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1,000 Daffodils

The Helena beautification board along with volunteers planted 1000 daffodil bulbs at the Welcome Center on Saturday. “This is a part of our overall beautification effort in the city” said Beautification Board Secretary Ana Baker. “Daffodils are among the easiest to grow bulbs are low maintenance and bring a big splash of color. We are encouraging every Helena resident and business to plant daffodils in their front yards and at their businesses. Come Spring, stand back and behold the color!”

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Together, We make Helena Beautiful! Pictured L to R: Leslie Bartlett, Laura Joseph, Christina Levio, Chris VanCleave, Ana Baker, Patrick Wright and Peggy Holly

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Helena City Councilwoman Leslie Bartlett with volunteer Larura Joseph chat during the bulb planting event at the city’s welcome center

 

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“Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the cities beautification efforts” – C. VanCleave, Helena Beautification Board Chairman

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Together, We make Helena Beautiful

Plant Bulbs NOW for Spring Blooms

Fall is a great time to begin thinking about spring flowers. October and November are prime bulb planting months in Helena so I would encourage you to order and plant spring flowering bulbs now. Local garden shops also have a great selection of bulbs to choose from. Daffodils are an old favorite, are easy to grow and provide a burst of much needed color after the long months of winter.

Spring Daffodils in Alabama

Spring Daffodils in Alabama

Plant daffodil bulbs in well draining soil in an area that receives a good amount of sunshine. I plant my bulbs 3-4 inches below the surface. Many catalogs advise 5-6 inches but that is really for colder climates.  I add a slow release fertilizer and water in. Sit back and wait for signs of spring.

The Helena Beautification Board will be planting 1,000 daffodil bulbs this fall in the city. Planting days will be Saturday October 25 from 8-12 noon and Saturday November 1. We will meet at the caboose in Old Town and will divide up into groups to begin planting. Gardening experts will be on hand to answer questions and to help everyone get started. We’ll even answer questions about growing bulbs in your own garden. Come out and join us

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Coming Soon! The Greatest Southern Gardening Book of All Time!

The revised Southern Living Garden Book will be released in January 2015. Be sure to check it out. You might find the name of a Helena resident you recognize in the credits…..

The Daily South

Southrn Living Garden Book 

Incredibly wise gardeners who bought the last Southern Living Garden Book (above) published in 2004 are always asking me: “When are you going to revise it? A lot has changed in 10 years.” Grumpy has heard your pleas. And he is delighted to announce that an all-new, completely revised edition will set the world on its ear in January 2015!!!

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The Worst Plant in the World

Southern Living’s Grumpy Gardening has a word to the wise

The Daily South

Chameleon PlantPhoto: www-baumschule-horstmann-de

This plant sure looks pretty, doesn’t it? Kinda like English ivy with kaleidoscopic leaves of red, pink, yellow, and green. It sports pretty white flowers too. DO NOT PLANT IT! If you do, you will be sorrier than Angelina Jolie after she married Billy Bob Thornton.

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5 Reasons to Brake for Roadside Stands

Great post today from the Southern Living Blog on Roadside Stands.

The Daily South

e9ca54d27ba3b665#7804_7194No region has mastered the roadside stand like ours. From boiled peanuts to sun-ripened peaches to made-to-order po’boys, our highways and byways boast an astonishing variety of just-picked, hand-canned, fresh-caught, hot-fried foods.

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Come GROW With Us!

This spring, the Helena Beautification Board has been busy planting new shrubs in Old Town. These shrubs of Double KnockOut Roses and Rosemary will provide color, texture and fragrance to the landscape while keeping with the look and feel of the area. Other projects are being planned as well as clean up days for area parks. 

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Thanks to all our volunteers who come out to make these work days a success. Together, we are making Helena Beautiful.

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 Work Days for the Helena Beautification Board are the third Saturday of each month and your invited to participate.
Check out Facebook Page for times and locations. 

Start Zinnia Seeds Indoors For Early Blooms

Helena Beautification Board Chairman offers seed starting tips on his blog today. Growing zinnias from seed is an easy way to brighten up your garden space.

The Redneck Rosarian

Zinnias complement our roses with beautiful blooms Zinnias complement our roses with beautiful blooms

If there is one flower I must have in the garden other than roses, it is zinnias. One of the easiest flowers to grow, Zinnias provide a multitude of blooms all season long.  To get a jump start on the season, I typically sow seeds indoors in early March and by the time April comes round, i’m ready to plant them in the ground or in containers.

I start with Jiffy seed pellets. Very inexpensive (less than $3) at local stores.

I start with Jiffy soil pelletts I start with Jiffy soil pelletts

Place the seed pellets them in a tray or other container. I have one seed starting tray that I bought several years ago for this purpose, and I reuse it every year, but any container will do. I also use pie pans, butter bowls or the proverbial dixie cup…..

Add warm water to expand the pelletsadd warm water to cover the pellets…

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