What About This Weather

Friends February is not spring most years. Looking at my garden today you would think it is high spring. Everything is early, and a week of warm weather predicted for next week won’t help holding back spring flowering plants. But remember the general last frost date in our area is…

Keeping Pansies Perky

This winter is a hot and cold one. And the temperature fluctuations have played havoc on many of the plants that were put in last fall, like pansies. So if your plants look stressed like the ones in the photo above, here is some advice. If yours look like the…

Rebloom Your Old Orchids – It’s Easy

I said it was easy to rebloom an old Phalaenopsis, also called moth orchid,  and here is how. First and foremost the trick to get them to come into bloom is cool temperatures. My mother-in-law and I leave ours out on the shady screen porch from the first of May…

Sensational Yellow Shrubs This Winter

This year Winter Jasmine is a showstopper. I don’t think I have ever seen them more colorful. Often mistakenly called yellow bell or forsythia, these bloom earlier than forsythia and have green stems instead of brown. I have a planting at my entry that is about 20 years old and…

Winter IS Still Gardening Time

A few days of sunny weather makes me get out and start getting my garden ready for spring. Today, I took a soil test of my vegetable garden, as I have not done so in several years. I felt my production of vegetables seemed less last summer. The little soil…

This Is A Pruning Mistake

Pruning can be beautiful or a disaster. The two hollies above were a somewhat matched pair. The unpruned holly has a lot of style and character. The pruned holly on the other hand, looks like a typical pruned box and is ugly for this space. Looking at the unpruned holly,…

Holiday Flowers – My Favorites

Looking at the temperatures now through December, the empress camellia in our yard will again grace our Christmas table with blooms. It is a delight to go out on Christmas morning and fill a trug with cut blooms. This has become an annual tradition at our house, and unless we…

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…