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…

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…