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.
A bit of grooming and care will keep flower gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months and into fall.
Big Jim, my old rubber tree, just turned 45, and still looks great because of a unique Doctor Who ability to start over when necessary.
This past week, I've had the pleasure of visiting Washington, D.C., while I stayed in Alexandria, Virginia. I was in town because the American Horticultural Society selected me, the Southern Gardener, to receive the Great American Gardener B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.
We dig in it all the time, but have you ever thought about what gives dirt its smell -- or flavor?
In my role as the Southern Gardener, I get to share many great plants all across Mississippi and beyond. Some are new and some are old reliables, but all get to be called my favorite landscape plants from time to time.
There is a one-word answer to some of the most plaintive requests I get for help with garden pests: Fence.
The fourth and last column in our hibiscus series focuses on a woody species, Hibiscus mutabilis or confederate rose.
What motivates you to garden? Unconsciously, everything we do out there involves "why" and reveals a bit of our philosophy.
Week three of the Southern Gardening tour of hibiscus brings the spotlight on the hardy hibiscus.
Pardon the pun, but I'm jaded with unusual plants.
This is week two of the "Tour de Hibiscus," featuring great choices for our Mississippi gardens and landscapes.
There's an easy way to get around the garden-gobbling size and leaf debris to better enjoy our official state tree: Up against a wall.
One of the plant groups I love to grow in my home landscape is the hibiscus. To that end, I'm going to dedicate the next several columns to different options of these beautiful flowering shrubs that are available for the home gardener.
Pine straw or bark mulch? Not an exciting topic, but to hands-on gardeners and plants it can make a difference.
Last week, I had the pleasure of being the kick-starter speaker for the Mississippi Master Gardener State Conference.
4. Dancing in the Park to celebrate 10th anniversary ENTERTAINMENT