more about: Vines

Your Lamp Post Needs A Mandevilla — It’s The Law!

Attention, scofflaws! Grumpy has been making the neighborhood rounds seeing who is in compliance with Federal Law #5371365, Sect. A, Paragraph 6, Part 2, which states, “All mailboxes and lamp posts on private property in view of the street shall be used as supports for growing mandevilla vines during the summer.” And I have been shocked — SHOCKED — to […]

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Morning Glory Turns Brown Thumbs Green

Does your tree-of-heaven consider your yard hell? Does your resurrection fern refuse to rise? Does your prayer plant even have one? In other words, are you a horribly incompetent gardener who most plants rightly fear? Well, let’s turn around that sad situation by growing a lovely vine that’s simple as can be. 

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Vines To Purty Up Your House

Everybody (except for those trashy neighbors across the street) wants the front of their house to look purty to folks that pass by. This is called curb appeal. Grumpy spied this excellent example a few days ago. The homeowners had framed their front porch with a lovely, native vine called Carolina jessamine. Now ain’t that purty?

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Five Monster Vines You Must Never Plant

Vines can be beautiful additions to the garden, but some of them are rampaging monsters. Here are five you should NEVER plant if you value your home, your environment, and your sleeping cat.

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Jessamine and Jasmine — Two Fine Vines

They’re vines, they’re evergreen, they have fragrant and showy flowers, and their names sound alike. If you have something in your garden you want covered fast, they just might be the ticket — Carolina jessamine and Confederate jasmine.

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Pruning Trumpet Honeysuckle

Question from Desperate Reader: Could you tell me how and when to prune an ‘Alabama Crimson’ trumpet honeysuckle? Right now, it is a tangled, huge mess, but I don’t want to ruin the spring bloom.

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P. Allen Smith Meets the Grumpy Gardener!

TV’s gardening rock star P. Allen Smith  has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but nothing like the one he will be accorded tomorrow. For it is then, at his home in Arkansas, where he will finally realize his life’s ambition — meeting me, the Grumpy Gardener. P. Allen (ever wonder what the “P” stands for? I’ll […]

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Itching to Scratch Some Poison Ivy!

Introducing the Most Hated Plant in America, the plant that has caused more misery, embarrassment , and disfigurement than all of the quack plastic surgeons in Costa Rica put together. Poison ivy. Poison ivy (Toxicondendron radicans) is a rampant vine native to much of the eastern U.S. So for all you dimwits out there who proclaim native plants are always better […]

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Don’t Reject This Rambling Rector — Grumpy Rates A Rose

Every now and again, the Grump likes to escape from the office and see what intelligent people are actually growing. So this week, I hopped into a ramshackle SUV and scooted a couple of hours northwest to Florence, Alabama to visit fellow garden blogger Phillip Oliver.   Phillip’s labyrinthine backyard garden makes the spring garden tour almost every year. Beautiful […]

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Horrible, Wonderful Honeysuckle

Forgive me, but I’m terribly conflicted. I just walked by a plant that I love to see and smell in spring and hate to see anytime else. Japanese honeysuckle. This rampant vine has probably engendered more fond childhood memories than any other plant. Remember when the sudden surprise of honeysuckle fragrance told you that spring was here? Remember pinching off the […]

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