In 2012 the US Department of Agriculture released a new Zone Map
that reflects the overall rising temperatures of our times. Where much of middle Tennessee had previously been considered to be in zone 6, the updated map showed our area to now be solidly in zone 7. And the last decade or so of middle Tennessee winters certainly backed that up. Until the endless, grindingly cold winter of 2013-2014, that is. Seasonal Affective Disorder, anyone? But at least we humans have been mostly inside. Our landscapes have suffered through weather they haven’t faced in a long time.
Those mild winters year after year encouraged gardeners and landscapers alike to put in plants that formerly wouldn’t have been considered appropria...Read more
Posted on 02/18/2014 at 12:00:00 AM
Well, gang, the unfortunate emergence of super bugs and super diseases marches on. You might want to work up a Plan B for that shade bed where you plant impatiens every summer.
Latest in the disease onslaught is Impatiens Downy Mildew (IDM). This fungus-like pathogen attacks our beloved bedding impatiens (Impatiens walleriana), which includes such popular strains as ‘Super Elfin’, ‘Accent’, ‘Dazzler’ and many more, plus the doubles, minis and ‘Butterfly’ types, along with old fashioned Balsam Impatiens and the wild orange jewelweed and yellow touch-me-not. Last summer (2012 season) IDM hit the Nashville area like a ton of bricks. If your impatiens were looking good and then started looking ...Read more
Posted on 04/10/2013 at 11:15:00 PM
You don’t have to be a green thumb or a gourmet cook to want an herb garden. Even if you don’t use them in the kitchen, just their lovely aroma wafting in the warm summer air is a delight. And if you do use them in your cooking — oh, what a difference fresh herbs make!
If, like lots of people, you’ve struggled to grow herbs successfully here in middle Tennessee, don’t despair. Growing herbs in our part of the world can be done with great success. You just have to give the tasty little fellers the conditions they want.
Generalizing hugely, there are two main categories of herbs: perennial ‘permanent’ herbs like thyme and rosemary, and annual/biennial herbs like basil and parsley. Perennial herbs a...Read more
Posted on 04/07/2013 at 12:00:00 AM
As I write, it’s gloomy, dank, and unpleasantly cold. You know, one of those breezy winter days when it’s way nicer to be looking out the window, hand wrapped around a warm mug of something caffeinated, than to be out in the garden. Only the bravest plants have the gumption to bloom at this time of year. My yard hosts one such rugged perennial that I simply adore: Hellebore, aka Lenten Rose.
This isn’t just one of my favorite early-blooming perennials. I consider hybrid hellebores to be one of the best perennials for our area, bar none. Here are its strengths:
It takes dry shade when established
Deer don’t eat it; I repeat, DEER DON’T EAT IT; neither do voles or rabbits
It’s generally disease-free in the garden
Depending on the type, it multiplies on its own without becoming a thug
And, of course, it blooms its head off usually starting in late January
Weaknesses? I don’t know of any. Well, it’s not native, if you’re doing a strictly native garden, I guess. Unfortunately there’s no nativ...Read more
Posted on 03/05/2013 at 12:00:00 AM
Yo. Kit here. That’s Mr. Kit to some of you.
Everyone around here’s been freaking out about the mild winter we’re having, then griping when it turns cold. I, for one, prefer the lower temps because I can now justify my winter weight. The other day a customer asked if I was expecting. Naturally, I clawed him.
So to come to the point of my post, your days of being able to use Kit Kash are numbered. The good news is you get one more day than usual to redeem your Kash because this is a leap year. The bad news: that still leaves only eight more days, including today. And we have a lot of new spring merchandise that customers and my staff alike have been oohing and aahing over, so I wouldn’t dally if I were you. July’s a long way off. (That’s the next time you’ll be able to spend Kit Kash.)
And another thing. It’s Kit Kash. Not kitty bucks, or kit katz, or cat cash. It’s two simple words: Kit Kash. Kit. Kash. Now get in here and love on me.
Posted on 02/22/2012 at 12:00:00 AM