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Southern Gardening: Pumpkins, squash and gourds, oh my!

Posted 9/15/2018 in Columns

I came to a shocking realization this past weekend: Even though it still feels like summer, the signs are all around us that fall is about to begin.

In the garden with Felder: Close encounters of the good kind

Posted 9/8/2018 in Columns

Jump back, calm down and move on: Good advice for encounters between gardeners and beneficial reptiles found lurking in out-of-the-way places.

Southern Gardening: Native fall beautyberry belongs in the landscape

Posted 9/8/2018 in Columns

I've noticed a common characteristic among us gardeners. As we go through the year, our favorite plants in the landscape and garden seem to change from week to week.

Playing in the dirt: Timely tips for great autumn blooms

Posted 9/8/2018 in Columns

September was my least favorite month when I worked, because Labor Day was the last day out of school until Thanksgiving.

In the garden with Felder: Up for some competition?

Posted 9/1/2018 in Columns

In competition gardening, it's only partly what you know or your skills that gets the prize. It's also a willingness to jump through hoops.

Southern Gardening: Hot and sweet peppers produce best in the fall

Posted 9/1/2018 in Columns

Several weeks ago, I wrote about looking forward to the time of year when ornamental peppers start strutting their gorgeous fruit colors.

In the garden with Felder: Oh, those pesky critters

Posted 8/25/2018 in Columns

There's little more disheartening than tending a bed or potful of homegrown food this sultry time of year. There are tricks to help pull it off, but they won't ease the angst.

Southern Gardening: Hibiscus family offers varieties for all settings

Posted 8/25/2018 in Columns

Earlier this year, I wrote about an outstanding landscape plant, the Rose of Sharon.

In the garden with Felder: Gardens are more than good looks

Posted 8/18/2018 in Columns

A garden is much more sensory than mere looks; sometimes more memorable features can be found -- eyes closed -- right outside the door.

Southern Gardening: Carefully plan how to meet plants' sun and shade needs

Posted 8/18/2018 in Columns

While visiting my parents in Tennessee this weekend, my dad asked why one of their Annabelle hydrangeas was blooming while another -- growing just 5 feet away -- was not. He asked if I had some special fertilizer or bloom juice that could be applied.

Playing in the dirt: Gardening has seasons, too

Posted 8/11/2018 in Columns

Can I have a Hail State? How about a Hotty Toddy or Roll Tide? Sports seasons roll around with, it seems, greater frequency than Christmas and Easter.

Southern Gardening: Try NuMex, other ornamental peppers

Posted 8/11/2018 in Columns

How have we already turned the corner into August?

In the garden with Felder: Calling a spade a spade

Posted 8/11/2018 in Columns

Call me hard core, but these old muscles appreciate the differences between my shovel and spade.

In the garden with Felder: A different way to share the garden

Posted 8/4/2018 in Columns

A marvel of modern inventions is digital photography, which helps us pay closer attention to and share our gardens easily with others.

Southern Gardening: Expect a fall resurgence of Profusion, Zahara zinnias

Posted 8/4/2018 in Columns

The last few weeks have been hot and humid, and many of my gardening friends are ready for fall's cooler temperatures.

In the garden with Felder: Managing the dog days garden

Posted 7/28/2018 in Columns

These dog days have me in a funk, all but beating the joy out of my little garden.

Southern Gardening: Zinnias are terrific cut flower options

Posted 7/28/2018 in Columns

Because of the oppressive heat and humidity in my coastal landscape and garden, I spent the weekend in the air conditioning, of course.

In the garden with Felder: Herbs do double duty

Posted 7/21/2018 in Columns

Is a herb a herb, even if you don't use it as one?

Southern Gardening: Know when and how much to water landscapes

Posted 7/21/2018 in Columns

As we continue to plow through this hot and humid summer, keeping our plants -- and ourselves -- hydrated is critical to maintaining the summer garden and landscape.

In the garden with Felder: 'Oh, the places you'll go'

Posted 7/14/2018 in Columns

Pardon my getting maudlin, but how do you get rid of old plants that you've carefully nurtured for decades? Those that aren't ready for the compost pile?

 

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