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A Stone's Throw: From the heart

Posted 2/13/2016 in Columns

When handsome young bachelor Salem Gibson readily agreed to be interviewed for my Valentine column, I thought I was going to get some real advice on attractiveness between the sexes, something like, "A girl chases a boy like the cheese chases the mouse."


Southern Gardening: Enjoy early blooms of saucer magnolias

Posted 2/13/2016 in Columns

With extremely warm weather in the fall and so far this winter, many of our flowering landscape plants are really confused.


Being Beautiful: Have your cake and eat it, too

Posted 2/6/2016 in Columns

It doesn't get better than a good devil's food cake made from scratch, with milk chocolate buttercream frosting, the kind my granny made and most likely passed down from her granny, too.


Southern Gardening: Prune crape myrtles, but don't butcher them

Posted 2/6/2016 in Columns

Every gardener I know is asking the same question: When's spring going to get here? No doubt we are getting close.


A Stone's Throw: The grammarian

Posted 1/30/2016 in Columns

Somewhere along the way I seem to have developed a fondness for Professor Henry Higgins of "My Fair Lady" fame.



Being Beautiful: Hiding under tables and peeking through glass

Posted 1/30/2016 in Columns

I remember as a little boy hiding underneath the mahogany dining table, holding my knees in my hands for no reason except that I could.


Southern Gardening: Native azaleas should shine bright this spring

Posted 1/30/2016 in Columns

One of the grandest and maybe gaudiest garden and landscape shows is the blooming of the Southern indica azaleas.


Being Beautiful: If these walls could talk

Posted 1/23/2016 in Columns

Old houses make my heart beat fast -- the chipping paint and aged patina of a 100-year-old fašade and the view from weathered windows looking out through giant oaks toward the river.



Southern Gardening: Enjoy snapdragons in spring landscape

Posted 1/23/2016 in Columns

Just as it seems I'm finally settling into the winter color season and noticing how good all the pansies and violas are looking, it's time to start planning for spring.



Being Beautiful: I don't have a monopoly on memories, but ...

Posted 1/16/2016 in Columns

I was first introduced to Monopoly from the swivel bar stools of my family's kitchen, and it was there on Mama's yellow Formica bar that I learned about making deals, taking chances, and how one never wants to go directly to jail.



A Stone's Throw: Saying goodbye

Posted 1/16/2016 in Columns

By this time Christmas is long gone. Even Epiphany.


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.


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