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Southern Gardening: Crape myrtle upkeep does not include murder

Posted 12/23/2017 in Columns

As gardeners make New Year's resolutions for their landscapes in 2018, I want to encourage all of them to resolve to correctly prune crape myrtles from this day forward.

Southern Gardening: Try black-eyed Susan vine for a resilient ground cover

Posted 12/16/2017 in Columns

Most folks have poinsettias and entertaining on the agenda during the holidays, but for this week's column, I want to highlight a plant that has been an outstanding performer for me all year.

 

Being Beautiful: The 'Twelve Days of ... Springtime'?

Posted 12/16/2017 in Columns

It was a few weeks before Christmas in 1981 and all the halls of Richton Elementary School came alive with handmade Santa Clauses made from construction paper, scissors and glitter.

 

Southern Gardening: Poinsettias bring Christmas cheer and colors indoors

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columns

It seems like I've seen Christmas decorations in stores for at least a couple of months.

 

Being Beautiful: Of miniature marshmallows and times gone by

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columns

Just last night while lying in bed with my Great Dane, flannel pajamas and the classic holiday movie "A Christmas Carol" playing, I sipped hot chocolate from my favorite Rudolph mug, the one with the chip on it.

 

Playing in the dirt: December tips for green thumbs (and Christmas trees)

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columns

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas and Happy Holidays, whichever you celebrate.

Southern Gardening: Ancient myths can find a place in modern gardens

Posted 12/2/2017 in Columns

Celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends got me thinking about traditions and beliefs, some popular in the distant past but gone by the wayside today.

 

Being Beautiful: Friends beat out toys and tractors as Christmas gifts

Posted 12/2/2017 in Columns

My Christmas list to Santa reads quite differently than the one I penned under the supervision of my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Jeffcoats, all those years ago.

 

Southern Gardening: Sorbet violas are big winter performers

Posted 11/25/2017 in Columns

The last two weeks, I've told you about two of my top three cool-season flowering bedding plants.

 

Being Beautiful: Star of wonder, star of light

Posted 11/25/2017 in Columns

"Look at lights! Look at lights!" She was too young for much of a vocabulary, but her exuberance transcended the need for words.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Does anyone have any extra fairy dust?

Posted 11/18/2017 in Columns

There are so many things I miss about Thanksgiving now that the light in my little stone cottage on Dykes Chapel Road has dimmed.

 

Southern Gardening: Choose Telstar dianthus for winter, spring color

Posted 11/18/2017 in Columns

Even though the air is still warm in many parts of Mississippi, it's time to plant annual winter color.

 

Being Beautiful: 'Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend ... '

Posted 11/12/2017 in Columns

Well, that's according to Groucho Marks. This much I know: The books we read while children stay with us our whole lives. One of my favorites is "Frog and Toad Are Friends," written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel and published in 1970.

 

 

Playing in Dirt: Gardening doesn't shut down in November

Posted 11/12/2017 in Columns

I don't know about you, but November is one of my favorite months. Who can resist the warm redolence of turkeys roasting, pumpkin pies baking and many other traditional aromas of the season?

 

 

Being Beautiful: Jesus loves me, and so did she

Posted 11/4/2017 in Columns

Birthdays are the best! Mine is this month, and I am ecstatic to be celebrating it with the best of friends in one of my favorite cities in the world, Washington, D.C.

 

Southern Gardening: Kale, cabbage are pretty and delicious in winter

Posted 11/4/2017 in Columns

This year, I'm getting an early start on my ornamental kale and cabbage planting for the fall.

Southern Gardening: Heirloom Confederate rose thrives across state

Posted 10/28/2017 in Columns

I have weekly favorite plants, as you may know, and one of my favorites started blooming in earnest over the last couple of weeks.

 

Being Beautiful: Bubble gum and Tootsie Rolls for Wonder Woman and the Wolf Man

Posted 10/28/2017 in Columns

My mind is a cauldron of memories bubbling over, especially appropriate for Halloween. Who does not remember his or her favorite costumes from childhood?

 

Southern Gardening: Use native beautyberry for fall landscape color

Posted 10/21/2017 in Columns

After cleaning the mess from Hurricane Nate, I had the chance to participate in two outstanding field days in Mississippi and Louisiana.

 

Being Beautiful: The price of education and the cost of not learning

Posted 10/21/2017 in Columns

 

 

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