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The Nighttime Will Whisper with Longleaf Pine
by Bob Brzuszek - February 2011

Pines give form to much of the South’s landscape. They are the bones, the gestalt – the background in which our gardens exist. Forget for a moment their enormous importance to our history and economy; pines create that special sense of place in the South that all the Southern magnolias together could not evoke. Magnolias do not whisper at night under a gentle wind as pines do; instead they clatter like dish pots.

Pines in the South are not perceived in the same way as other landscape trees, and are often the trees removed in order to plant showier species. Yet as I visit gardens in the South that are devoid of pines, it always seems that something is missing. Pines are not the prima donnas of the woods, but rather the nurse crop, the dominating matriarch under which all the other rich abundance of plants in our region exist.   >> read article

Crape Murder Rates Still High Throughout America!
by Melissa Burdick - January 2011

There's a very sweet elderly lady, we'll call her Geneva, who lives a few houses down from me; she has a crapemyrtle in her front yard. There's a helpful, slightly bombastic man, we'll call him Sam, who lives a few houses up on the other side; he has a chainsaw. Sam is always willing to lend a hand to a neighbor for any little chore, from fixing a roof to busting up an old stump ... but one day he got it into his head that Geneva's crapemyrtle really needed to be pruned. And so out came the chainsaw and off went its head.   >> read article

Winter Daphne
by Mark Mayeske - January 2011

There are just not that many landscape plants that boast beautiful blooms in late winter. For all but the coastal areas of the South, February tends to be more of a planning month, even though it's camellia season. The likes of Lenten rose, Carolina jessamine, forsythia and daffodils are also there, building anticipation of spring. Beyond these, however, you have to do a little searching to find a shrub that provides spectacular winter interest.   >> read article

Create Your Own Garden Journal
by Sharon Bowen - November 2009

If you have trouble remembering the names of the plants in your garden or the last time you fertilized, then consider keeping a garden journal. A garden journal is a great way to get organized and keep a record of what’s happening in your garden. This can be a big help to both the experienced gardener and someone just getting started.

Garden journals are available at bookstores or specialty stores, but it’s simple to make your own. You can personalize the design, track the things that interest you and make it expandable. Then, you can use it year after year and change it whenever you want.   >> read article

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