more about: Vines

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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Smell My Sweet Clematis

The Grump firmly believes that people should smell good at all times, which is why he showers in Brut every morning. He thinks gardens should smell good too, which is why he covered the arbor entry to his side garden with a vine called Armand clematis. Unlike most species of clematis, this one (Clematis armandii) is evergreen. Each leaf consists of […]

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Six Plants I Still Can’t Live Without

A while back, the Grump linked to highly intelligent garden bloggers from across the country, so that each of us could present “The Six Plants I Can’t Live Without.” It was a lot of fun and incited a lot of discussion and possible future warfare. The July 2009  issue of Southern Living mentions this blogathon, so if you missed it the […]

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Six Plants I Can’t Live Without

Grumpians, what six plants if eliminated from the Universe would drive you to the brink of despair? That is the monumental question I and other bloggers from around the country wrestle with this week. Read my list below, then click on the links to read the other blogs. Don’t agree with our choices? Tell us yours! 1. Native Azaleas—Evergreen azaleas from […]

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The Bittersweet Truth — A Menace Among Us

People aren’t the only ones giving thanks this time of year. Bittersweet vine is so grateful you planted it that’s it’s decided to strangle everything in your yard.

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Fine Vine – A Spectacular Native Plant You Will Love

Native plants are the best plants. Everybody knows that. Well, Grumpy has discovered the most beautiful native vine of all that you’re sure to want for your garden.

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Cypress Vine

Q: Hi: Just read the article in September issue about cypress vine. These are my questions: I live in Nashville. Can I purchase the plant in this area or do I have to order seeds from the sites you provided? What type of exposure does the vine need; I have a lot of shade/part shade in my yard. Any other […]

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Bougainvillea Won’t Bloom

Q: My bougainvillea vine was blooming when I bought it and has grown like a weed.  Someone told me not to water it too much so I’ve withheld water–still no blooms.  What kind of fertilizer should I use?  It gets some shade.

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