Gardening as Therapy

by on April 19, 2012

Intensely Fragrant Hyacinth Turns Heads

Hyacinth The color white is often associated with innocence, but don’t let that fool you when it comes to L’Innocence hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis ‘L’Innocence’). This perky spring bulb is far from bashful in the garden. For nearly 150 years, L’Innocence has been reliably hardy and universally pleasing. Warm white blooms nestle above green strap-shaped leaves and tease the air with an intense fragrance. Not one to be a wallflower among your other spring bulbs, L’Innocence can reach a height of 12 inches. Common name: L’Innocence hyacinth

Botanical name: Hyacinthus orientalis ‘L’Innocence’
Plant type: Bulb
Zones: 5 to 8a
Height: 10 to 12 inches
Family: Liliaceae

Growing conditions
•Sun: Full sun
•Soil: Organic, well-drained
•Moisture: Medium

Wonder Hose: Power Cleaning, Gentle Watering

wildflower Want to know the secret to becoming a happy gardener? Invest in a decent hose! There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to work with one that kinks, leaks, or has a wimpy spray.

The Briggs & Stratton Amplifi garden hose delivers on all those counts and more: It functions as a power sprayer and a garden hose. An electric pump is built into the hose’s storage container. Use the power mode to clean decks and other hard surfaces—the hose is long enough to reach upper decks and windows. Switch to the spray setting to water plants.

Amplifi has three power settings and provides three times more pressure than a standard hose. And you can keep the storage container outdoors because it’s weatherproof.

Now that’s something to smile about.

Product Test: Powerful, Versatile Cordless Mower

You can come up with a thousand reasons to not mow the lawn on any given day—and the first just might be that you’d rather garden. But if you had the WORX IntelliCut 17-inch Cordless Mower, you’d be inclined to start a new list of reasons why you want to cut the grass.

Just ask members of the National Home Gardening Club, who recently tested the mower and gave it a 100 percent approval rating! They were impressed by its appealing features: It’s lightweight, it cuts 15,000 square feet on a single charge, it automatically adjusts to tough cutting conditions, and more.

Here’s what testers said:

Shawn Robidou, Carrollton, TX “I have very thick St. Augustine grass, and the mower worked great. I never had to double cut the same area. First pass cleared all the grass.”

Debby Clark, Suwanee, GA “I was amazed at how well it cut my yard and picked up leaves. It trimmed the grass at the same time. I loved how easy it was to empty the catcher.”

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