Today In My Garden

This morning I traveled to Petals From the Past for their big summer sale. I purchased a butterfly weed and a new salvia and added them to two holes in my garden border. Normally many of my perennials would be in full bloom, but in some cases mine are late….

Care Of Big Tomato Plants

My first tomatoes will be ready in a few days. That is exciting, but in order to keep them producing as long as possible, I do a few simple things beside keeping them watered. In order to keep them flowering and producing more fruit, sucker removal is very important, especially…

Summer White Super Combo

I really like summer whites in my garden. They brighten the shade but sill have a cooling effect. Today, I marveled at the white buckeye and Snowflake hydrangeas in bloom together. Both the plants are in light shade and under a red maple. That means with the fibrous roots of…

Crepe Myrtle – Prune Tender Shoots Now

I have never seen a crepe myrtle that doesn’t put up unwanted shoots. So, in essence at this time of the year, they need an additional pruning to remove new shoots. This helps keep the plant from becoming too dense if you have allowed it to be tree form. If you…

My Blue Hydrangeas Turned Pink

Believe it or not, it is a common problem in many areas around Birmingham. The good news is that there is a solution to have them blue again next year. If they are pink and in bloom, there is nothing you can do about it this year. But you can help…

90 Degrees in May

Today, and for a few days, the temperature is predicted to be 10 plus degrees above normal. With all of the young plants many of us have added to our garden this spring, we need to act now to help them live. The rain we had over the weekend was so light…

Veggie Garden Update

The month of May can still be a planting month for vegetables especially this year, as we have not had consistent warm weather. I never plant okra seeds until this time of the month, or until we have consistent warm weather. In fact, with the weather expected to be the…

Hydrangeas Ready For Grooming

All you hear is “do not prune florist hydrangeas in early spring.”  Guess what? Now is the time to do what I call dead stem removal pruning. Mine have two types of dead stems. First, those that die all the way to the crown of the plant and need to…

Growing Tomatoes In Containers

Containerized tomato plants are easy to grow and produce tasty fruits. Here are my tips on how I grow them every year. First, make sure you have a large pot for the plant to grow. The one shown in the picture will allow this plant to develop a big root…