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Playing in the dirt: November, a month for planning and even planting

Posted 11/11/2018 in Columns

Warm days, cool days, stormy days. Oh my! November has offered us a varied menu so far. But weather aside, November is a sort of stepchild among months, sandwiched between October and December --Halloween and Christmas -- arguably two of the best-loved holidays. But I refuse to ignore Thanksgiving.

 

Southern Gardening: Cool-season dianthus lasts through spring

Posted 11/10/2018 in Columns

I love the annual color we can grow all winter in most of our Mississippi gardens and landscapes, so I'm going to spend a few weeks concentrating on cool-season color. Dianthus is my first choice for fall color.

 

In the garden with Felder: Putting plants and people together

Posted 11/3/2018 in Columns

Some plants all but beg to be grown and shared. Spreading around the world and across all cultures and languages like a children's hand-held string game, they easily bring diverse people together with good cheer.

Southern Gardening: Citrus trees' harvest makes them worth growing

Posted 11/3/2018 in Columns

The fall and winter seasons mean it's time for colorful pansy, viola and dianthus. But the changing seasons also mean that home gardeners who grow citrus will soon harvest delicious fruit -- satsuma, kumquat, Meyer lemon, oh my!

In the garden with Felder: Show a little style in the garden

Posted 10/27/2018 in Columns

How does your garden stack up with artful accessories?

Southern Gardening: Rockin' salvias help fall gardens perform

Posted 10/27/2018 in Columns

Those of you who keep up with Southern Gardening know that I'm a real fan of salvias.

Southern Gardening: Gulf muhly grass makes showy fall contribution

Posted 10/20/2018 in Columns

The 40th Fall Flower and Garden Fest at the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Branch Station in Crystal Springs is behind us, and I have to say that it was one of the best I've ever attended.

In the garden with Felder: Welcome this cheerful sign of autumn

Posted 10/20/2018 in Columns

Last week I had a rush of deja vu when I saw the first flush of a special pink autumn flower that came to me through three generations of family gardeners.

Playing in the dirt: A change of season signals new to-do tips

Posted 10/13/2018 in Columns

October? Are you kidding me? Not with these temperatures. Oh wait -- just as I was losing all hope that fall would arrive, a slight cool snap was forecast.

In the garden with Felder: Bring on the sniffles -- but careful what you blame

Posted 10/13/2018 in Columns

Goldenrod is getting cranked up, and people are starting to sneeze ... but blaming the wrong culprits.

Southern Gardening: Fall mums make a big, pretty landscape splash

Posted 10/13/2018 in Columns

Finally, we're going to start enjoying some cooler weather, and just in time. I've wanted to start writing about the fantastic cool-season color, but I've had to wait until the summertime heat starts to cool.

Southern Gardening: Confederate rose is great for fall blooms

Posted 10/6/2018 in Columns

This summer has seemed endless: hot, humid and just miserable. As a gardener, I know, or maybe hope, relief will soon be on the way.

In the garden with Felder: Plenty to do in autumn, but take time to reflect

Posted 10/6/2018 in Columns

Everyone has their favorite season, but to me autumn is the best, a time to set out a little stuff for winter and next spring while wrapping up the summer garden, then basking in recollections.

In the garden with Felder: Pollarding, poodling, pruning: a matter of personal taste

Posted 9/29/2018 in Columns

Some gardeners are standard-setting bullies, criticizing neighbors for doing what's been perfectly acceptable for centuries.

Southern Gardening: Container-grown herbs are a great fall option

Posted 9/29/2018 in Columns

Although we're finally into the fall season, it's still 90 degrees outside across Mississippi.

In the garden with Felder: Keep watch for sap-sucking bugs on your crape myrtles

Posted 9/22/2018 in Columns

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Mississippi gardens have just started getting a little less rosy.

Southern Gardening: Use select perennials to expand container options

Posted 9/22/2018 in Columns

When summer starts to roll around to autumn, some gardens and landscapes nearly start all over, as worn-out summer annuals are composted and new seasonal selections take their place.

In the garden with Felder: Thought of cold weather signals it's salad time

Posted 9/15/2018 in Columns

Too bad my tummy doesn't have eyes to better appreciate the colorful goodies I'm about to send its way right out of my little container garden.

Southern Gardening: Pumpkins, squash and gourds, oh my!

Posted 9/15/2018 in Columns

I came to a shocking realization this past weekend: Even though it still feels like summer, the signs are all around us that fall is about to begin.

In the garden with Felder: Close encounters of the good kind

Posted 9/8/2018 in Columns

Jump back, calm down and move on: Good advice for encounters between gardeners and beneficial reptiles found lurking in out-of-the-way places.

 

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