Until you can plant, read

By: Sandy Hodson on October 2, 2009 - 12:01pm - Add new comment

The Augusta area garden clubs are joining the national effort to help fight breast cancer through the Plant It Pink special project.

   Pat Hathaway, president of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs said the local clubs will be planting pink flowers and ornamentals throughout the year in support of raising awareness and finding a cure.

By: Sandy Hodson on September 25, 2009 - 11:14am - Add new comment

   OMG! In the interest of research to prepare for today’s Gnome, we hit the Layman Wholesale Nurseries sale last week and were blown away. They have unbelievable choices of flowers at terrific prices.

   The most expensive thing we saw was $50 Japanese maples that would easily run three to four times that much retail.

By: Sandy Hodson on September 21, 2009 - 12:52pm - Add new comment

   It’s time! Not only is there a terrific plant swap and sale tomorrow at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, two local wholesalers are opening their doors to the public.

By: Sandy Hodson on September 10, 2009 - 1:28pm - Add new comment

I never had the honor of knowing Sgt. Marni Glista, but someday I hope to travel to her home state in Washington to visit her memorial garden.

Sgt. Glista was attacked by a serial killer in her Augusta home. She died nine years ago Wednesday. She was only 21.

The saddest day of my life was the day my mother died. The second worst came three months later as I watched the tears flow down the face of Marni’s mother as she testified about the sorrow and pain of losing a daughter.

By: Sandy Hodson on September 7, 2009 - 1:57pm - Add new comment

   Ah, September. Temperatures are dropping a little and it won’t be long until the neighbor’s giant oak trees drop their loads in our yard. Leaf raking is the only bad thing about fall.

By: Sandy Hodson on August 31, 2009 - 12:41pm - Add new comment

   Last weekend when my buddy Sheila and I were checking out what’s new and what’s coming soon at a couple of our favorite nurseries, I turned to see she had picked up a pot of goldenrod. 

By: Sandy Hodson on August 20, 2009 - 5:47pm - Add new comment

After I wrote about chores to do in August a few weeks weeks, I got a call from a gardener asking about transplanting irises.

 Since I have collected many irises _ first from my Aunt Martha (who is really my paternal grandmother's cousin, figure that out), via my mother, from my neighbor Beckey who got them from her sister, and from our buddy and award-winning outdoors writer Rob Pavey, who had been on a flower rescue mission _ I have a little experience with transplanting irises.

By: Sandy Hodson on August 13, 2009 - 1:09pm - Add new comment

 I have a confession to make. I’m scared of my hydrangeas, scared of pruning them because of all the dire warnings about cutting off next year’s bloom.

And frankly I’m tried of taking cuttings only to see them die without so much as a "goodbye" or "see you in the next life".

By: Sandy Hodson on August 7, 2009 - 4:19pm - Add new comment

I find it impossible to choose which crapemyrtle color is my favorite. It seems to come down to which one I’m looking at.

If you’re not sure what crapemyrtles are, they are the flowering trees you see seemingly everywhere right now. They are especially gorgeous this year, so much so I wanted to learn more about them and sought out an expert, George Barrett of the Barrett Tree Co., which is not a retail operation. (sorry.) 

By: Sandy Hodson on August 3, 2009 - 11:22am - Add new comment

August. Ugh. What an awful month. It’s so freaking hot I can barely stand to go outside. The flowers, those still among the living, look faded and sad. And everything needs watering as mosquitoes feast on me, laughing at the deep-woods bug spray.

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