In The Garden


A Breath of Fresh Air

More commonly known as “air plants,” Tillandsias are the largest genus of the bromeliad family. Air plants are an oddity in the plant world because they don’t require soil.

Little Vases

After setting out all those plants in the spring, it is now time to cut some foliage and flowers and bring them into the house to enjoy.

From Garden to Table

Every year, some people who would never grow an entire vegetable garden will buy a tomato plant to set in a pot just to experience the unbelievable flavor of a homegrown tomato. Nothing beats the taste and satisfaction you get from produce that you plant and harvest with your own hands.

Gardening with Vision

I think the most essential tool used while gardening isn’t gloves, pruners, or even a hand trowel. If you want to be a really good gardener, the eyes are as essential to gardening as the tools in your shed.

Winter’s Casualties

We’ve been spoiled in Birmingham, because our winters have been so mild the last few years. Tender annuals and tropical plants have been over wintering, becoming perennials, but this past winter was brutal.

Decorate Your Garden

Most people who own a house typically have a yard, but when the yard is “decorated,” it becomes a garden, a little piece of paradise right outside the door.

Have a Green House

If your home is looking empty after removing all the holiday garland, you might want to invest in a few interior plants to fill the space.

Bloom’n Bulbs for the Holidays

Good news! We don’t have to wait several months for daffodils to bloom to enjoy the beauty of bulbs. During winter’s cool weather, we can get our gardening fix by bringing amaryllis and paper white bulbs indoors to brighten our homes and make the season merrier. Amaryllis plants have large, exotic-looking blooms that vary in shades of red, pink, and white depending on the selection. Paper whites produce clusters of small, white, fragrant blooms.

Beauty and the Feast

The chilly weather makes us a little sad that we can’t bite into summer’s juicy, flavorful tomatoes, but we may give thanks that melt-in-your-mouth winter greens are plentiful and here for the pick’n.

Gardening on the Dark Side

Last spring, I stepped into the dark side as I planted the flower border. I looked for plants that had dark burgundy or blackish foliage to combine with annuals and perennials. Echoing these hues throughout the border created repetition, and the dark colors looked nice all summer but really came into play in the fall when mixed with yellow, orange and red flowers and pumpkins. These colors combined to make a Halloween treat.

Jar Full of Joy

Fall provides an explosion of color. by Charlie Thigpen   Photography by Chuck St. John      In September, summer blooms collide with fall flowers for an explosion of color. As our night temperatures dip and begin to push away summer’s stifling heat, some of the warm season plants are rejuvenated and look fresh again… Read More