It's the Trunk Organizer for plants. It expands to one, two, three or four compartments. Each measures about 12 inches square by 12 inches high. Forty-eight inches long when fully expanded, it folds away neatly with wraparound Velcro strap. Made from durable wipe-clean material, it will hold plants (and the soil they drop) in the car or at home.
Design Within Reach, a great catalog and Web site, usually focuses on modern furniture and household items. But this month, they are promoting an electric lawn mower. The Neuton Battery-Powered Mower is a smart alternative to loud, gas-guzzling machines that are difficult to start. It runs on a rechargeable battery, and in place of a pull cord, this mower starts by turning a safety knob and squeezing the handlebar.
When the handlebar is released, the blade stops spinning. The Neuton Mower produces no emissions, and the 24-volt battery gives you enough juice to mow for 45 to 60 minutes, or approximately a third of an acre per charge.
According to the Web site, the EPA estimates that out of the 800 million gallons of gas used to fuel lawn mowers in the U.S. every year, about 17 million gallons are spilled, which can contaminate ground water. That is enough to make you consider spending $500 on this alternative mower.
One last really cool item that came across my desk: a living wreath. These are beautiful! Since my pal Julie hates silk flowers, I'm always very mindful of my front-door décor. Usually I do dried flowers or something like that, but I'm ordering one of these forms from Kinsman Co. (www.kinsmangarden.com).
"Clip-together design makes it easy and quick to create living wreaths to decorate doors, walls, fences and table tops. Use succulents, ivies, small annuals and herbs to make strikingly unusual floral decorations," the Web site explains. The kit comes in several sizes, and the metal forms have a liner that keeps the soil and roots in the wreath.
Making a difference
There's a group of ladies in Williamson who are making a difference in their town - and they should be thanked and saluted. The garden club of Williamson is planting and caring for beds throughout the town, and all of these bright little pockets of flowers and greenery are welcoming to visitors and appreciated by everyone in the town.
Sara Busse is a Charleston resident and master gardener. She may be contacted at sjbu...@gmail.com.