Pinch azaleas and rhododendron blossoms as they fade. Double flowered azaleas need no pinching.
Plant hardy water lilies in tubs or garden pools.
Begin planting warm-season annuals.
Plant summer bulbs such as caladiums, dahlias, cannas and elephant ears.
Set out peppers and eggplants after soils have warmed. Plant sweet potatoes now.
Take houseplants outdoors when nights will remain above 50 degrees. Most prefer only direct morning sun.
Sink houseplants up to their rims in soil or mulch to conserve moisture. Fertilize regularly.
May 6 Fancy Tea with Mommy and Me at The Butterfly House
May 11 Grapes in the Garden
May 12 Shaw Wildflower Market at Shaw Nature Reserve
May 13 Mother's Day Brunch
May 18 Fest-of-Ale
May 23 Whitake Music Festival begins (every Wenesday through July)