Help Garden Mums Last Longer

Buying garden mums is easy. Go to any big box garden center, and you will see a flood of them. Go to your local garden center, and they are there, too. Regardless of where you buy them, they are all essentially grown the same way. The post harvest care is…

Fall Gardening – Some Necessary Chores

Finally some cool weather. While I will be planting many plants like pansies soon, cleaning the garden needs to be done before planting. Weeding is especially important, as many of them have produced copious amounts of seeds that will germinate next year. Damn weed (that’s what folks call it) is…

Rosemary Is Ready To Show Off

Birmingham makes a good home for rosemary these days. When I first came to town over 40 years ago, I was wary it would survive our cold. Today, I have consistently had it in my garden for many years and consider it not only a great woody herb, but an…

Don’t Be Fooled – It Is Dry

This cool weather can fool you. It has been many days since we have had a soaking rain, and the ground is dry. So watering now, this time of year is a must. I am watering my lawn at least 25 minutes a section in sunny areas a minimum of…

Easy to Root Coleus

Coleus is a favorite plant of mine to root in water. There is simply nothing to it other than keeping the container filled with water and allowing the roots to develop. While I did the ones above earlier in the summer, the typical way my mom over wintered coleus is…

Fall Vegetable Planting

Warm temperatures, heavy rainfall, and perhaps a bit of laziness has kept me from planting my fall vegetables. So this past week I turned the garden, and plan on seeding it and putting out transplants as soon as possible. Before planting I have some work to do. First, I clean…

Special Flowers That Signal Fall

Spider lilies in bloom means that fall is on the way. I must admit that I have them in random places in my landscape because they seem to bloom some years and others they skip blooming. Since they put up a scape (naked stem) to bloom, I never know where…

First Fruits of Fall

When a neighbor calls and says come see my beautiful beautyberry in fruit, you know fall is not far off. This week, once she told me about hers and I made a photo, I started seeing them everywhere. While the foliage is still on they are not showy from a…

Annuals That Need Help

All around town annuals are looking bad. It could be because of several things. Here are a few tips to get them looking good this fall and hopefully have a good show of blooms. The shade type impatiens were planted in late May and had irrigation when needed. They looked…

Tending the Garden Now

With a break in the August heat, now is the time to prepare the garden for fall. Here are some things I am currently doing in my garden. Zinnias, large flowered marigolds, tithonia, petunias and other summer annuals need to have their spent blooms removed to encourage a flush of…