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Being Beautiful: Where have all the dragons gone?

Posted 7/15/2017 in Columns

It's hard to argue with a fire-breathing dragon.


Southern Gardening: Choose annual, perennial salvias for summer beauty

Posted 7/15/2017 in Columns

Home gardeners in Mississippi need colorful plants that hold up to the hot conditions we have every year.

Playing in the dirt: Timely tips for July gardeners

Posted 7/8/2017 in Columns

July is the All-American month! The Fourth of July, fireworks, hot dogs -- or maybe your menu runs to hamburgers or ham or even steaks on the grill.

Southern Gardening: Try moss rose in summer containers and landscapes

Posted 7/8/2017 in Columns

I really like to look at the flowering annual purslane in our hot summer landscapes. It's a vigorous, low-growing plant that forms a colorful carpet with succulent foliage.


Being Beautiful: Equal parts sugar and patience, a winning recipe

Posted 7/8/2017 in Columns

Summer and homemade ice cream seem to go perfectly together.



Being Beautiful: Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now

Posted 7/1/2017 in Columns

I awoke this morning to the unmistakable aroma of sausage frying. To my surprise and great delight, there were also biscuits rising in the oven.



Being Beautiful: Roll over, Beethoven

Posted 6/24/2017 in Columns

There are not many things that stir the soul quite like hearing the one you love play familiar gospel hymns on his new (well, actually used and very old) baby grand piano.


Southern Gardening: Plan garden for SunPatiens and New Guinea impatiens

Posted 6/24/2017 in Columns

Summer officially begins this week, and there are so many great plants we can grow during this season. But I really miss one that we can't grow in the summer: annual impatiens.


Playing in the dirt: Master Gardener tips for June can produce color, good eats

Posted 6/17/2017 in Columns

Ah, June -- the month for dads, grads and brides, not to mention the first day of summer. Oh, you thought summer had already started? Not so.



Being Beautiful: Getting lost and getting found through friendship

Posted 6/17/2017 in Columns

I have always heard that friends are the family you choose. Virginia Woolf said it best: "Some people go to priests, others to poetry, I to my friends."



Being Beautiful: Even mama's boys should remember dad now and then

Posted 6/10/2017 in Columns

Most folks who know me would declare I am always five or ten minutes late.



Being Beautiful: All dolled up and everywhere to go

Posted 6/3/2017 in Columns

If you squinch your eyes just a little, open your imagination as far as it will go, and add a sprinkle of pixie dust if you have it handy, it's not that hard to make them "real."


Southern Gardening: These climbing roses thrive in Mississippi

Posted 6/3/2017 in Columns

I wrote earlier about my 40-year struggle with growing roses.


Being Beautiful: A Kodak moment shared with my daddy

Posted 5/27/2017 in Columns

I wished that moment would last forever.



Southern Gardening: Mindset turns garden work into enjoyment

Posted 5/27/2017 in Columns

In early April, my wife and I had the honor of being part of the 2017 Garden Clubs of Mississippi Spring Pilgrimage, as our little urban farm was one of the tour's stops.


Southern Gardening: Annual flowering vinca shine in warm weather

Posted 5/20/2017 in Columns

Now that our gardens and landscapes are heating up, it is the perfect time to plant annual flowering vinca.


Being Beautiful: With all due respect to cats and hamsters, dogs rule at my house

Posted 5/20/2017 in Columns

Ah, Sophia ... I remember the days leading up to when she would be ours.


Playing in the dirt: A May to-do guide for area gardeners

Posted 5/13/2017 in Columns

Beep, beep! What's that?


Being Beautiful: Musings on bridges built with love by women forged of steel

Posted 5/13/2017 in Columns

My mind is saturated with unforgettable mothers, I suppose because Mother's Day marks our calendars once again.



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