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A Stone's Throw: She ain't what she used to be, but neither is it

Posted 11/13/2016 in Columns

I tried to go to a football game at Ole Miss recently; and, let me tell you, it ain't what it used to be.

 

Southern Gardening: Plant Telstar or Super Parfait dianthus now

Posted 11/13/2016 in Columns

Even though outside temperatures are still quite balmy, we are moving into winter.

Southern Gardening: Try Confederate Rose, a pass-along heirloom

Posted 11/5/2016 in Columns

Heirloom vegetables get their fair share of gardening attention, but many homeowners don't realize that some ornamental plants are considered heirlooms as well.

 

Being Beautiful: Will the real Tammy Wynette please stand up?

Posted 11/5/2016 in Columns

Purple rhinestones adorning Loretta Lynn, a red sequined gown showcasing Tammy Wynette's curves, and a giant jellyfish -- no, it's not just a vivid dream.

 

 

Being Beautiful: The best window seat in the world

Posted 10/29/2016 in Columns

The eyes are supposed to be the windows to the soul.

 

 

A Stone's Throw: What makes me great

Posted 10/29/2016 in Columns

My great-granddaughter, the first one in a new generation in our family, Mackenzie Loecher, was born Oct. 17.

 

Southern Gardening: Use containers to grow mobile citrus orchards

Posted 10/29/2016 in Columns

I like the changing of the seasons, as it means we get to plant a new set of color annuals like pansies, violas and dianthuses.

Southern Gardening: Plant violas in the fall for winter-long color

Posted 10/22/2016 in Columns

An important step in keeping year-round color in the garden and landscape is planting and transitioning the annual color plants.

 

Being Beautiful: Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Posted 10/22/2016 in Columns

One can say my best friend Chastity Hope and I have fallen together into what Dr. Seuss refers to as "mutual weirdness."

 

 

A Stone's Throw: Non-progressive progress

Posted 10/15/2016 in Columns

Not all change is progress.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Candy corn and bubble gum served with memories just as sweet

Posted 10/15/2016 in Columns

"Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat."

 

Southern Gardening: Ancient papyrus performs in Mississippi gardens

Posted 10/15/2016 in Columns

At the 43rd annual Ornamental Field Day at the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville, one plant that drew a lot of attention was the exotic-looking King Tut papyrus.

 

Being Beautiful: Rewriting the pages of history

Posted 10/8/2016 in Columns

 

Southern Gardening: Plant Matrix pansies now for winter color

Posted 10/8/2016 in Columns

When I woke up Saturday morning, the cool air felt like getting a visit from an old friend.

 

A Stone's Throw: A touch of kindness

Posted 10/1/2016 in Columns

Having reached my present age, I have spent much of my allotted time in hospitals, even working in the laboratory of one for several years.

 

Southern Gardening: Shop now for colorful fall-blooming mums

Posted 10/1/2016 in Columns

I always enjoy the shift from summer to fall, but determining when the seasons actually change can be a bit confusing.

 

Being Beautiful: Having your cake and eating it, too

Posted 10/1/2016 in Columns

Last week I dug way down into an oversized cardboard box marked "fall decor from Mississippi," pulling out glittered pumpkins, ghords and fall leaves clinging to grapevine garlands almost as tightly as I cling to the memories of time gone by.

 

 

Being Beautiful: The art of finding me

Posted 9/24/2016 in Columns

I was that shy, awkward little boy in elementary school who lived for turning ordinary pinecones into colorful turkeys with just the help of Elmer's glue, construction paper and glitter.

 

 

A Stone's Throw: 'Shared' honeymoons

Posted 9/17/2016 in Columns

Whoever said, "Old age is not for sissies" really knew whereof he spoke.

 

Southern Gardening: Plant problems require good detective work

Posted 9/17/2016 in Columns

The story you are about to read is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent gardener. This is South Mississippi. My name is Bachman. I'm an Extension horticulture specialist.

 

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