Plant Care After The Big Freeze

The freeze last week caught a lot of plants by surprise. Temperatures in the teens usually do not occur until January most years. So the result is that many of our plants are crisp. Crepe myrtle, tender evergreens, and many of our deciduous plants that exhibit some degree of fall…

How To Identify Your Holiday Cactus

The kind of holiday cactus is always a discussion around the upcoming season. Do I have a Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving cactus, or mine is not coming into bloom (which means it is neither of the popular types or not tricked to come into bloom)? Well, I found the chart above…

Plant Tags Are Valuable

Many of the plants you are buying in stores today have these larger plant tags attached to the pots. I am very impressed with the information they provide, as long as you know a few things about the metro Birmingham area. First and foremost we are basically in plant zone…

Fall Gardening At Its Best

As the fragrance of ginger lilies passed, the tea olives, also called osmanthus, scent my back yard now. And what could be better with this perfect gardening weather but a mild sweet scent in your garden as you do many of the chores we need to do now. Orange flowered…

Pansies Or Viola: What You Need To Know

Cooler weather and rain tell me it’s time to plant pansies and violas. First, when you select the transplants, there is ultimately not much difference in the 6 pack plants or the 4-inch pot in how they overwinter and flower next spring.The real key in buying them is to not…

How To Buy Garden Mums

For me cooler weather means it’s time to do a bit of fall decorating, and nothing beats the beauty of mums. The images above are good examples of how to buy as it relates to flowering longevity. But there are other things I think you should be cautious about, especially…

Hot, Dry, and Blooming

Every night the weather report is temperatures above 90 degrees and no rain in the forecast. And the long term report says at least another week of this type of weather. Even some of my best early fall bloomers are not doing well even though I have a sprinkler system….

Florist Hydrangea Update

My number one question this time of the year regarding florist or mop-head hydrangeas is “what’s wrong with the leaves, they have spot all over them.” While I cannot be exact, it is some type of leaf spot, and usually they are growing in sun. Can you control this? The…

Blooming In Spite Of The Heat

Friends it is just plain hot, and they say this heat could last all week. So what am I doing in my garden? Watering, watering and watering plus in early morning a few necessary chores. But in spite of the heat my fragrant white ginger lilies are blooming, and because…

After The Rainy Days Now What?

First and foremost don’t stop watering thinking that your plants can go a long time with out watering. Yes, we are experiencing some cooler summer temperatures for the next few days, but it is still hot and lots of the plants are at their maximum need for water at this…