Coastal and Tropical South
Easy and Elegant Rose Design
Ellen Spector Platt has a way with flowers, and she'll convince you that you can, too. Best known for her elegant dried designs, she takes you step-by-step through a variety of innovative ways to use roses for decorating and celebrating. Her new book, Easy and Elegant Rose Design (Fulcrum Books, 2004; $19.95), with excellent photography by Alan Detrick, delivers both clear message and bold inspiration.
Tool or Gardening Product
When a product is endorsed by the American Rose Society, you should pay attention to it. Those folks face serious challenges and are always on the lookout for new and better ways to toughen up their favorite plants. Gardeners from Alaska to Louisiana to New Jersey attest to longer-lasting and more plentiful flowers when using Messenger, a product containing a naturally occurring protein that's sprayed on plants to enhance their natural defense mechanisms and improve growth. It also helps prevent transplant shock in shrubs. For more information, visit the Eden Bioscience Web site: http://www.edenbio.com.