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In the garden with Felder: Heirloom antiques remind us of garening ancestors

Posted 5/24/2020 in Columns

Are the concrete chicken, big urn and homemade toadstools in my garden antiques, heirlooms, or just old?

Southern Gardening: Use flowers that create mats of color in gardens

Posted 5/24/2020 in Columns

One of the landscape views many gardeners ignore is the horizontal plane.

In the garden with Felder: The nature of plants

Posted 5/16/2020 in Columns

To hear some folks talk, you'd think plants have intentions, good or bad and everything in between.

Southern Gardening: Profusion zinnias give strong color all summer

Posted 5/16/2020 in Columns

I'm becoming increasingly optimistic about our 2020 Mississippi summer gardens and landscapes. COVID-19 is on everyone's mind, but an upside to the virus is that more homeowners are gardening than ever before.

In the garden with Felder: The nature of vines that twine

Posted 5/9/2020 in Columns

Ever notice how a cat can't help raising its rear when you stroke its back? Vines do the same thing. Sorta.

Southern Gardening: May the fourth be with gardens

Posted 5/9/2020 in Columns

May 4 marked a milestone for me and my wife as the last Star Wars movie, "Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker," was being released straight to digital, thanks to COVID-19.

In the garden with Felder: Talk the talk, walk the walk

Posted 5/2/2020 in Columns

Social distancing doesn't apply to Victory Garden vegetables; some actually do best when stuffed into close quarters.

Southern Gardening: Wave petunias deserve a place in home gardens

Posted 5/2/2020 in Columns

I'm sure Southern Gardening Nation knows that Supertunias, especially Vista Bubblegum, are among my favorite summer color because they are reliable performers in my coastal Mississippi garden and landscape.

In the garden with Felder: Are your landscape lines by decision or default?

Posted 4/25/2020 in Columns

A landscape is largely defined by its lines. You can change or soften them, but the edges between things, whether straight, curvy or a mishmash, are characterful.

Southern Gardening: Melampodium is a garden must-have

Posted 4/25/2020 in Columns

There are a few must-have plants for my summer Mississippi garden and landscape.

Southern Gardening: April is a perfect time to garden while isolating

Posted 4/18/2020 in Columns

Did you know that April is National Gardening Month? In my landscape, every month is gardening month, but it's fitting to be officially celebrating as many people are gardening for the first time while they shelter in place.

In the garden with Felder: April gardens create a buffet for the nose

Posted 4/18/2020 in Columns

I got ambushed by a powerful fragrance while busting out of the cabin for an early evening walk around the neighborhood. It was cloyingly sweet.

In the garden with Felder: Learn how to get dirty again

Posted 4/11/2020 in Columns

Gardening activity is being supercharged right now by three fevers working together to keep more of us close to home.

Southern Gardening: Herbs are easy for first-time gardeners

Posted 4/11/2020 in Columns

As we continue to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, I've read that our eating habits are changing. The options for eating out have been limited as we practice social distancing.

Local voices: Celebrating Easter in the era of COVID-19

Posted 4/4/2020 in Columns

I think one of the hardest parts of this quarantine is upon us: Easter. What is Easter without a big egg hunt, the church cantata, a new dress, and a basket full of jelly beans?

In the garden with Felder: Staying occupied?

Posted 4/4/2020 in Columns

In these uncertain days of social isolation and children underfoot, there are some alluring ideas for keeping busy in the garden without overloading yourself, and for entertaining bored kids.

Local voices: Unconventional times call for unconventional learning

Posted 3/28/2020 in Columns

I read a criticism a few years ago about the ways we tend to separate children into very strict categories and classes based exclusively on their ages. Yes, of course there are developmental trends for every age, but imagine if you were assigned your job or your Sunday school class based only on your age.

Southern Gardening: Gardening offers many stay-at-home benefits

Posted 3/28/2020 in Columns

With much of our workforce telecommuting from home and with school suspended or canceled for the kids, cabin fever has already become an issue for many households.

In the garden with Felder: Getting the 'chili' right

Posted 3/28/2020 in Columns

Gardening and home cooking have a lot in common, creating sustenance and comfort by combining basic ingredients using simple techniques.

Local voices: The teachers will appear

Posted 3/21/2020 in Columns

"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." That's a Buddhist proverb I've heard before and like. It's been true many times for me: when I am ready to understand something, a loved one or stranger will know just the right thing to say or do.

 

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