Did you know that the common boxwood is the world’s oldest cultivated ornamental plant? That’s right. The Egyptians were adorning their gardens with it as far back as 4,000 BC. And ever since then, people have been trying to decide whether they should pamper their boxwood or feed it to the camels.
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As you know, faithful readers, ‘Humble” is Grumpy’s middle name. Therefore, he is loathe to toot his own horn, even when he has every right to do so. So when the Garden Writer’s Association (GWA) recently gave Grumpy a Silver Award for his September 2011 story in Southern Living, “Good Bones Make Good Gardens,” he instinctively sought to dodge the […]
Grumpy has been inundated lately by queries from people who want to know if it’s OK to transplant trees or shrubs to new locations now. Grumpy’s answer: Only if you really want to kill them. Vicki’s inquiry is typical. She writes (well, types): “I have a white ‘Natchez’ crepe myrtle tree next to my pool. It is full of beautiful, white […]