Since cold weather has finally arrived, the summer color plants are deciding enough is enough.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like many home gardeners, I believe I'll always remember the name of every plant I bring home from the garden center.
My holidays are not like old black and white films where the family sits around the piano belting out carols. Trust me.
Ornamental grasses are reliable warm-season performers that keep on giving, even in winter landscapes.
I laugh at rules and conformity.
Dear Santa, It is that time again, and I just wanted you to know that I have been good.
My vintage Santa plates stare at me from my holiday table, nestled onto blue and gold chargers as red crystal goblets stand beside them.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and, oh, the rich memories it all conjures up of Christmases past.
As we start the cooler, winter gardening season, there are many color choices of pansies and violas to ponder.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Brokaw called them "The Greatest Generation," and I am inclined to agree with him.
We all knew it was going to happen sometime.
Like the old song says, it's my party and I'll cry if I want to.