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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hidden Under the Corporate LadderJ.K. LaMay
Hidden Under the Corporate Ladder gives a brutally honest look inside a scandalous Fortune 100 company. The story takes place in Dallas, Texas, in the mid 1990s, as told firsthand by an employee hired to work for a corporation's branch location to figure out why its operation isn't productive...
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
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
The trumpets are sounding, well not really but it sure looks like it all across the south. I'm talking angel's trumpets known botanically as Brugmansia. No matter what the color, white, pink, yellow, apricot, or a shade of red the sight of these flowers hanging downward just seems to capture the imagination.
Fifteen years ago I wrote in ...Read more
It has been called the world's most colorful shrub which is certainly not an exaggeration and I have been in love with it ever since I made my first visit to the Caribbean 30 years ago. If you are a gardener then you probably know the plant I am talking about is the croton.
Crotons are known botanically as Codiaeum variegatum and though I first...Read more
In the last couple of years, there have been few plants that totally overwhelmed me with their beauty in the garden like Everillo. I briefly touched on this incredible sedge last winter but now after watching it for the second year, and seeing it through a brutal summer, even more, I know this is a must-have plant.
I have always lamented that ...Read more
Hurricane Hermine came in and was a tropical storm by the time it reached Savannah and while it left a wake of plant destruction it also magically brought us blooms by the dozens. The storm hit on Friday; on Tuesday morning when we returned after the Labor Day holiday we were welcomed by rain lilies.
Friday the day of Hermine's arrival the rain...Read more