I barely survived a potent scorpion this week, in my kitchen which is as experimental as my garden.
This past weekend, I planted the last of my Big Four must-have, cool-season color annuals: violas.
A little bit of this, a little bit of that ... I just finished a new garden bed that is a nostalgic nod to my part-time home in northern England and the countless cottage gardens nearby which, because of the 'rona pandemic, are far, far away right now.
This week, I got to get back gardening after cleaning up the Hurricane Zeta debris. While visiting a garden center upstate, I was reminded that if you haven't done so already, now is the time to get your pansies planted for great cool-season color.
This is a shameless celebration. It's mostly about a particular tree, but after two decades of pushing hard for it, even lobbying two special commissions, I'm over the moon to finally salute the magnolia flower on my beloved state's new flag.
I had planned to write again this week about more great cool-season color options, but we had a landscape and garden crasher named Hurricane Zeta make a mess on the Gulf coast.
My garden is sprouting a pop-up bonanza of sorts, with cool, wet weather coaxing surprise toadstools and puffballs from underneath my feet.
Lots has changed during this year of the COVID-19 pandemic. For one thing, there has been a dramatic increase in interest in the home landscape and garden.
What autumn garden scene doesn't have a scarecrow or harvest figure?
Last week, I sang the praises of my favorite cool-season vegetable and explained how it is both edible and ornamental. Kale is a multitasking super food that is really easy to grow from seed.
There is a tried-and-true wake-up call every October that alerts me to the fickle nature of autumn gardening. Right on cue, it happened this week.
This weekend, I was excited to see that one of my favorite fall/winter vegetables is beginning to play a prominent role -- if not center stage -- in my ornamental landscape and culinary garden. Of course, I'm referring to kale.
One of the attributes I look for when choosing annual color plants is how hardworking they will be in my home landscape.
Can someone please tell me what's eating my newly-planted cabbage and kale? I can probably figure out what to do, if only I knew what I'm up against.
What common garden color is not part of the rainbow?
I like growing snapdragons when the seasons shift to cool weather. The colorful flowers are like a floral kaleidoscope in the landscape.
Goldenrod is blooming, and with early autumn colors hinting at the darkness to come it won't be long before Daylight Saving Time ends and we're left to reminisce on a porch swing or by the garden fire.
What a rollercoaster recently for Southern Gardening!
Garden space is precious, as are the time, effort and expenses required to grow stuff there. So, unless you garden for therapy, occasionally think about minimizing inputs and maximizing outputs. And grow what you need.
I write this while contemplating what a wild year 2020 has been. There's no need to remind anyone about the pandemic that has literally changed our landscape.