I've been working with the same old rusty shovel for most of my gardening life. The edges are dull and the wood handle is roughened, both things that could be improved with some filing and sanding. The Head Gardener and The Executive Producer always seem to be somewhere else when I want their help with such a task, though. Today, after returning home from another trip to Treesearch, I decided that I not only needed a new shovel but by golly, I deserved one! So I headed to Lowe's and ankled it over to the garden tools display. I had another shovel in hand when Lowe's employee Kevin suggested I take a look at this Truper 2-in-1 shovel and edger they had just received. He unwrapped one and handed it to me. It felt good in my hands and I decided it was worth a try. As soon as I got home, I put on my gloves and took the Truper for a spin. OH, MAMA. Where have you been all my gardening life??????
As I was tidying up later, I saw that another Louisiana iris had opened. This is 'Wine Country'. That picture doesn't convey the deep rich velvety tones of this bloom. It's my new favorite until another variety opens and seduces me with its charms!
Finally, I stopped at New Nurseries on my way home from Treesearch and was fortunate to find a 'Rising Sun' redbud. I've coveted this tree since I saw it at the Garden Writers' Association convention, I think in 2010. It's said to tolerate heat and humidity well and I'm optimistic about its future here at Wit's End.
Will have to check out both of your gardens (heard of Treesearch during the fruit tree sales this winter) that were recommended soon.