Ebenezer Scrooge is famous for responding to others' greeting of “Merry Christmas,” with his trademark, “Bah! Humbug!” Many people feel this way about Valentine’s Day. I get it, with our cultural commercialization and high-pressure focus on an idealized romantic love. But, far be it from me to throw cold water on this holiday. After all, … Continue reading Valentine's Day: What Love Is This?
Throughout the winter months, we depend on many varieties of camellias to provide color and interest to Gulf Coast gardens. In fact, it is Alabama's state flower. The first five pictures I'm showing today are not from my garden. Only the last collage is the camellia from my frontyard. These three beauties you see above … Continue reading Six On Saturday: Just Camellias
I have a high tolerance for weeds. That’s not a good thing. Any diligent gardener knows it’s a never-ending war. You must stay on top of the battles, or the weeds will take over your territory. Never mind the excuses. Wild things don’t care. If you aren’t there to eradicate them, they continue to grow … Continue reading Six Pix on Saturday: The Lazy Gardener's Approach to Weeds
How can I choose just six? Reviewing my photo file was a good experience to evaluate last year's garden efforts and set a few goals for 2020. But there were so many things I loved. I'll start with this pink Knockout Rose. It's a dependable bloomer during most of the year in our climate. You … Continue reading Six Pix on Saturday: 2019 Garden Favorites
Let's stay inside on this rainy Saturday. I'll show you some of my favorite books about gardening, that have been helpful to me through the years. At the top of my list are several publications by Oxmoor House, who produces Southern Living magazine. My mother subscribed to that monthly periodical from Issue 1, Volume 1 … Continue reading Six on Saturday: Gardening Resources
Today, December 14, 2019, my home state of Alabama is celebrating its 200th Anniversary. There have been special events all year, but today is the grand finale in downtown Montgomery. I'm not there, but I'm paying tribute in this post. We have to acknowledge the sins of our history where slavery was integral to the … Continue reading Six Pix on Saturday – or Seven
Pardon me, while I make some adjustments to my blog schedule. I'm going to shift my Monday blog to Tuesday and do a less wordy Saturday blog. As always, I reserve the right to change my mind. 🙂 As you'll see today, there are six pictures with some captions or brief explainations. There's lots to … Continue reading Saturday Six Pix