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In the garden with Felder: Sometimes a physical barrier is the bottom line

Posted 6/15/2019 in Columns

There is a one-word answer to some of the most plaintive requests I get for help with garden pests: Fence.

Southern Gardening: Color-changing hibiscus blooms are worth the wait

Posted 6/15/2019 in Columns

The fourth and last column in our hibiscus series focuses on a woody species, Hibiscus mutabilis or confederate rose.

In the garden with Felder: Which approach do you take to gardening?

Posted 6/8/2019 in Columns

What motivates you to garden? Unconsciously, everything we do out there involves "why" and reveals a bit of our philosophy.

Southern Gardening: Hardy hibiscus offer many massive blooms

Posted 6/8/2019 in Columns

Week three of the Southern Gardening tour of hibiscus brings the spotlight on the hardy hibiscus.

In the garden with Felder: There's beauty in variation

Posted 6/1/2019 in Columns

Pardon the pun, but I'm jaded with unusual plants.

Southern Gardening: Hibiscus varieties offer tropical color

Posted 6/1/2019 in Columns

This is week two of the "Tour de Hibiscus," featuring great choices for our Mississippi gardens and landscapes.

In the garden with Felder: Gardening 'outside the box'

Posted 5/25/2019 in Columns

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.

Southern Gardening: Rose of Sharon has high growth potential

Posted 5/25/2019 in Columns

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.

In the garden with Felder: Be kind to your garden: mulch

Posted 5/18/2019 in Columns

Pine straw or bark mulch? Not an exciting topic, but to hands-on gardeners and plants it can make a difference.

Southern Gardening: Vermillionaire blooms, attracts until first frost

Posted 5/18/2019 in Columns

Last week, I had the pleasure of being the kick-starter speaker for the Mississippi Master Gardener State Conference.

Southern Gardening: Lantana's summer bloom show is already underway

Posted 5/11/2019 in Columns

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.

In the garden with Felder: Big rains flush out some whoppers

Posted 5/11/2019 in Columns

I'm setting up an epic battle in my garden between a small reptile and its normally-meek but now Frankensteinian prey.

Butter Together: Salsa is the solution. What was the question?

Posted 5/9/2019 in Columns

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.

In the garden with Felder: Like to do your own thing? You may be a DIG'r

Posted 5/4/2019 in Columns

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.

Southern Gardening: Salvia plants bring pollinators, color

Posted 5/4/2019 in Columns

Over the past couple of years, I've found myself joining home gardeners everywhere in planting more plants to attract pollinators.

In the garden with Felder: Gardening in good taste

Posted 4/27/2019 in Columns

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.

Southern Gardening: Choices allow gardeners to include roses at home

Posted 4/27/2019 in Columns

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.

In the garden with Felder: It can be a pesty world out there

Posted 4/20/2019 in Columns

Got fire ants and slugs? I have found ways to handle them both, with a little attitude adjustment.

Southern Gardening: Peggy Martin rose thrives even without much care

Posted 4/20/2019 in Columns

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.

In the garden with Felder: Have garden will travel

Posted 4/13/2019 in Columns

I just started my summer garden by tucking some basil into what is literally the fastest garden on earth.


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