Clock Tower garden, Rome, Ga. plant guide

The new clock tower garden is built on the theme “As Time Goes By.” It has been dedicated to Anne Culpepper of Rome, Ga. This is a smart phone-friendly guide to the plants involved. Something will be in bloom every day of the year. The pictures for this article were taken on May 1, 2019. […]

Saikei—Build a Garden on a Rock.

“Saikei” is a Japanese art form that involves “a garden on a flat surface.” This art form usually involves bonsai, but it can lead to an intriguing chain of experiments. In early 2018 I found and joined a Facebook group entitled “The art of Saikei.” Members of the group showed me many beautiful pictures and […]

How To Use Your Pump Sprayer To Reach Japanese Beetles In A Tall Crape Myrtle

  I had three calls today to let me know that the Japanese beetles had made their appearance. The last message was a text from my good friend Randolph who wanted to know how to get the pesky beetles that were eating up his crape myrtles. I started to explain the process to him but […]

Plant a bonsai on a mountain side in a shallow dish

A friend gave my wife a beautiful small bonsai dish and then a few weeks later, the same friend presented me with a carefully-chosen small evergreen that was well shaped and only needed a touch up to become an excellent bonsai starter. The plant is chamaecyparis obtusa nana lutea The dish was rather shallow and […]

Proper Pruning for Petunias—Keep them compact and blooming all season.

Petunias are beautiful, quick, and fun to grow. Here’s how to keep them pretty all summer. Trude visited us the other day. She said, “John, you said you would tell me how to grow a well-shaped petunia, but you never did.” I reached for the pruning shears and led her over to a nice plant […]

How to fix a water hose that kinks and leaks

Do you need a new water hose or do you need to try these simple directions to get the kinks and leaks out of your life? Watering plants and meditation go well together unless you have to constantly stop and unkink the hose. This is a simple concept and I don’t want to insult anyone, […]

Early Spring Pictures From A Meditation Garden

Laura Adams got a new camera and made some beautiful pictures of the Myrtle Hill meditation garden in early spring. The garden in the historical cemetery in Rome, Georgia, was started in 2016. There seems to be something magic about this garden. It was built on the theme of “Three Rivers and Seven Hills,” and […]

A Garden Tour of the Callaway Estate in LaGrange, Georgia. Part one of several

Let me tell you a secret. There is a magnificent garden to visit in LaGrange, Georgia. My wife and I made plans to go to LaGrange for a Saturday visit with some friends. Dekie and I like to visit small towns and see the sights, the architecture, and to just get a feel for the […]

Grow your own Hydrangea Plants From Cuttings.

Just like Grandma did Rooting Hydrangeas in April. You can start your own hydrangea plants in April just like Grandma did in the “Good old days.” (I’m writing this article on April 6 in Northwest Georgia. At this time of year your hydrangea plants could look different according to how far north or south you […]

How to mix your own super potting soil

My secret formula for making good potting soil and saving money. Good, clean potting soil, it’s cheap, and it really works. I need to repot some older plants and plant some new ones. I’m going to need a lot of potting soil and potting soil is expensive. I’ve been thinking about it for some time […]