Two Beautiful Vines

I rarely write about vines, but I think these two are worth a few words. The beauty of spring is now all around us, and we often overlook vines and their beauty except maybe the escaped wisteria along the roadsides which is a pest. These two crossvine vines merit more…

Successful Seeds Are Great Garden Savings

A lot of the things I grow these days are from seeds. This is especially true for my summer vegetable garden. About the only transplants I buy these days are peppers and eggplants, and even these are not hard to grow from seeds. Finally, after some sunny days I was…

Vegetable Seeding In Containers

Wet gardens will not deter you from planting containers now. With the continued off and on rains, unless we cover our vegetable gardens to dry out and solarize, we are ‘a ways away’ from planting early spring vegetables in our gardens. There is a solution: container gardening. I always seed…

A Few Gardening Tips For Now

What an early spring we are having. Lots of rain followed by a few days of warm weather and a bit of sun. So, what should we be doing in our garden with many things flowering early and wet, wet ground? Do not worry, nature is unpredictable, and we have…

Lenten Roses Are At Their Beautiful Best

If you love late winter, early spring bloomers here is one of my favorite plants. Lenten roses thrive in our area in shade and seed easily. Most of the time I talk about this plant in January when they have a few blooms showing color, but after thinking about it…

Gardenia Care

In our area gardenias have had a rough winter. An early freeze really hurt many plants, and some even had their stems split. Then another set of warm days and another freeze is playing havoc with some folks plants, like my neighbors. Then, last week my son sent me the…

Spring Before Valentines

While there’s a rainy week ahead and warmer than usual temperatures, don’t be surprised what is in bloom. For many years the early blooming star magnolias were rarely allowed to have only a few blooms before being burned by cold weather. Because of the warmer temperatures in January and February…

Warmer Weather: Good For Gardening

For the next week things are looking good temperature wise with no freezing nights predicted. While some rain is predicted there should be some exceptional gardening days. As we start the month of February, this a good time to do chores that make the landscape have a more refined look….

Cold Weather Pruning

The expected cold weather will hopefully stop many of our deciduous shrubs from budding out. However, the cooler weather is the perfect time to prune trees, cut back evergreens, and shape evergreens. With our extended warm season last fall, many of our evergreens, like the dwarf Buford holly shown in…

Winter and Warm Weather

Warm days and cool nights that we are having now are tough on plants. Our winter flowering plants are showing off, while many of our deciduous plants have buds swelling. And the weather next week is predicted to be mild and rainy. So, what can we do? Actually nothing for…