Okay, Plant Now – Here Are A Few Tips

I hope that we are passed the killing spring freezes. So, today I started planting my tender spring plants. Annuals and vegetable transplants should enjoy the warmth of the next few days. Here are some things I do to assure that my transplants get off to a good start. Container…

Picking The Right Azalea For Your Garden

So you want to add azaleas to your garden. Be careful because they come in all sizes and there are both evergreen and deciduous types. You can easily Google the name and find out what type it is from the tag, but here are few simple guidelines to help you…

Our Most Spectacular Native Tree

This is a great year for dogwoods. Our woodland edges are sprinkled with their white blooms now, and in older Birmingham neighborhoods they dot home landscapes. It has been many years since I have had one in my garden, and quite frankly I do not know why. It has to…

Planting Annuals – Not So Fast

Annuals are in every garden center and big box store now and look beautiful. But this is the first week of April, and our general frost date is around April 15. Monday morning of this week we had a light frost, and if there is anything usual about our weather…

Flowering Trees To Add To Your Garden

The Yoshino cherry trees are in full bloom at the Japanese Garden. A beautiful crabapple is in bloom in my neighborhood. And along the interstate right of ways redbuds in bloom dot the landscape. These are just three of the many spring flowering plants that are showing off right now….

This Week In The Garden

What pleasure it is to garden in comfortable spring weather. This is such an important time in the garden to ensure you have a great gardening season. First, many shrubs and trees have been hurt by a major freeze a few days ago. Here is what you do to help…

What Can I Plant Now?

One week it is nice and warm, next week nights are freezing. Few spring plants are designed to bloom and show off immediately and take these up and down temperatures. Besides pansies, here are a few plants I like to add to my garden now. English daisies, while a bit…

Fantastic Flowering Spring Shrubs

This a show off year for our early spring flowering shrubs. The two pictured above, forsythia also called golden bell and flowering quince are two of my favorites. Early flowering spiraeas and weigela are two other popular early bloomers. Since I like to buy these plants in bloom, now is…

What About This Weather

Friends February is not spring most years. Looking at my garden today you would think it is high spring. Everything is early, and a week of warm weather predicted for next week won’t help holding back spring flowering plants. But remember the general last frost date in our area is…

Keeping Pansies Perky

This winter is a hot and cold one. And the temperature fluctuations have played havoc on many of the plants that were put in last fall, like pansies. So if your plants look stressed like the ones in the photo above, here is some advice. If yours look like the…