Hidden Ginger

Don’t you love pass-a-long plants? A good friend shared some Hidden Ginger, aka Queen Lily (Curcuma petiolata) rhizomes with me early last fall. I immediately potted them up in containers to grow them for the following spring. Surprisingly enough, they survived the
August 24, 2023

Prairie dock, prairie rosinweed

Prairie dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) lines the roadside edge of our Piedmont Prairie Exhibit at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. This plant is towering over the grasses and other prairie plants at about 10 feet tall. At this time of year, mid to
August 28, 2023

What Is It? Wednesday – Pickleworm

What caused the hole in the side of this cucumber? (Nothing is wrong with the color. This cultivar is called Silver Slicer.) This week’s question is a review from a post Tom Bilbo wrote recently about pickleworms. Pickleworms feed on the blooms
August 23, 2023

Vinca: The Trouble with Common Names

Latin scientific names can be challenging to pronounce but are tremendously important. We can communicate without ambiguity because each plant has only one scientific name. In contrast, a plant may have more than one common name, and common names may vary by
August 21, 2023

Weed Control in Landscapes: Herbicides

Summary Effective landscape weed control involves using different ways to suppress weeds, such as weed-free mulch and preventing weeds from going to seed near landscape beds. Preemergent and postemergent herbicides are also effective ways to control weeds in landscapes. The tables below
August 18, 2023

Italian Stone Pine Likes My Stingy Approach to Watering

Because I value potable water, I prioritize its use. Edibles and newly planted shrubs and trees, which are highly vulnerable to drought stress, earn the right to receive water from my spigot. When plants become established, meaning that they’ve regenerated enough roots to
August 17, 2023

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