The big yellow school bus was and is a rite of passage for so many of us. If you lived on Dykes Chapel Road and your mama was still in her duster, it was quite literally the only way to get to the red brick schoolhouse in town.
I remember the first time I met her. She called herself "a fan" of my column, and that's why she reached out to me.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Purple Knight Alternanthera's designation as Mississippi Medallion winner.
The thing is I've got eight grandchildren, and four of them have already or are going to get married within a little over a year. That is a lot of festivity for someone my age. Actually, it is downright stressful, but it proves not all stress is bad.
New Guinea impatiens and SunPatiens are similar in appearance and impressive with their ability to brighten any landscape, but SunPatiens have a much higher tolerance for Mississippi's summer heat.
I drove my cars fast when I was a boy. Vroom, vroom.
I have to admit most of my gardening life can be summed up by this saying that someone shared with me on social media: "Real gardeners buy at least 10,000 plants in the course of a lifetime without having the least idea where they'll put any of them when they get home."
Happy Easter! Today is the highest holy day in the Christian calendar, and we rejoice on many levels. I have been reflecting on what Easter meant to me at various stages of my life. It is probably much like yours.
Mama and I fussed over those baskets for hours, filling them with chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps and jelly beans.
This past weekend, the Garden Extravaganza was held in Jackson, and I have to say I'm feeling really inspired.
Now is the time to start planning for the color punch that most gardeners want in the upcoming warm summer season.
You may have heard this story. It is about a slave who was abducted from his natural country by slave traders when he was about 16 years old.
I wonder why we are so darned sentimental.
As I walked around my landscape this weekend, I was really impressed with how my three winter staples -- pansies, violas and Telstar dianthuses -- are enjoying the lengthening days and a little bit of warmer weather.
What does a warm, early-spring weekend and home gardeners itching to get out and plant something add up to? You're correct if you answered all kinds of plants ready to go on the racks at your local garden center.
They say you know you are growing old when you find yourself saying that young people are not having fun the way you and your contemporaries did when you were young.
Mother Teresa said it best, "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."
Listening to the raindrops beat against the old glass panes brings back my favorite rainy day memories.
As gardeners across the state are starting spring planting, I want to urge everyone to consider the plants selected as Mississippi Medallion winners for 2016: Serenita Angelonia, muscadine, rosemary, Drift roses and Cherokee Purple tomato.
While this space is usually reserved for my trips down memory lane with Mama, my childhood antics on the Dykes Chapel Road, the latest lipstick rage from New York City's red carpets, or the amazing china pattern I found at the thrift store, today I am wading into a river in which I have not swum before -- politics.
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