This past weekend, I started planting cool-season color in my 25-gallon citrus containers.
Warm days, cool days, stormy days. Oh my! November has offered us a varied menu so far. But weather aside, November is a sort of stepchild among months, sandwiched between October and December --Halloween and Christmas -- arguably two of the best-loved holidays. But I refuse to ignore Thanksgiving.
I love the annual color we can grow all winter in most of our Mississippi gardens and landscapes, so I'm going to spend a few weeks concentrating on cool-season color. Dianthus is my first choice for fall color.
Some plants all but beg to be grown and shared. Spreading around the world and across all cultures and languages like a children's hand-held string game, they easily bring diverse people together with good cheer.
The fall and winter seasons mean it's time for colorful pansy, viola and dianthus. But the changing seasons also mean that home gardeners who grow citrus will soon harvest delicious fruit -- satsuma, kumquat, Meyer lemon, oh my!
How does your garden stack up with artful accessories?
Those of you who keep up with Southern Gardening know that I'm a real fan of salvias.
The 40th Fall Flower and Garden Fest at the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Branch Station in Crystal Springs is behind us, and I have to say that it was one of the best I've ever attended.
Last week I had a rush of deja vu when I saw the first flush of a special pink autumn flower that came to me through three generations of family gardeners.
October? Are you kidding me? Not with these temperatures. Oh wait -- just as I was losing all hope that fall would arrive, a slight cool snap was forecast.
Goldenrod is getting cranked up, and people are starting to sneeze ... but blaming the wrong culprits.
Finally, we're going to start enjoying some cooler weather, and just in time. I've wanted to start writing about the fantastic cool-season color, but I've had to wait until the summertime heat starts to cool.
This summer has seemed endless: hot, humid and just miserable. As a gardener, I know, or maybe hope, relief will soon be on the way.
Everyone has their favorite season, but to me autumn is the best, a time to set out a little stuff for winter and next spring while wrapping up the summer garden, then basking in recollections.
Some gardeners are standard-setting bullies, criticizing neighbors for doing what's been perfectly acceptable for centuries.
Although we're finally into the fall season, it's still 90 degrees outside across Mississippi.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Mississippi gardens have just started getting a little less rosy.
When summer starts to roll around to autumn, some gardens and landscapes nearly start all over, as worn-out summer annuals are composted and new seasonal selections take their place.
Too bad my tummy doesn't have eyes to better appreciate the colorful goodies I'm about to send its way right out of my little container garden.
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.