique wrought-iron panel from France most likely was used as fencing; today it could be repurposed as a bench back, decorative wall art, fire screen or architectural detail. The one-of-a-kind piece, as well as other iron panels in a variety of styles, can be found at Relics Architectural Home & Garden, Phoenix, relicsaz.com.

VASE VALUEWith their graceful openings and coiled construction, these pretty bud vases from At West End can be used to hold single blooms, or serve as statement-makers sans the flowers. Sold as a set of three (as pictured), the glazed ceramic vessels are 8"H and 5" in diameter. They can be found at atwestend.com.
YUMMY!Gardeners and cooks alike can have their cake and eat it too with Plantable Yummy Cards. Packaged in a set of six, each greeting card is embedded with a different herb seed and contains a recipe for a dish using the corresponding herb. The card, which is handmade from post-consumer material, can be planted in a pot and grown. Find the card sets at botanicalpaperworks.com.
MAKING THE CUTKnowing which branches or leaves to trim may be more complicated than it seems. Help solve your pruning problems with The Pruning Answer Book: Solutions to Every Problem You’ll Ever Face; Answers to Every Question You’ll Ever Ask (Storey Publishing). Authors and garden enthusiasts Lewis Hill and Penelope O’Sullivan offer suggestions for cutting, transplanting and rejuvenating vegetation.

Pruning typically is done to leaves and branches, but Hill and O’Sullivan point out that trimming should extend all the way down to the roots. The book also includes images and explanations on how to prune properly, and information tables with maintenance tips for various plants. —LeeAnn DiSanti

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