How To Buy Garden Mums 07 Oct 0
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Annual Flowers

How To Buy Garden Mums

For me cooler weather means it’s time to do a bit of fall decorating, and nothing beats the beauty of mums. The images above are good examples of how to buy as it relates to flowering longevity. But there are other things I think you should be cautious about, especially…

Hot, Dry, and Blooming 25 Sep 0
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In Bloom

Hot, Dry, and Blooming

Every night the weather report is temperatures above 90 degrees and no rain in the forecast. And the long term report says at least another week of this type of weather. Even some of my best early fall bloomers are not doing well even though I have a sprinkler system….

Florist Hydrangea Update 17 Sep 0
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Flowering Shrubs

Florist Hydrangea Update

My number one question this time of the year regarding florist or mop-head hydrangeas is “what’s wrong with the leaves, they have spot all over them.” While I cannot be exact, it is some type of leaf spot, and usually they are growing in sun. Can you control this? The…

Hot Days In My Garden 17 Aug 0
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To Do Now

Hot Days In My Garden

As hot as the weather is, I am still gardening to get ready for fall. Last week I seeded marigolds, broccoli, and cabbage for my fall garden to eventually pot up and plant in the garden in early September. The marigold will go into containers that I have pulled out…

What Is a Caterpillar—Really? 05 Aug 0 Alabama Extension Q&A

What Is a Caterpillar—Really?

You don’t have to be a gardener to experience caterpillars. In fact, from Absolem, the pipe-smoking caterpillar Alice found in Wonderland to more real world curious characters, we’ve grown up with these critters. Officially a caterpillar is the larva of a butterfly or moth, consisting of a segmented, wormlike body…

Maintain and Enjoy 27 Jul 0
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Maintain and Enjoy

For me, this is the time of the year where my maintenance mainly consists of weeding and watering. It’s really too late to prune many of our spring flowering shrubs that bloom on the stems and branches that do not appear in spring. Even many of my native azaleas have…