Clips and Comments
For anyone who's ever despaired of a bare table when garden flowers are few or shoddy, take heart. If you've ever clipped the seedpods from a golden raintree or left a hydrangea flower to dry for cutting, you'll understand the inspiration for Fresh Cuts, by Edwina von Gal (Artisan Books, 1997; $18.95). The paperback edition of this 1997 book is just out, and as Ken Druse said in his foreword to the first edition, it's "not made of fresh flowers, but of fresh ideas."
Favorite or New Plant
Agapanthus 'Snow Storm'
Agapanthus 'Snow Storm' is a real showoff in the summer garden. Accustomed to tall, blue lilies of the nile, this smaller, clear white variety got my attention with its neat, clumping habit. Then the flower spikes shot up and opened into perfect, pearly white pinwheels. Well-drained soil is a must; grow this storm where bearded iris follow daffodils for another season of color.