Hot Days In My Garden

As hot as the weather is, I am still gardening to get ready for fall. Last week I seeded marigolds, broccoli, and cabbage for my fall garden to eventually pot up and plant in the garden in early September. The marigold will go into containers that I have pulled out…

Why Encore Azaleas Are Showstoppers

The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is so true when it comes to encores. I cannot think of another three season bloomer that has a show like the encore azaleas in summer. I can assure you the one shown in the picture blooms like this in…

Maintain and Enjoy

For me, this is the time of the year where my maintenance mainly consists of weeding and watering. It’s really too late to prune many of our spring flowering shrubs that bloom on the stems and branches that do not appear in spring. Even many of my native azaleas have…

Colorful Leaves For The Shade

Caladiums are great for our hot summer gardens. Their colorful leaves can really brighten a shady spot, and they are easy to grow. All of the ones except the window box was grown from tubers. The window box was planted with purchased plants, and if you look a bit they…

A Few Things To Do and Not To Do Now

Summer heat is now bearing down upon us here in Birmingham. These days I garden in the early morning and late afternoon. My gardening this time of the year is more about watering,weeding, and harvesting than anything else. But here are a few tips I follow this time of the…

Summertime And The Gardening Is Easy

With a week of rain, heat, and high humidity ahead, there are easy chores that need to be done. Here are a few I am doing in my garden now. Container grown plants need watering even if we have rain. By now they are filling the pots with roots, so…

Tending Your Tomatoes

My tomatoes have grown considerably over the last few days with all the rain. Some of my smallest plants did not survive (not sure why, maybe bacterial wilt) while the established plants loved it. My containerized plants did especially well, because they have good drainage. So with fruit set and…

My Calla Trick

When I say I have a trick, here it is. All over town now the bagged plants are being marked down in the big box stores and big home improvement stores. Some as much as 75%. That’s when I shop for callas. I purchased 6 tubers the other day. Make…

Summer’s Most Fragrant Flower

There is no question in my mind that when I get near a gardenia in bloom the fragrance is almost overpowering. For some its very fragrant flowers are heavenly, but others immediately start sneezing. Called Cape Jasmine by many older folks, this has been a staple in Birmingham gardens for…

Hydrangea Leaves Tell The Type

Four hydrangea species are the most popular ones in our area. All these four hydrangea species grow well here, but the only way to tell the difference is to look at the foliage to know what you have or what you are purchasing if they are not in flower. The…