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Southern Gardening: Plan to try Diascia for cool-season color

Posted 1/16/2016 in Columns

Since cold weather has finally arrived, the summer color plants are deciding enough is enough.

Southern Gardening: Plan, gather equipment for coming garden work

Posted 1/9/2016 in Columns

With cooler weather finally showing up over the Christmas holidays, I'm going to share a few thoughts and ideas to start in on the garden this first week of 2016.


Being Beautiful: I hear the train a'coming

Posted 1/9/2016 in Columns

I hear the bells ringing in the church towers every night, but it's the sound of the whistling train near the river that carries me back to being a little boy following after my older brothers near the tracks of my childhood.



Being Beautiful: Peacock angels from our guardian angel

Posted 1/2/2016 in Columns

It made me uneasy as I cut into the hem, the scissors traveling across what seemed like oceans of sparkling blue fabric, and with each turn, my mind wandered back to all the times she wore the peacock shirt.



Anne's Kitchen: Trending for 2016

Posted 12/30/2015 in Columns

For us Christmas has been a peak of the whole family of 14 over for a full day on Dec. 19, followed by two weeks of the laziest days I've ever spent.



Being Beautiful: Love is always right on time

Posted 12/26/2015 in Columns

I remember it like it was yesterday. Daddy wore his brown leather blazer, always a siren to alert us that we were destined for town.



Southern Gardening: Resolve to use plant tags in 2016 gardens

Posted 12/26/2015 in Columns

Like many home gardeners, I believe I'll always remember the name of every plant I bring home from the garden center.



Being Beautiful: On the first day of Christmas ...

Posted 12/19/2015 in Columns

My holidays are not like old black and white films where the family sits around the piano belting out carols. Trust me.


Southern Gardening: Ornamental grasses give four seasons of interest

Posted 12/19/2015 in Columns

Ornamental grasses are reliable warm-season performers that keep on giving, even in winter landscapes.


Being Beautiful: If everyone blends in, who stands out?

Posted 12/14/2015 in Columns

I laugh at rules and conformity.



A Stone's Throw: Letter to Santa

Posted 12/14/2015 in Columns

Dear Santa, It is that time again, and I just wanted you to know that I have been good.



Being Beautiful: Longing for the gift money can't buy

Posted 12/5/2015 in Columns

My vintage Santa plates stare at me from my holiday table, nestled onto blue and gold chargers as red crystal goblets stand beside them.



Being Beautiful: It's the most wonderful time of the year

Posted 11/28/2015 in Columns

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and, oh, the rich memories it all conjures up of Christmases past.


Southern Gardening: Nemesia offers promise as a fall bedding plant

Posted 11/28/2015 in Columns

As we start the cooler, winter gardening season, there are many color choices of pansies and violas to ponder.


Being Beautiful: What do tomato soup and lipstick have in common?

Posted 11/21/2015 in Columns

Several years ago, I fell asleep on the sofa only to be awakened by the sound of the QVC home shopping network, every light in the house turned on, and Mama flailing her arms in the air. I wasn't dreaming.


Southern Gardening: Unusual plant combinations make great holiday decor

Posted 11/21/2015 in Columns

This week, I've been taking what I'd like to think is a well-earned vacation. But even though I'm technically "off the clock," I'm still finding interesting ideas to try in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes.


Being Beautiful: Praise the Lord, I saw the light ...

Posted 11/14/2015 in Columns

The architecture of life is so similar to that of the stained glass windows posed perfectly still across time, illuminated by lanterns and candles in ancient churches along my drives through old towns.



A Stone's Throw: From the Greatest Generation

Posted 11/14/2015 in Columns

Tom Brokaw called them "The Greatest Generation," and I am inclined to agree with him.


Southern Gardening: Poinsettia season is just around the corner

Posted 11/8/2015 in Columns

We all knew it was going to happen sometime.


Being Beautiful: Blow out the candles and make a wish

Posted 11/8/2015 in Columns

Like the old song says, it's my party and I'll cry if I want to.



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