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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.

 

Being Beautiful: My fountain of youth has run dry

Posted 8/12/2017 in Columns

Mark Twain might have said it best: "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Well, Mark, lately it's beginning to matter.

 

Southern Gardening: Summer citrus growth brings autumn harvest

Posted 8/12/2017 in Columns

Although we're in the middle of a blazing hot summer, I find my gardening thoughts wandering to the coming fall season.

 

Being Beautiful: Homes are where the heart is

Posted 8/5/2017 in Columns

I have always heard you can never go home again. Well, that's simply not true, although I do understand the more subtle meaning.

 

Southern Gardening: Use hardy hibiscus for late-summer blooms

Posted 8/5/2017 in Columns

I think hardy hibiscus is one of those must-have summer plants that we can count on to brighten our gardens and landscapes after a long, hot summer.

 

Being Beautiful: The past is never dead -- it isn't even past

Posted 7/29/2017 in Columns

When I was a little boy, Mama told me stories of sights and wonders she had seen. Still today, those stories flood my mind with curiosity and fascination, normal meeting paranormal.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Remembering screen doors left unlatched

Posted 7/22/2017 in Columns

It's hot as Hades in Mississippi, and that's even in the shade with a pitcher of ice cold lemonade.

 

Southern Gardening: Crape myrtle is garden must-have in the South

Posted 7/22/2017 in Columns

There is one plant that absolutely is the flower of the South: the crape myrtle. Who can resist the colorful flower clusters on display from early summer through late fall?

 

Being Beautiful: Where have all the dragons gone?

Posted 7/15/2017 in Columns

It's hard to argue with a fire-breathing dragon.

 

Southern Gardening: Choose annual, perennial salvias for summer beauty

Posted 7/15/2017 in Columns

Home gardeners in Mississippi need colorful plants that hold up to the hot conditions we have every year.

Playing in the dirt: Timely tips for July gardeners

Posted 7/8/2017 in Columns

July is the All-American month! The Fourth of July, fireworks, hot dogs -- or maybe your menu runs to hamburgers or ham or even steaks on the grill.

Southern Gardening: Try moss rose in summer containers and landscapes

Posted 7/8/2017 in Columns

I really like to look at the flowering annual purslane in our hot summer landscapes. It's a vigorous, low-growing plant that forms a colorful carpet with succulent foliage.

 

Being Beautiful: Equal parts sugar and patience, a winning recipe

Posted 7/8/2017 in Columns

Summer and homemade ice cream seem to go perfectly together.

 

 

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