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Southern Gardening: Use native beautyberry for fall landscape color

Posted yesterday in Columns

After cleaning the mess from Hurricane Nate, I had the chance to participate in two outstanding field days in Mississippi and Louisiana.


Being Beautiful: The price of education and the cost of not learning

Posted yesterday in Columns



Being Beautiful: How are you today? I really want to know ...

Posted 10/14/2017 in Columns

We need more simple acts of random kindness.


Southern Gardening: Last-minute preparations save gardens from storms

Posted 10/14/2017 in Columns

While Hurricane Nate was obviously not in the same class as Katrina, the last hurricane to hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it did provide gardeners a lesson in getting their landscapes ready before a storm.

Playing in the dirt: Scare up some good gardening

Posted 10/14/2017 in Columns

Boo! It's October, and I'll bet you've got a pumpkin, gourd, corn or nuts in a strategic spot for these perennial fall decorations.

Southern Gardening: Cannas thrive in heat, resist disease

Posted 10/7/2017 in Columns

Cannas are commonly grown as large-specimen plants and look fantastic mass planted in landscapes.


Being Beautiful: With liberty and justice for all

Posted 10/7/2017 in Columns

I was taught first by my daddy, a proud veteran, then by my elementary school teachers that the flag is a symbol of everything American and should be treated as such.


Southern Gardening: Use Gulf Muhly grass for winter looks, color

Posted 9/30/2017 in Columns

I know some homeowners who look at ornamental grasses and wonder what is the big deal; these plants are only grass.


Being Beautiful: Tales of Ferris wheels, funnel cakes and first cousins

Posted 9/30/2017 in Columns

The fair is coming to town!


Southern Gardening: Color fall gardens with ornamental peppers

Posted 9/23/2017 in Columns

Late summer and early fall are among my favorite times of the year because the ornamental peppers are starting to really color up.


Being Beautiful: Tethering hot air balloons, loosely

Posted 9/23/2017 in Columns

There has always been more than little bit of Peter Pan in me.


Southern Gardening: Fall brings nekkid ladies to Southern landscapes

Posted 9/16/2017 in Columns

This is the time of year many gardeners have been waiting for all summer.


Being Beautiful: To persist or to aggravate?

Posted 9/16/2017 in Columns

Southerners know it all too well, the lush green vine that coils, winds and climbs over everything in its path from trees to houses -- kudzu.


Southern Gardening: Pentas shine brightly through late summer

Posted 9/9/2017 in Columns

I'm often asked which flowering plants I think are best for our landscapes and gardens. This is not a simple question!


Being Beautiful: Heaven must surely have a special place for dogs

Posted 9/9/2017 in Columns

All dogs go to Heaven, and you will never convince me otherwise.


Southern Gardening: Container gardening solves several landscape problems

Posted 9/2/2017 in Columns

This year has been a challenge in my home landscape and garden.


Being Beautiful: Walking a mile in someone else's shoes

Posted 9/2/2017 in Columns

The peacock rests in shards of broken glass.


Southern Gardening: Cajun hibiscus are terrific tropical hibiscus for state

Posted 8/19/2017 in Columns

Lately I've been singing the praises of having hardy hibiscuses in your landscape.

Playing in the dirt: Master Gardener tips for August can reap fall rewards

Posted 8/12/2017 in Columns

Ah, August! The dog days of summer typically bring exhausting heat, long spells of no rain and very high electric bills.


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