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BY BRUCE ZIMMERMAN

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Fiskars Super D Handle
Fiskars Digging Shovel
Fiskars new Garden Tool Line has been design to reflect the way gardeners use the tool. The shafts are tear-shaped to fit your hand. The Double Width D Handle so you can use two hands at once. The Step is wider making it easier on your instep and has a better grip. The handle shaft is padded.
Fiskars Pole Pruner is a joy to use after working with the heavy bulky Top Pole Pruners that predominates the market. The easy pull grip below makes easier to use. The only reason that this tool is a four star and not a  
Fiskars Pole Head
Fiskars Broken five is the manufacturing flaw. The opening in the pole where the pull cord goes through is fractured. The fracture on the right is worse than the left one.

Fiskars Pole Pull
 Encyclopedia of Clematis  both in its comprehensive scope and its detailed coverage of each variety listed.  A practical style as to be easily digestible for the avid gardener while remaining relevant for the nursery professional or amateur grower.  The informative individual plant listings have suggestions for using it in the garden, cultivation and care, pruning practices, propagation and hybridization, pests and diseases.
Clematis
Armitage has compiled descriptions and assessments of 245 genera of annuals, biennials and half-hardy perennials.  Allan liberally sprinkles entries with strong and sometimes amusing opinions about the plants. 
Armitage's Annuals Biennials
More of a picture book but one with good information that is guaranteed to inspire the Gardening Soul. It covers the five senses, textures, pathways, water, and colours. From Harper Collins. by Cheryl Merser
The Garden Design Book
The Perennial Instruction Book every perennial gardener should own.
Covers Planting & Pruning and Ornamental Grasses too. From Timber Press  by T.DiSabato - Aust
The Well Tended Perennial Garden
I wish I had this book when I was teaching Indoor Plants at the College. The book contains over 900 photographs. Five stars is a conservative rating. From Timber Press by Robert Lee Riffle & Paul Craft.
An Encycyclopedia Of Cultivated Palms
The Best Gardening Humour Book I have ever read. It is very hard to make me laugh but this book succeeded. I see myself ; many other friends and fellow gardeners in this book. I found this book in a final clearance book store. I bought several copies and gave most of them away on my radio show to callers with gardening questions. If you find this book buy two; one to read and one to treasure. A Fireside Book Published by Simon & Schuster Written by Martha Smith.
Beds I Have Known
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