If you need more proof that Christmas is here than the bright lights flickering from your neighbor's windows or the tinsel snowmen, Santas and angels appearing on lampposts, then just look at the calendar.
We hit December this week, and it seems like we haven't really had a fall season yet.
Tom Brokaw called the veterans of World War II "the greatest generation."
I've noticed over the last couple of weeks that a few early-season poinsettias are showing up on garden center shelves.
Like many other home gardeners in Mississippi, I'm in the full swing of planting cool-season annual color.
"The hills are alive with the sound of music."
I tried to go to a football game at Ole Miss recently; and, let me tell you, it ain't what it used to be.
Even though outside temperatures are still quite balmy, we are moving into winter.
Heirloom vegetables get their fair share of gardening attention, but many homeowners don't realize that some ornamental plants are considered heirlooms as well.
Purple rhinestones adorning Loretta Lynn, a red sequined gown showcasing Tammy Wynette's curves, and a giant jellyfish -- no, it's not just a vivid dream.
The eyes are supposed to be the windows to the soul.
My great-granddaughter, the first one in a new generation in our family, Mackenzie Loecher, was born Oct. 17.
I like the changing of the seasons, as it means we get to plant a new set of color annuals like pansies, violas and dianthuses.
An important step in keeping year-round color in the garden and landscape is planting and transitioning the annual color plants.
One can say my best friend Chastity Hope and I have fallen together into what Dr. Seuss refers to as "mutual weirdness."
Not all change is progress.
"Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat."
At the 43rd annual Ornamental Field Day at the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville, one plant that drew a lot of attention was the exotic-looking King Tut papyrus.