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Being Beautiful: Laughing back at laugh lines

Posted 1/24/2015 in Columns

A wrinkle in the rug underneath my desk in the library kept distracting me last week.



Being Beautiful: 'Please' and 'thank you' never go out of style

Posted 1/17/2015 in Columns

A few winters ago, we were walking into our favorite Burberry store in Washington, D.C., and a jolly man with a raspy voice exclaimed, "Welcome to Burberry, gentlemen" as we glided through the revolving doors.



A Stone's Throw: Rhyme-time nostalgia

Posted 1/17/2015 in Columns


Southern Gardening: Winter reveals lichen growth

Posted 1/17/2015 in Columns

Winter is a good time to examine landscape plants.


Being Beautiful: Unweaving the tangled webs we weave

Posted 1/10/2015 in Columns

Sometimes you can get yourself into quite a tangle, and I don't mean the hundred ways I was mischievous as a child.


Southern Gardening: Use loropetalum for early spring blooms

Posted 1/10/2015 in Columns

One landscape plant that is giving some earlier-than-usual blooms are loropetalum shrubs.

Southern Gardening: Pyracantha adds spark to winter landscapes

Posted 1/4/2015 in Columns

In the cold and dreary winter months, when color in the landscape can seem like an unachievable goal.


A Stone's Throw: The time after Christmas

Posted 1/4/2015 in Columns

'Twas the time after Christmas and all through the house, Everyone was exhausted including the mouse.



Being Beautiful: Healthy food choices yield beautiful results

Posted 1/4/2015 in Columns

I struggle with eating the right foods, and any nutritionist would consider me a challenge.



Being Beautiful: Be your own firecracker

Posted 12/27/2014 in Columns

When I was a little boy, nothing was more thrilling than following my big brother around with a crumpled brown paper bag of holiday firecrackers.



A Stone's Throw: Christmas fantasies

Posted 12/20/2014 in Columns

Probably no other time of the year lends itself to fantasies as Christmas.



Being Beautiful: Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse -- or Shih-Tzu

Posted 12/20/2014 in Columns

Who among us could not use a little fairy dust this season?


Southern Gardening: Cassia provides blooms as temperatures drop

Posted 12/20/2014 in Columns

Some folks think winter can be boring in the garden and landscape.

Southern Gardening: Naturally occurring mulch can be pretty and useful

Posted 12/13/2014 in Columns

In December, many gardeners look forward to taking a little time off from working in the landscape, but cool weather is a good time to apply a layer of mulch.


Being Beautiful: Turning a few heads for the holidays

Posted 12/13/2014 in Columns

Don't forget to put some fa-la-la-la-la into your wintry wardrobe.



Being Beautiful: Celebrating silver bells and silver belles

Posted 12/6/2014 in Columns

Silver tinsel has always held a special place in my heart.


Southern Gardening: Cool Wave pansies bring cheer to winter gardens

Posted 12/6/2014 in Columns

I don't keep it a secret that I think pansies are the perfect plants for cool-season annual beds.


Grandmothers are just granddaughters all grown up

Posted 11/29/2014 in Columns

Mama had a way about her, and she had a captive audience with her little boy in the front row of the Mary Lou Show. Maybe it wasn't at Radio City Music Hall, and she couldn't do a high kick like the famed Rockettes, but it was all pretty spectacular to me.


Southern Gardening: Snapdragons meet winter challenges

Posted 11/22/2014 in Columns

The snapdragon is a longtime favorite flower of mine for the cool-season landscape.


A Stone's Throw: Giving thanks

Posted 11/22/2014 in Columns

Thanksgiving approaches. We have had an official national day of thanksgiving ever since Abraham Lincoln's administration.



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