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…

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.

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…

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.