Like almost every gardener I know, I want a gorgeous looking garden and landscape that is drought tolerant and requires little maintenance.
My favorite book when I was a little boy had to be "Coco's Candy Shop." I traveled across the colorful pages with Coco and friends as we all learned valuable life lessons.
Along with my Mothers' Day gift, my daughter Nora Frances gave me a card that spelled out "I Love You" in sign language, the kind where the hand shapes the signs for letters. I knew immediately that it was not an idle choice, but one that had special meaning among our family stories.
Pentas are among the best annual summer color plants we can grow in Mississippi gardens and landscapes. Besides providing great color for us to enjoy, pentas are magnets for butterflies and hummingbirds because they are rich sources of nectar.
Choosing flowering annuals at the garden center is always an easy task if you have celosias on your shopping list.
There's nothing quite like opening up that yellow and green Crayola lid to get lost in the familiar smell of a new box of crayons.
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life."
My friend, Barbara Yarborough, lent me a May issue of The Saturday Evening Post, because she thought it had an advertisement for a device that just might keep the deer of my neighborhood from eating my flowers.
One of the fun things about being the Southern Gardener is having the opportunity to share new and colorful plants with gardeners all across Mississippi and beyond.
Most scars heal on the surface, serving as reminders of not-so-gentle events in our lives. Others run much deeper
A popular question I get when talking to home gardeners is, "If you could have only one flowering annual for the summer, what would it be?"
Mrs. Stoddard is terribly worried -- all day, every day, and especially at night.
Remember the old newspaper "society columns?" Well, I confess I feel as if that is what I have been writing.
The big yellow school bus was and is a rite of passage for so many of us. If you lived on Dykes Chapel Road and your mama was still in her duster, it was quite literally the only way to get to the red brick schoolhouse in town.
I remember the first time I met her. She called herself "a fan" of my column, and that's why she reached out to me.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Purple Knight Alternanthera's designation as Mississippi Medallion winner.
The thing is I've got eight grandchildren, and four of them have already or are going to get married within a little over a year. That is a lot of festivity for someone my age. Actually, it is downright stressful, but it proves not all stress is bad.
New Guinea impatiens and SunPatiens are similar in appearance and impressive with their ability to brighten any landscape, but SunPatiens have a much higher tolerance for Mississippi's summer heat.
I drove my cars fast when I was a boy. Vroom, vroom.
I have to admit most of my gardening life can be summed up by this saying that someone shared with me on social media: "Real gardeners buy at least 10,000 plants in the course of a lifetime without having the least idea where they'll put any of them when they get home."
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5. Community Calendar for the week of December 4, 2016 ENTERTAINMENT