It takes a dedicated, tenacious gardener to survive (and thrive) an Alabama summer in the garden. Summers can seem unusually long in our area, beginning before June’s summer solstice and ending days after the first official fall day. Read the full story
In May’s column, we discussed a quote often seen in gardening literature: “Plant the right plant in the right place.” Selecting and planting a plant that will do well in the place where it is planted (and do well without a lot of extra work by the gardener) is fundamental to a successful lan…
I have always been slightly envious of people who had gardens full of luscious vegetables. My time and energy went into planting flowers — hundreds of them — as I (incorrectly) believed I did not have the right climatic conditions to grow vegetables. What I really lacked was imagination. Veg…
February, the second month of the year, is an interesting month with only 28 days (unlike the rest of the months with 30 or 31 days). Every four years there is Leap Year and we can celebrate the month for 29 days. According to internet sources, having the extra date allows the calendar year …
There have been gardeners in all walks of life who have bequeathed us legacies from their time spent cultivating a garden. Working intimately with nature inspired glorious images in prose, poetry, paintings and activities in everyday lives.
Autumn 2021 has arrived; I saw the date on the calendar, so I know it is true. The days still seem warm and humid. My summer annuals, perennials, even some trees, and I are frazzled. Hopefully cooler, shorter days, longer nights, and fall colors are not a mirage in the desert.
Just as the gardener is ready to pitch the hand spade and the smelly gardening gloves, the chrysanthemums burst into bloom, causing us to smile. Mums are popping up everywhere, beckoning us with vibrant flowers. Time to remove weary summer annuals and replace them with fresh faces.
According to the book, Floriography, in the Victorian era zinnias symbolized “lasting friendship.” The Victorians believed zinnias were easy to grow and they re-seeded (the very same reasons we love them). If the Victorians gifted zinnias to a friend taking a trip, the giver wanted to let th…
The garden is a feast for the senses during the summer season: a symphony of amazing flowers and enchanting scents. Amid this lush spectacle, the gardenia stands out.
Yikes. The lilies are in bloom! My husband calls them “statuesque beauties.” This is a perfect description for this showy charmer; some, like the tree lily (a cross between an Asiatic and Oriental lily), can reach five feet with magnificent blooms resting on the tops of slender stems. Althou…
Spring has been a dilly. We have had two or three April nights in the 30s as well as days in the mid- to high 80s. The flowers and the gardener were both confused at times.
Spring officially started on March 20. It has been giving and unforgiving. Terrible storms have wreaked havoc, destroying lives, properties and the sense of security of those in their way.
Butterflies are a beautiful addition to any garden — but they’re also good for the planet. Butterflies and other pollinators — bees, birds, wasps, moths and bats — play a vital role in our ecosystem by moving pollen from the male part of the flower (the stamen) to the female part (the stigma…
Any experienced home buyer or seller will tell you that one of the big ticket items when it comes to houses is the bathroom. But why do we care so much about them?
Lately there has been a quiet drama unfolding in my garden. Birds are dying — especially Pine Siskens and Purple Finches — not because they hit a glass door or ran afoul of a neighborhood cat, but because there are too many of them and they are contracting salmonella.
When Coke Williams and his wife, Kelly Kitchens, designed a getaway home on the old family farm, they wanted it to rust.
Volumes have been written on proper pruning techniques. Never fear; we are not doing so today. We are, however, going to discuss some basic pruning procedures to avoid mishaps.
As a newbie gardener more than four decades ago, I made a lot of mistakes. It took years to learn new tricks to fix them. The effort has been successful for the most part. (No one is perfect.)
Rex Hartley of Heflin has been doing construction and carpentry work for 35 years. For the past 10 years he has been creating “river tables.”
Fiddler’s Green, 3105 Roy Webb Road, Jacksonville, will be open Saturday from 4-6 p.m. for the final holiday tour of the season. Tours are $10 and last about two hours. Inside group size will be small for social distancing.
You’d be forgiven if you thought that the columned white house atop a hill at Fiddler’s Green in Jacksonville had been standing there for centuries.
The holiday season is upon us, despite lockdowns, masks, illness and shortages. The pandemic has not curbed our traditional urge to shop as we seek some normalcy.
Since I am still living in my pandemic bubble, I spend more and more time gardening. These months have been devastating for so many. Loved ones have gotten very ill. Some have died. Jobs have ended. Homes have been lost.