Home and Gardening

Gardening projects, tips and other related stuff I found of interest

We Got Very Lucky

Intense weather is often a fact of life here in Florida. We experienced that when three tornados hit the Tallahassee area last Friday. One person lost their life and there was extensive damage. We got very lucky. We had some tree damage and minor damage to our home.

“Poofing” Up The Garden

Started annual pruning, weeding and mulching we do in the garden at our home here in Tallahassee. I had some pine straw bales in the garage most of the winter and used these to get started. They were dry. My wife complained it was too "poofy" after I got it laid down.
Garage Doors

Recommended: Kelly’s Garage Door Services

All three of the belts for our Liftmaster garage door openers failed in the past two months. We called Kelly's Garage Door Services and they got the repairs made quickly at a reasonable cost.

Hurricane Idalia Skirts By

Just finished most of the cleanup from Hurricane Idalia. Things looked like they could get pretty bad as it headed north and became a Cat 4 storm early this morning. It made landfall to the southeast and tracked away from us so impact was minimal.
Pruning the Privet

Pruning the Privet

We have a ten-foot hedge of Ligustrum Japonicum, commonly known as "privet" or "Japanese Privet." This hedge grows a foot or more every year. I prune it back every summer before the buds set to try to keep it at about ten feet. Even at this height, it is a challenge to prune.
Tropical Storm Idalia

Watching Idalia

Still way too early to know what TS Idalia is going to do, but looks like it could be a bit of a challenging week here in North Florida. Time to run through your checklist and be prepared.
The Flemings 2023 New Year Shirts

New Year Shirts!

We have an annual family tradition. Every year, we get the same tee shirts and wear them on New Year's Day. This year's are a light gray. From our family to yours, we wish you a happy, health, and prosperous new year!
Tropical Storm Nicole Expected Path

Batten Down the Hatches…

Hurricane Nicole made landfall in Florida today just to remind us all that Mother Nature sets her own schedule. We spent the night last night "battening down the hatches" here at our home in Tallahassee. Looks like will just be a rain event with 20-30 mph winds here. Hope everyone stays safe and has minimal impact from the storm.
Door Number 2

Lowell’s Window Repair – Recommended

We live on the 12th hole of Southwood. There are 3 or 4 lost balls in the yard every week. Someone finally managed to break a window a few weeks back. Lowell's was out and had it repaired in less than two weeks.
August Gardening in Tallahassee 4

August Gardening in Tallahassee

Not that many plants bloom in August in Tallahassee, but the wet summer has helped strengthen the lawn and kept it a deep shade of green.

Agapanthus Blooming — June 2021

My wife and I worked on the camellia and agapanthus beds on the south-facing side of our home this past weekend. Got some help from the visiting sister-in-law and another "local"....
Spring Cleaning Feb 2021 (1)

Spring Cleaning in the Garden

This weekend the weather pattern finally changed in Tallahassee. I took the opportunity to start a bit of "spring cleaning" out in the garden.