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Being Beautiful: Send in the clowns

Posted 9/17/2016 in Columns

Some people are terrified of clowns, but they have never scared me much, well, except for a moment or two in childhood. Mama was determined I would not be afraid of them.


Southern Gardening: Beautyberry fruit adds beauty to landscapes

Posted 9/10/2016 in Columns

Now that we're finally into September, I think many of our landscape plants are rejoicing in anticipation of the (hopefully) coming milder temperatures as much as I am.


Being Beautiful: Sowing seeds and seeds of love

Posted 9/10/2016 in Columns

The gardens of my childhood spill over in my mind, growing still today thick with old-fashioned roses and their delicate pink petals decorating the sides of Mawmaw Bell's little red brick house on the hillside where I played.


Southern Gardening: Pruning helps trees, shrubs heal from weather damage

Posted 9/3/2016 in Columns

The current tropical systems swirling around are causing more homeowners to wonder about how to deal with weather-related damage in the landscape.


Being Beautiful: Candy corn and autumn memories in 90-degree weather

Posted 9/3/2016 in Columns

Mama made candied apples and cupcakes all afternoon, and as I licked the frosting from the beaters, I thought surely Heaven must smell just like her kitchen.



A Stone's Throw: A tale of two retailers

Posted 9/3/2016 in Columns

I do not pretend to know much about the retail business.



Being Beautiful: There are no mistakes, just happy accidents

Posted 8/27/2016 in Columns

If you had told me even a few months ago that I would be in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, I probably would have rolled my eyes at you while sipping iced tea from my front porch.


Southern Gardening: Tropical-looking plants give late summer show

Posted 8/27/2016 in Columns

I make a point every week to walk around our plant trial beds at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi to see how everything is growing.


Being Beautiful: Elvis only had blue suede shoes

Posted 8/20/2016 in Columns

The first one I acquired from a dusty corner of a flea market in the French Quarter of New Orleans for only a few dollars.



A Stone's Throw: Rosie the Riveter

Posted 8/20/2016 in Columns

We are reminded every now and then that the veterans of World War II are leaving us.


Southern Gardening: Microgreens are nutritious, grow quickly indoors

Posted 8/20/2016 in Columns

Since this is August, we are now officially in the dog days of summer.


Being Beautiful: Tending the garden of life, weeds and all

Posted 8/13/2016 in Columns

Why do we wrestle with who we are?


Southern Gardening: Ornamental peppers offer beautiful summer heat

Posted 8/13/2016 in Columns

In the past, I've expressed my love for chili peppers -- the hotter the better.

Southern Gardening: Succulents easily replace summer-weary plants

Posted 8/6/2016 in Columns

Because this is the first week of August, we can rest assured that it's going to be hot in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes.


Being Beautiful: From Second Street to Sunset Boulevard

Posted 8/6/2016 in Columns

Joan Crawford, eat your heart out!



Being Beautiful: Dorothy was right: There's no place like home

Posted 7/30/2016 in Columns

I remember the feel of Mama's heartbeat and the creak of the rocking chair as she held me close, humming some old gospel hymn. When she held me close, I was home.


Southern Gardening: Sturdy, colorful Rudbeckias are solid landscape choices

Posted 7/30/2016 in Columns

When the summer season heats up starting in July, I really like seeing Rudbeckias in our Mississippi landscapes.


Local voices: From Mississippi to Manhattan

Posted 7/23/2016 in Columns

In the park one Sunday, I was sharing coffee and gossip with a neighbor who's a waiter in a French restaurant.



Being Beautiful: Memories of a boy and his bike

Posted 7/23/2016 in Columns

Daddy won it from an auction one Sunday televised on our big console television while Mama, my brothers, and Uncle Wayne sat around the living room cracking jokes about Jerry Lewis's hairstyle.



Being Beautiful: Can we long for someone we never knew?

Posted 7/16/2016 in Columns

I never met my grandmothers on either side of my family, yet I feel a longing for both of them.



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