I make a point every week to walk around our plant trial beds at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi to see how everything is growing.
The first one I acquired from a dusty corner of a flea market in the French Quarter of New Orleans for only a few dollars.
We are reminded every now and then that the veterans of World War II are leaving us.
Since this is August, we are now officially in the dog days of summer.
Why do we wrestle with who we are?
In the past, I've expressed my love for chili peppers -- the hotter the better.
Because this is the first week of August, we can rest assured that it's going to be hot in our Mississippi gardens and landscapes.
Joan Crawford, eat your heart out!
I remember the feel of Mama's heartbeat and the creak of the rocking chair as she held me close, humming some old gospel hymn. When she held me close, I was home.
When the summer season heats up starting in July, I really like seeing Rudbeckias in our Mississippi landscapes.
In the park one Sunday, I was sharing coffee and gossip with a neighbor who's a waiter in a French restaurant.
Daddy won it from an auction one Sunday televised on our big console television while Mama, my brothers, and Uncle Wayne sat around the living room cracking jokes about Jerry Lewis's hairstyle.
I never met my grandmothers on either side of my family, yet I feel a longing for both of them.
Gardeners are always looking for landscape plants that provide interest, and they primarily concentrate on the colorful flowers. But in my experience, even the most floriferous garden plant will need some help to maintain garden beauty.
Each person's story is a patchwork quilt of memories sewn together by time. If I had a quilt to tell my storied past, what would the squares of fabric reveal?
My friend Dr. Selden Lambert has years of expertise in criminology.
Lately, I've been telling you about some of my favorite go-to plants for Mississippi gardens. The canna lily is another easy landscape plant that I think everyone should have in his or her garden.
Most of the time, I write about what I think are great landscape plants for gardeners in Mississippi to try in their landscapes. But this column is a bit different as I'm writing about a plant I don't recommend for the home gardener.
Narrow daylight entered my room. Shining hours were brief." Not my words, but the lyrics of a Diana Krall song that reminds me of my darkest season.
Last Saturday I went to a very special birthday party. Dr. Robert I. Gilbert, retired professor of sociology at MSCW (now Mississippi University for Women), celebrated his birthday -- number 101!