February 13, 2011

Maine Gardener: Looking for a new blueberry? Think pink

By Tom Atwell tatwell@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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"Pink Lemonade" blueberry is "creating quite a stir among backyard gardeners," according to the White Flower Farm catalog.

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Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Winslow says the Defiant PhR (F1) tomato has a high resistance to late blight and intermediate resistance to early blight.

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Some flower introductions include a bicolor "Royal Flush" sunflower, nasturtium "Buttercream," and zinnias "Bling Bling" and "Little Lion."

Since I keep trying new things in the vegetable garden, we keep running out of space. That means we should go higher.

Gardener's Edge -- which is the backyard gardener's catalog for A.M. Leonard Tools -- has a spiral veggie cage that can go up to 7 feet tall. We have been using 3-foot-tall metal cages for our tomatoes and a 4-foot-tall roll-up fence for our peas. That isn't enough height for the sugar snap peas and some of the taller-growing tomatoes, so I jumped on this.

The price is $9.99 for one, but it goes below $8 each if you order three, so we did. I'll test them, and if it works out, we will order more for next year.

We also ordered Amsonia hubrichtii (Arkansas narrow leaf blue star), the Perennial Plant Association plant of the year, from Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina. It sounds interesting, and when it was announced as the PPA winner, I had not seen it in any local catalogs. Plant Delights has a wittily-written catalog with interesting plants, but the prices are higher than most, and owner Tony Avent seems to exaggerate a bit on plant hardiness. But he has support on this one, so we splurged. 

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