Tomatoes are an integral part of summer in the south. There's nothing like picking a ripe tomato off the vine. Whether you make a delicious tomato sandwich, tomato pie, or toss them in a garden salad, tomatoes are a sure sign that summer is here. Growing your own tomatoes can save you a lot of money and the taste is of a fresh homegrown tomato is well worth the effort. Here … [Read more...] about Top Tomato Growing Tips
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The scent of a gardenia is unmistakable, the sweet delicate perfumy aroma brings to mind intoxicating light flowery smells of fresh-cut flowers. Just a waft in the breeze is a signature scent that can be identified immediately by anyone who has ever smelled it before. Gardenia is such a classic Southern plant that many Southerners assume it originated here. It did not. … [Read more...] about A History of Gardenias
As North Carolinians find ways to get outside and enjoy the final days of summer while social distancing an outdoor garden by the sea seems like the perfect answer! Generations of locals and tourists travel to the historic property and leave amazed by the breathtaking display of elaborate gardens, local wildlife, historic structures, walking trails, sculptures, 10-acres of … [Read more...] about Explore Airlie Gardens: A Historical Garden by the Sea
Spanish Moss clinging to Live Oak Trees is imagery connected to the South. We see it swaying along with the tree limbs and picture old Southern Plantations and ornate Southern gardens. And while it does grow in the Southeast from Virginia and the Carolinas down to Alabama and all the way over to Texas, it actually grows just about everywhere. The plant consists of one or … [Read more...] about Why Is It Called “Spanish Moss”?
If you're getting antsy to put on your gardening gloves and get out in the yard, here's a guide to planning and preparing your Spring garden. Start with this checklist as soon as weather permits, and you'll save more time later for planting seeds and starter plants and tending to this year's garden. Start Cleaning Up Your Garden Get debris out of the way by raking … [Read more...] about Planning A Spring Garden