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The Greener View: Gardening Gifts Part Two

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

There is still time to get presents for your gardener. The following are additional holiday gift options.

The Worx Aerocart 8-in-1 Wheelbarrow can carry 200 pounds, but the way it is balanced, it will only feel like 20 pounds. I like the fact that it has two wheels instead of one. I once tipped a one-wheeled wheelbarrow of concrete into a rose ...Read more

On Gardening: Let Ascot Rainbow color your world

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Mention the word "ascot" and a silky men's tie worn by the upper crust of European society comes to mind. Today, however, I want you to associate the name with Ascot Rainbow, an evergreen perennial euphorbia capturing the imagination of the gardening world.

Botanically speaking, Ascot Rainbow is known as Euphorbia martinii. It is native to ...Read more

On Gardening: The brassicas are taking center stage along with kale, mustard, and collards too

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The brassicas are taking center stage! In the fall and winter season, we have always dabbled in flowering kale and cabbage but it seems in the last couple of years things are changing. The cruciferous crops are doing their part to create the WOW factor in flower beds across Georgia. It's not just flowering kale and cabbage but edibles like the ...Read more

The Greener View: Gardening Gifts

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

The gardener you're shopping for this holiday may tell you that they have all the tools they need. But here are a few they probably don't have and will be glad you gave to them.

I like combining several small items into one larger present. For instance, a pair of garden gloves, some insect repellent and a bottle of hand soap or hand lotion in a...Read more

The Greener View: Poinsettias for Winter

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

If you have been in a grocery store or big-box store recently, I am sure you have seen red poinsettias for sale. Red poinsettias are the favorites; they easily outsell all the other colors. But in recent years, newer colors have become popular. Some of the new varieties are various purple, magenta and pink hues, as well as speckled and two-toned...Read more

On Gardening: Dazzling with cool season planters

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Recently, I was schooled, so to speak, on 'Pansies and their Partners' as I was invited to visit Old Town, a 2016 Southern Living Community of the Year award winner in Columbus, Ga. I'm a pretty good cool-season container guy but everywhere I looked was foliage and cool season color combinations I had never tried.

This community may be one of a...Read more

On Gardening: Misplaced sage, a stunner in the fall garden

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The misplaced sage heads up a group fall-blooming salvias that are absolutely riveting now in the garden. Salvias just may be the favorite collector plants by gardeners in the United Sates and rightfully so as I will further explain.

Your first question is probably what is the misplaced salvia? Well botanically speaking it is Salvia disjuncta. ...Read more

The Greener View: Picking a Pruner

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Looking for a holiday present for your gardener? A high-quality pruner is a valuable tool for any gardener. The repetitive motions of actions like hedge pruning can aggravate hand and wrist injuries. Your gardener will appreciate tools that are easy to use and reduce the amount of work and energy required to use them.

Hold your hand out in ...Read more

On Gardening: Fall blooming camellias offer stunning landscape performance

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Hurricane Matthew gave our Judge Arthur Solomon Camellia garden a stiff uppercut as it brought down a lot of large trees. But now one month later, the fall blooming camellias are bringing in guests: pollinating visitors like honeybees that are relishing every moment. The bees seem to be in ecstasy as they literally dive into a cave of pollen. It...Read more

The Greener View: Protecting Unplanted Trees

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: I planned on tearing down a garage and the new empty space would be enough room to plant some dwarf fruit trees. Unfortunately, the project was delayed and the final location for the trees won't be ready before winter and the ground freezes solid. I already have some of the trees purchased. They are in a variety of pots. What would be the ...Read more

On Gardening: Panola Panache, pansies with flamboyance

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Today we have a shipment of Panolas coming to the garden; this series of pansies has long been a favorite of mine for its persevering landscape performance. I'm sure there has been a generation of gardeners born who probably have never heard the name Panola.

When I first saw them there were just a few colors and the name was Panola Panache. ...Read more

The Greener View: Preparing Bird Feeders

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

It's that time of year again -- time to get ready for winter. As our gardens prepare to go dormant for the winter, we can think ahead to the joy that bird feeding will bring. Fall is a good time to wash bird feeders and stock up on seed.

There are a few things to know in response to myths about bird feeding. First, birds will not become ...Read more

On Gardening: Belgian mums thrill with fall performance

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After a long brutally hot summer, two tropical storms and a hurricane, one could use a little perk-up, and no plant brings cheer like the chrysanthemum. Cooler temperatures partnered with a few mum containers with flowers numbering in the thousands will boost your spirits like few other plants.

It was seven years ago that I last wrote about ...Read more

The Greener View: Pumpkin Varieties

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: Several local stores are selling sugar pumpkins. I have never heard of this kind of pumpkin. I was told it is good for making pies or using as a small jack-o'-lantern. I bought a few, and I want to plant the seeds to grow more of them for next year. Is this a good idea?

A: You can save the seeds, plant them and grow them, but you may not ...Read more

On Gardening: Nothing says fall like the mari-mum

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Gosh, I love this time of the year where everyone decorates with pumpkins and old flowers get ripped out and mums go in. As much as I treasure Belgian mums, I must admit there is something special about mari-mums. I would be quick to tell you there is no such thing as a mari-mum but in actuality, it has won the coveted Texas Superstar award, not...Read more

The Greener View: Fall Tilling

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Q: I think you wrote that the preferred time to till soil in a vegetable garden is during fall, not spring. Why is that? I have always tilled in the spring.

A: It doesn't matter whether you have a northern garden that is planted in spring or a southern garden that is planted in fall. There are several reasons fall is the best time of year to ...Read more

On Gardening: Hurricanes make you appreciate floral beauty like the old-fashioned zinnia

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After a hurricane, you find beauty and pleasure in simple things and in my case it is the old-fashioned zinnia. Now I say old-fashioned because we grew them from generic seed packets so I don't really know the variety. I would say it is the zinnia you grew up with as a kid.

If you are like me that was one of the first plants you grew from seeds...Read more

The Greener View: Clever Crocus Bulbs

Gardening / Jeff Rugg /

Clever Crocus Bulbs

Q: I always tire of winter long before spring comes. I was looking at the selections of spring bulbs in a catalog and thinking I might plant some crocuses throughout my lawn. Do they require different care to get them to come back every year?

A: My mother and many others have crocuses and other bulbs planted in their lawns....Read more

Michelle Obama harvests White House vegetable garden for the last time

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WASHINGTON -- It was hard to miss the red and white gingham tablecloths, the lively green plants and the red and blue furry creatures jumping up and down above a pile of hay in the White House Kitchen Garden this week.

Children laughed as they ran around the tables, and the TV creatures behind the hay shouted with excitement as first lady ...Read more

On Gardening: Native blue mistflowers offer dazzling color and swirling butterflies

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When I moved into my new house about this time last year, I was quick to notice my neighbor's flowers across the street. I could see drifts of wonderful tall blue flowers coupled with the complementary orange of swirling gulf fritillary butterflies. I knew immediately this was a real gardener as those showy blooms were the native blue mistflower...Read more

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