My favorite garden tool: A scanner
Scanners are the new trowels. They're great garden tools. You can create lasting 'arrangements' by scanning your favorite flowers, leaves, and fruits.
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The ‘Ballerina’ rose was having a fling, and the leaves of the ‘Goldflame’ spirea had again illuminated the garden with bronze, red, and gold. One blossom was left on Nicotiana sylvestris.Skip to next paragraph
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[Editor's note: Click through all six of the photos at left to see the scans that Donna mentions.)
Some of the recipients of these e-mailed scans enjoyed them so much that I had note cards made up with some of their favorites for Christmas gifts . It was fun, gave me a visual record of the summer blooming sequence, and alerted me that one particular stretch of the summer needs more pizzazz.
Good gardening tool!
Try this for yourself. You may need to Photoshop some of the critters that walk across the picture unexpectedly and pollen will drift onto the flatbed. Still, it’s more fun than you might think.
Donna Williamson is one of nine garden writers who blog weekly at Diggin' It. She's a master gardener, garden designer, and garden coach. She has taught gardening and design classes at the State Arboretum of Virginia, Oatlands in Leesburg, and Shenandoah University. She’s also the founder and editor of Grandiflora Mid-Atlantic Gardening magazine, and the author of “The Virginia Gardener’s Companion: An Insider’s Guide to Low Maintenance Gardening in Virginia.” She lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
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