Last Saturday I went to a very special birthday party. Dr. Robert I. Gilbert, retired professor of sociology at MSCW (now Mississippi University for Women), celebrated his birthday -- number 101!
One thing that doesn't change much is a dirt road.
Hibiscus has to be one of the best groups of plants you can have in your garden and landscape. Here's several reasons why.
The Old Farmer's Almanac says the official start of summer is June 20 at 6:34 p.m., but after this past weekend, I'm convinced we're already into summer.
"It's Colorado rocky mountain high. I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky." I have heard this lyric by the late John Denver all my life, but recently it has come to mean a great deal more to me.
SOS! I really think I need something to save me from an unexpected problem.
I remember sitting for hours turning the white knobs left, then right, on that little red square from my toy box.
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.