"We have two very nice boxwoods. Those have a spicy odor, which I associate with my first home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. When it is very warm, the spicy odor is very present. When I smell our little boxwoods, I get a bit homesick for the coastal area where I began my work as a minister. At that place the two large boxwoods bore the name of a former, beloved minister and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Bowman.
"Our Crepe Myrtles bear the names Mr. and Mrs. Posey. So there. No smells, though.
Alas, I have a rather brown thumb."
Somehow I doubt that!
Taking care of a glass vase
The antiques experts at Kovel's have this suggestion, which is helpful as I'm bringing in lots of cut flowers at this time of year.
"When you arrange flowers in a glass vase, do not allow the water to evaporate. It will leave a white residue that may be impossible to remove. It might also leave a colored stain."
Late blight outbreak
The Kanawha County Master Gardener newsletter sends along this bit of information:
"Potato and tomato plants in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic are being heavily affected by early and severe bouts of the fungus Phytophthora infestans, which causes late blight. This is the same famine that caused the Irish Potato Famine. Home gardeners are encouraged to begin preventative fungicide treatment. Acceptable treatments are Daconil (chlorothalonil) or copper fungicide sprays (organic). You can find more information here: http://blogs.cornell.edu/hort/2009/06/26/late-blight-a-serious-disease-killing-tomatoes-and-potatoes-this-year/"
Hand-forged plant stands
Charleston's own Wallace Metal Works is producing hand-forged, riveted plant stands in satin black (indoor/outdoor use) and natural (indoor only) finishes for $48 plus tax. The plant stand includes an 8-inch clay pot and saucer. To order, call 304-744-2477 or e-mail Matt Wallace at m...@wallacemetalworks.com. Visit www.wallacemetalworks.com to see more products for the garden.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.