Fallen Leaves On Turf

I have lots of leaves on my turf. Most of the morning I used a combination of a bagging lawnmower and a leaf blower to get my turf uncovered. Predominantly, I have three types of large deciduous trees in my yard. My red maple, willow oak, and Chinese pastiche leaves…

Sasanqua Camellias – Upright and Horizontal

This year sasanqua camellias are showing off. The neat thing is the best time to plant these camellias is when they are in bloom, in other words now. Not only is selecting color and bloom type that you like important in selecting a plant, but also some grow in a…

Fall Color and Flowers Too

American witch hazel has great fall color. In addition to that clear yellow color, it blooms at the same time, too. The above images were taken on the same plant. This is a classic understory native plant that can in some cases grow into a small tree, but most are…

Easy To Root – Aucubas

Some plants are easy to root. Aucubas seem to be one of the easiest shrubs for me. Since Aucuba foliage is a standard for flower arrangements around the house, I always seem to have some rooting or have just potted rooted stems. If you are like me and the flowers…

Pansy Planting TIme

Weekend rain and cool weather is my signal to plant pansies. It is easy to go out and just buy pansies, but there is a lot of difference in quality. Here is what I look for when I go to purchase plants or planted containers. Look for plants that are…

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…