Tending Your Tomatoes

My tomatoes have grown considerably over the last few days with all the rain. Some of my smallest plants did not survive (not sure why, maybe bacterial wilt) while the established plants loved it. My containerized plants did especially well, because they have good drainage. So with fruit set and…

My Calla Trick

When I say I have a trick, here it is. All over town now the bagged plants are being marked down in the big box stores and big home improvement stores. Some as much as 75%. That’s when I shop for callas. I purchased 6 tubers the other day. Make…

Summer’s Most Fragrant Flower

There is no question in my mind that when I get near a gardenia in bloom the fragrance is almost overpowering. For some its very fragrant flowers are heavenly, but others immediately start sneezing. Called Cape Jasmine by many older folks, this has been a staple in Birmingham gardens for…

Hydrangea Leaves Tell The Type

Four hydrangea species are the most popular ones in our area. All these four hydrangea species grow well here, but the only way to tell the difference is to look at the foliage to know what you have or what you are purchasing if they are not in flower. The…

Planting Right

After all the rain we had over the past few days, water in the planting hole can be a serious problem. The old saying a “four dollar plant in forty dollar hole” is so true, especially if your soil is clay or very heavy. First and foremost do not plant…

Gardening At Home This Week

Early May is peak gardening time for me. It’s my second season of flowering, as many of my late spring shrubs and perennials are coming into bloom. Walking around my garden I have to focus on the beauty of the plants coming into flower, not just all the work that…

Planting Annuals Right

At planting time, it is easy to buy more than we have time to plant. So, many of us just stuff the plants into pots or in bed without giving much thought to maximizing their growth. But three things I think are important in planting annuals for maximum show. First…

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…