more about: Trees and Shrubs

Grumpy Serves Up Great Fall Color

I hope you had a great fall before the Polar Vortex lowered the boom. Here at Grumpy Central in Alabama, we had a spectacular autumn. Here are just a few of the stars of the show from Grumpy’s garden and neighborhood.

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Coral Bark Maple — A Tree For All Seasons

Years ago, I planted twin rows of coral bark Japanese maples on each side of the path in my side yard. Every since, when I gaze at them in fall, I thank the Big Guy I did.

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My Beauty Gets Her Beautyberry

Judy and I have an agreement. She’s the Queen of the House. Whatever she says about the inside goes. I’m King of the Garden. I enjoy supremacy there. But very occasionally she requests a special plant be added and the King cannot deny her. So it was this week with a shrub she liked called beautyberry.

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Why Grumpy Hates Fall Color

Why do we have amazing fall foliage one year and barfy fall color the next? Heck if I know.

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The Rose of Fall

On a walk through the neighborhood yesterday, I came upon a glorious shrub with white, pink, and red blooms. It’s the rose of fall that’s not a rose at all.

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No Acorns Means No Squirrels — I’m Good With That

I have this big chestnut oak in my back yard that drops about a ton of big, meaty acorns in fall that squirrels relish. However, a brief examination of the tree yesterday revealed very few acorns this year. Without this vital food source, those fluffy-tailed rats might starve. Aw, nuts.

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Don’t Let These Marijuana Lookalikes Send You To Jail!

Did you see the video of the guy in Georgia who said police raided his home after they mistook the okra he was growing for marijuana? Okra doesn’t look like pot to me, but maybe it does to a cop hovering 60 feet above in a helicopter. Watch and enjoy!

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Fall Color to Die For — Literally

It’s the beginning of fall. You emerge one morning to find that your tree has suddenly turned color a good 4 to 6 weeks early. You find this delightful. You’re not so happy when your tree fails to leaf out next spring. What the heck happened? Is the Big Guy mad at you?

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Evergreens Turning Brown? Blame It On Bagworms

Last week, your evergreen tree looked lush and green. Now it’s been turning brown and decorating itself with little seed cones. What the heck is going on? As always, Grumpy has the answer.

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Why Smart People Plant Chinese Pistache

Chinese pistache is a very good tree. Smart people plant them, which means so should you. Now is the time to do so.

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