Winter Watering Is Important

Today was a wonderful gardening day after many days of very cold weather. I decided to do some late planting of bulbs in some of my containers, and guess what? Most of the soil in the containers was still frozen. Even a large pot had only thawed a couple of…

Amaryllis Flowers You Can Grow

Around town most amaryllis bulbs are on sale. Being the end of the season these bulbs are still fine to force in bloom if they are not soft or rotten. The brightest flowers in our house in January are flowering amaryllis bulbs. I like to grow them in water, and…

Collecting from Winter Walks

A few warm days make me want to get outside and enjoy a good walk. Whether you simply walk around your garden or take a walk in the woods, there is probably a rich harvest for a winter arrangement. Foliage arrangements are a good substitute for flower arrangements indoors and…

Cold Weather Help For Plants

If the forecast is right, we will be very cold Sunday night. So there are a few things that might help our plants that are not exteremely cold hardy to survive. If you have plants in the ground, and you have not already mulched them, do so. I like pine…

Camellias for Christmas

If the weather holds, empress camellia will grace our holiday dinner table on December 25. That’s right. Most years my empress camellias, also called lady clare, bloom from late December until late spring. During the times we have heavy freezes many of the opening blooms will turn brown and fall…

A Berry Berry Holly

Around here when we say the word yaupon, we think immediately of dwarf yaupon. But our native yaupon is far from a dwarf. Generally considered a large shrub or a small multi-stem tree, it is more commonly seen south of us in its native state which frequently is along fence…

A Truly Birmingham Garden Book

Louise Wrinkle has one of the most beautiful gardens in the metro area. And to her great credit, she has written a book on her experiences both good and bad in building a garden at her family home here in Birmingham for the last 30 plus years. I have visited…

Japanese Maples Explode With Fall Color

I like green foliage trees with brilliant dependable fall color. One of the best small trees in our area for seasonal beauty with a variety of leaf variations is the green foliaged Japanese maple. While few nurseries tout these in our area because the red foliage types are popular, I…

Fallen Leaves On Turf

I have lots of leaves on my turf. Most of the morning I used a combination of a bagging lawnmower and a leaf blower to get my turf uncovered. Predominantly, I have three types of large deciduous trees in my yard. My red maple, willow oak, and Chinese pastiche leaves…

Sasanqua Camellias – Upright and Horizontal

This year sasanqua camellias are showing off. The neat thing is the best time to plant these camellias is when they are in bloom, in other words now. Not only is selecting color and bloom type that you like important in selecting a plant, but also some grow in a…