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.
One group of landscape plants that is really starting to take off with its summer show is the lantana. These popular landscape plants are available in a dizzying variety of sizes and colors.
I'm setting up an epic battle in my garden between a small reptile and its normally-meek but now Frankensteinian prey.
A few nights ago, Zack and I had to sit down with a planner to figure out how we were going to juggle an evening consisting of an open house at one child's school, course selection night at another child's school, a softball game, and a food delivery.
I often wonder about those folks who toil in their gardens alone with just their plants and thoughts. Such non-joiners, scattered worldwide, just a few in every community, love gardening more than they do hobnobbing with other people.
Over the past couple of years, I've found myself joining home gardeners everywhere in planting more plants to attract pollinators.
It has been brought to my attention, in a well-meaning manner by a writer, that I am apparently not very big on vegetables because I don't write very much about them.
Last week, I really enjoyed sharing the story of the Peggy Martin rose and showing off this marvelous rose growing in my home landscape. I think Southern Gardening Nation liked the Peggy Martin story, as well, based on the positive response from the various social media outlets.
Got fire ants and slugs? I have found ways to handle them both, with a little attitude adjustment.
This weekend I finally had a chance to sit back, take a breath and reflect a little. I've been on my annual spring horticulture marathon, and this year was the most hectic yet.
I just started my summer garden by tucking some basil into what is literally the fastest garden on earth.
Glad I didn't plant my tomatoes last week. That not-so-surprisingly late spate of "blackberry winter" happens nearly every year. Which brings me to a pet peeve.
There's still plenty of time to plant some butterfly weed in your home garden and enjoy colorful Monarch butterflies as they visit this summer.
Thank goodness spring has arrived! After what seems to be an eternity, I finally had a chance to do some much-needed work in my landscape and garden.
There are some interesting experiences worth having, but not often. Eating hot peppers and poking myself in the eye come to mind.
Many folks have been waiting for this moment: the day it's warm enough and past the main threat of frost to become tomato planting time.
Landscape gardening sometimes involves hard decisions where no solution seems just right. But "between a rock and a hard place" dissonance can be resolved by going in an entirely different direction.
In much of life, there's an oft-overlooked, almost soulful fifth sense that lifts the ordinary to the sublime.
The seasons are playing tricks on us with cold temperatures following warm. I want to address a landscape issue that's generating quite a few questions.