October is one of the most pleasant months to be outdoors. The average temperature ranges from 54° to 74° with just under four inches of rain during the month. I have always welcomed the arrival of sweater weather!
I once toured a large Memphis garden that had frilly pink poppies growing in the rose garden about the same height as the rose bushes. The lady who owned the garden told me she collected the dried seed pods every year at the end of the season and shook them like pepper shakers throughout the…
During the hot dry months of late summer, one of the last things that enters our minds is wet soil. However, heavy watering sometimes reveals low areas of our lawns and gardens where water gets trapped and stands for long periods.
Weeding has been easier this summer in the garden at Douglass High School. There are significantly fewer weeds, and the ones we have come up more easily. I recently pulled up a dandelion and the entire five-inch root came up without breaking!
A daylily flower lasts only one day. This could make it a symbol of fleeting beauty except for the plant’s toughness and the fact that each plant produces many scapes (stems) bearing numerous buds that open in succession for weeks. Nothing fleeting about that.
We love plants for their color, their form, sometimes their fruit, and often. their fragrance. Sometimes the smallest flowers make up for their size by producing the strongest scents. Sweet alyssum is a low-growing annual that produces clusters of small flowers that smell like honey. Sometim…
While other people were clearing the shelves of toilet paper, I was at Dan West cramming 14 azalea plants into the back of my CR-V (The Mulchmobile). It isn’t hoarding when it’s about plants, is it?
When I need lawn or gardening information, I usually restrict my search to sources in the southeast part of the country. I don’t care if Martha Stewart has beautiful delphiniums in Connecticut or New York. "The Mid-South Garden Guide" tells me delphiniums won’t thrive in our humidity and hot…
The year 2020 is a big one for Memphis Area Master Gardeners (MAMG). It’s been 25 years since the first class graduated at the old Extension Service building on Shelby Oaks Drive.
“If you don’t like Memphis weather, stick around. It’ll change.” We hear it all the time, but especially in winter and spring. Within days or even hours, our weather can fluctuate between balmy or bone-chilling, sunny or soggy, still or stormy.