Spring Bulbs On Sale Now

I always plant my spring bulbs in late December or the first week in January. So the fact that many stores and my favorite mail order source, Brent and Becky’s bulbs, have their remaining supply of bulbs on sales now is perfect. This weekend I bought 50 large size daffodils…

Birmingham’s Best Fall Color Now

Japanese maples are showing off all over our area now. The fall color on these maples is simply stunning, and they are now at their peak. It is also, in my opinion, the best time to purchase them and plant them, as you can see their fall color and their…

Leaves And More Leaves

My turf looks like a forest floor it is so covered with leaves. And yes, they need to be removed. For many of you it is endless hours of raking which granted it is good exercise, but frankly I hate to rake leaves. My solution is to cut them up…

Sasanqua Camellias Are Still Blooming

Even after the cold weather this week my Sparkling Burgundy sasanquas look fine. That is why I think sasanqua camellias are the A-plus blooming shrubs of fall. They like high filtered shade for best blooming but can take shade and some sun most of the day. There are several things…

Falls Best Yellow Tree

Ginkgo is the brightest color of most fall trees. Also called maidenhair tree, ginkgo almost never misses on delivering great fall color. The one shown above is in my front yard and is sitting on an under bed of rock in about 10 inches of soil at the most. While…

Lettuce For Beauty And Food

It is not too late to grow some lettuces. While it is a bit too late to seed, transplants are now the way to go. And the best way I have found this late into the season to grow them is in pots, so not only can you enjoy eating…

These Shrubs Give Fall A Sweet Scent

The cooler days are emphasizing the scent of fall’s most fragrant shrubs. Elaeagnus, known by many as the shrub with long shoots and gets very large, is at its best this time of the year. It is not the long shoots or unusual silvery brown leaves that make it special….

This Weekend Is The Big Sale

That is right. I always say the fall tree and shrub planting season starts with the annual Birmingham Botanical Gardens fall plant sale. The rain in the past couple of days and cooler temperatures are a perfect combination for signaling the start of planting perennials, trees and shrubs. Also, it…

Planting Days For Fall Vegetables

Finally, some cooler weather and rain are predicted, so if you have not already done so plant your fall vegetable garden now. Today, I broadcasted seeds of various greens and lettuce in my mother-in-law’s garden. If you use transplants for some things, they need to go into the ground now,…