You may have figured out by now that I am passionate about growing plants in containers. Everything in my coastal Mississippi landscape and garden grows in some form of container.
I got clip-happy on a sunny day this week, whacking on shrubs and trees to get ready for another summer of flowers and fruit, and rooting some of the cuttings.
Mississippi gardeners are not going to enjoy an early spring because those prospects have already been dashed by the off and on cold weather.
Gardeners get irked when plants refuse to step up and overcome challenging situations.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been encouraging home gardeners to be intentional with their garden and landscape activities this year.
Last week I stepped off the never-ending Mobius strip I call garden seasons to give a gaggle of neighborhood kids a little Nature perspective.
Garden and landscape planning for the 2021 season continues to move forward as we get closer to the day we can get back out into the garden full time.
This midwinter I’m enjoying a couple of classic Southern bulbs from the gardens of my great-grandmother and two grandmothers, and which come up every fall and grow through the worst winters. With no care whatsoever.
I’m in my 2021 garden planning mode right now, and along with many other intentional gardeners, I have my mind on seeds.
Happy New Year!
Boy, oh boy, what a number COVID laid on us in 2020.
It’s been said that one person’s sweet perfume is another’s stink. Well, whether a smell is good or bad, it’s welcome in my garden. To a point.
The adage that “hindsight is 2020” is usually pretty apropos; but, looking back, how about changing it to “let’s put 2020 in hindsight” and say g’bye to a weird year?
For at least 10 years, I’ve been actively wondering what direction our landscape and gardening practices are headed. Being a horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, I’ve had the opportunity to ask this question of gardeners and nongardeners alike, as well as commercial horticulture growers.
Poinsettias are being bought, Christmas trees with ornaments are up, and lights and inflatable figures are on display around our homes as people get ready for the holidays.
Might not be any snow, but with a pair of loppers and shears we can transform winter gardens into lollipops and gumdrops. But a word to the thin-skinned: If you go crazy with creative trimming, you’ll get trash-talked.
“‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the yard, not a plant was left standing, and the ground was hard.” So begins Karen Geisler’s gardener adaptation of Clement Clarke Moore’s Christmas classic “The Night Before Christmas.”
While I was moving a shrub the other day my little-girl squeal, an unanticipated side note of gardening, came out.
Before the 1800s Christmas was a mostly religious celebration. Then in 1823, Clement Clarke Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” was published.
Sounds worse than it was, but while making naturalistic holiday decorations from garden gleanings I took off a minor part of my face.
We are fully into the holiday season, and most people are getting into the holiday spirit. But this year is very different, thanks to COVID-19.