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…

Three Winter Flowering Shrubs

Anytime we have a few warm days early in the year, these three shrubs do not miss blooming. Winter daphne is one of the most beautiful and cherished of all the winter flowering shrubs. They are very fragrant and can literally cover the plant in bloom even at an early…

Gardening Now

Our one day is warm one day is cold, as well as off and on rain is a challenge for us gardeners. If you have already planted your violas and pansies, don’t forget they need winter care, too. Remember to pinch off the spent blossoms to keep the plants blooming….

Holiday Gifts To Enjoy Now And Later

Flowers or bulbs always make great gifts. They can also be given where they will brighten the wintry days of January. Regardless of whether you want a flowering gift to be enjoyed now or later, here are a few tips to make a good purchase. Poinsettias – This is the…

Leaves: What To Do With Them

Leaves are falling and piling up all over town. There are a lot of thoughts about how to handle fall leaves, even some folks saying leave them where they fall. This is fine for woodland areas, but if you have beautiful turf they need to be removed. The old fashioned…

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…