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Southern Gardening: Deciduous azaleas can prosper in full sun

Posted 4/7/2018 in Columns

There's no doubt that spring is here when the Southern indica azaleas start to put on their show.


Being Beautiful: Bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice

Posted 3/31/2018 in Columns

Once in a while, you invest a day of your life and when it's over, you know it was an incredibly good investment. I had such a day on Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee.


Southern Gardening: Reliable lantana blooms in summer landscapes

Posted 3/31/2018 in Columns

I took a look at my landscape this weekend trying to decide how many plants, if any, I'm going to have to renovate or replace after our hard winter. I have to say I was really impressed at the regrowth so far this spring.

Southern Gardening: Top garden picks shine from springtime forward

Posted 3/24/2018 in Columns

Last weekend, I had the great pleasure of speaking at the Jackson Garden Extravaganza.

Southern Gardening: Native redbud shows out with bright spring colors

Posted 3/17/2018 in Columns

One of my favorite spring flowering trees is our native redbud.


Being Beautiful: Weather forecast: stormy with increasing clouds

Posted 3/17/2018 in Columns

Word of the day -- desensitize: "to make less likely to feel shock or distress at scenes of cruelty, violence or suffering by overexposure to such images."


Southern Gardening: This spring demonstrates advantages of loropetalum

Posted 3/10/2018 in Columns

We're finally emerging from the "freezemagedden" we experienced earlier this year, and the garden and landscape are emerging with a vengeance.


Being Beautiful: I want the Waltons to be real again

Posted 3/10/2018 in Columns

"I reckon I don't have much to give but my stories," Grandma said to John Boy as she sat on the bed beside him and wished for a better gift to give her eldest grandson.



Playing in the dirt: It's March and gardeners have much to do

Posted 3/10/2018 in Columns

March is known for lion- and/or lamb-like weather, but from where I sit at this writing, it seems like fish- or seal-like would be more appropriate.


Southern Gardening: Do not bother removing lichens from landscape

Posted 3/3/2018 in Columns

Spring has sprung, at least in my Ocean Springs landscape, and gardeners once again are venturing out and taking an inventory of plant damage from this winter's cold.


Being Beautiful: On the outside looking in

Posted 3/3/2018 in Columns

The church was as majestic as I expected with massive, exquisite windows through which generations have looked in and looked out.


Southern Gardening: Spring blooms herald early arrival of spring

Posted 2/24/2018 in Columns

I came to a conclusion after a series of events reminded me that spring is really close.

Southern Gardening: New plant distylium earns 2018 Mississippi Medallion honors

Posted 2/17/2018 in Columns

Distylium Vintage Jade is an exciting new plant that brings pizazz to the traditional role of foundation planting.

Southern Gardening: Succulent lemon sedum thrive in sunny locations

Posted 2/10/2018 in Columns

As we're working our way through this year's Mississippi Medallion Winners, I now want to look at Sedum rupestre, which is commonly called lemon sedum.


Being Beautiful: Not an angel, but my angel

Posted 2/10/2018 in Columns

She came to me, not like an angel, but as my angel, her embrace just as I remember.


Playing in the dirt: Plenty to do for February gardeners

Posted 2/10/2018 in Columns

On your mark, get set, go! Gardeners prepare to learn and expand your knowledge and make new friends. And by way of clarification, the classes for Master Gardener training begin Feb. 20 statewide.


Being Beautiful: Have you visited Memory Lane lately?

Posted 2/3/2018 in Columns

I wish we could go back to the moments in life that seem to stand still in our minds. Like Cher says, "If I could turn back time ... "


Southern Gardening: Use lemongrass as annual or perennial

Posted 2/3/2018 in Columns

Last week, I focused on the 2018 Mississippi Medallion Winner fancy leaf kale. This week, let's look at a second 2018 winner: lemongrass.


Being Beautiful: The enduring love of a gentle giant, kisses and all

Posted 1/27/2018 in Columns

I have often wondered what goes through her mind when she curls herself into a big ball on the sofa and sleeps, and she does this a lot.


Southern Gardening: Fancy leaf kale named Mississippi Medallion winner

Posted 1/27/2018 in Columns

Garden catalogs start piling up by the front door at this time of year, and our two recent cold spells gave me time to look at them.


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