I have more frogs than I know what to do with, what with being able to use only one at a time.
This weekend while driving in my hometown of Ocean Springs, I looked at the crape myrtles planted in the median all along Highway 90. I noticed that most of the trees had a dark cast to them, even on a bright, sunny morning.
There's a scary new vine in my garden, a good contender for anyone who wants to come back in the next life as an unkillable weed.
One of my favorite Mississippi native plants is just starting to show its true landscape value. Of course, I'm referring to our native Callicarpa americana, known commonly and affectionately as the American beautyberry.
After returning last week from my summer home in England, a walk around the 'hood unearthed a surprising realization, that what we call our classic Southern gardens are bedded with mostly beauties from afar. Floral immigrants, so to speak.
What are the very best butterfly plants for Mississippi gardens? It's a real head scratcher, because not all butterfly plants are great garden plants, and not all of our many butterflies find their way to all gardens anyway.
In recent years, gardeners everywhere have seen quite a few plants that were once grown only in shady conditions come out into the sunshine. Sunpatiens were my first experience with these now sun lovers.
We gardeners manage to put plants in all sorts of challenging situations and expect them to perform well; several sites really stand out.
The late summer garden and landscape in Mississippi can be a tough place. Extreme heat and humidity result in heat index numbers that keep me, like many other gardeners, indoors enjoying the air conditioning.
What do you think the most popular passalong garden plant might be, world-wide?
One of the most fun things to do in the garden is to share stories. One of the best ones I have heard and shared is about my search for the long-lost Long Beach Red radish.
While Pride of Barbados thrives in deserts and the tropics, I believe we could also appreciate its beauty in Mississippi landscapes.
Playing in the garden nurtures something that a lot of us have abandoned a long time ago: our inner child.
I'm getting more questions about growing bananas, which means Mississippi gardeners are interested in creating a tropical feeling in our landscapes.
Forget the snooty debates over "crape murder" pruning; it's a moot point now. We got a real problem.
I got into a smackdown with an older, more experienced gardener over who grows the tastiest tomatoes. And I got owned. Totally owned.
Whacking overgrown shrubs back hard, like changing diapers, needs doing occasionally and can be worrisome the first time. But it usually works out fine.
Summer has hit us with a vengeance this year.
At their most unpretentious, gardening, cooking and music have very simple things in common.
As my wife and I traveled around the Southeast last week visiting family and old friends, one stop was especially memorable.