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Being Beautiful: Like a child in a candy store

Posted less than 1 hour ago in Columns

My favorite book when I was a little boy had to be "Coco's Candy Shop." I traveled across the colorful pages with Coco and friends as we all learned valuable life lessons.

 

 

A Stone's Throw: Give them a hand

Posted less than 1 hour ago in Columns

Along with my Mothers' Day gift, my daughter Nora Frances gave me a card that spelled out "I Love You" in sign language, the kind where the hand shapes the signs for letters. I knew immediately that it was not an idle choice, but one that had special meaning among our family stories.

 

Southern Gardening: Annual pentas are choice summer blooming plants

Posted less than 1 hour ago in Columns

Pentas are among the best annual summer color plants we can grow in Mississippi gardens and landscapes. Besides providing great color for us to enjoy, pentas are magnets for butterflies and hummingbirds because they are rich sources of nectar.

Southern Gardening: Celosias perform well as summer annuals

Posted 5/21/2016 in Columns

Choosing flowering annuals at the garden center is always an easy task if you have celosias on your shopping list.

 

Being Beautiful: All the colors of the rainbow, and then some

Posted 5/21/2016 in Columns

There's nothing quite like opening up that yellow and green Crayola lid to get lost in the familiar smell of a new box of crayons.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Remembering a Prince among men

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columns

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life."

 

 

A Stone's Throw: A subject for an illustrator

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columns

My friend, Barbara Yarborough, lent me a May issue of The Saturday Evening Post, because she thought it had an advertisement for a device that just might keep the deer of my neighborhood from eating my flowers.

 

Southern Gardening: Oldies but goodies now called Golden Medallions

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columns

One of the fun things about being the Southern Gardener is having the opportunity to share new and colorful plants with gardeners all across Mississippi and beyond.

 

Being Beautiful: For me, every day is Mother's Day

Posted 5/7/2016 in Columns

Most scars heal on the surface, serving as reminders of not-so-gentle events in our lives. Others run much deeper

 

Southern Gardening: Unappreciated marigolds are dependable, colorful

Posted 5/7/2016 in Columns

A popular question I get when talking to home gardeners is, "If you could have only one flowering annual for the summer, what would it be?"

 

Being Beautiful: Does anybody remember Victoria Winters?

Posted 4/30/2016 in Columns

Mrs. Stoddard is terribly worried -- all day, every day, and especially at night.

 

 

A Stone's Throw: Got 'em married, anyway

Posted 4/30/2016 in Columns

Remember the old newspaper "society columns?" Well, I confess I feel as if that is what I have been writing.

 

 

Being Beautiful: The wheels on the bus still go round and round

Posted 4/23/2016 in Columns

The big yellow school bus was and is a rite of passage for so many of us. If you lived on Dykes Chapel Road and your mama was still in her duster, it was quite literally the only way to get to the red brick schoolhouse in town.

 

 

Being Beautiful: Pink: so much more than a color in a box of crayons

Posted 4/17/2016 in Columns

I remember the first time I met her. She called herself "a fan" of my column, and that's why she reached out to me.

 

Southern Gardening: Alternanthera is strong summer garden choice

Posted 4/17/2016 in Columns

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Purple Knight Alternanthera's designation as Mississippi Medallion winner.

 

Betty Stone: Somehow, I'm gonna make it, I think

Posted 4/9/2016 in Columns

The thing is I've got eight grandchildren, and four of them have already or are going to get married within a little over a year. That is a lot of festivity for someone my age. Actually, it is downright stressful, but it proves not all stress is bad.

 

Gary Bachman: SunPatiens tolerate heat, bring color to landscapes

Posted 4/9/2016 in Columns

New Guinea impatiens and SunPatiens are similar in appearance and impressive with their ability to brighten any landscape, but SunPatiens have a much higher tolerance for Mississippi's summer heat.

 

Being Beautiful: Riding shotgun

Posted 4/2/2016 in Columns

I drove my cars fast when I was a boy. Vroom, vroom.

 

Southern Gardening: Plant sun coleus for vibrant summer color

Posted 4/2/2016 in Columns

I have to admit most of my gardening life can be summed up by this saying that someone shared with me on social media: "Real gardeners buy at least 10,000 plants in the course of a lifetime without having the least idea where they'll put any of them when they get home."

 

A Stone's Throw: Happy Easter!

Posted 3/26/2016 in Columns

Happy Easter! Today is the highest holy day in the Christian calendar, and we rejoice on many levels. I have been reflecting on what Easter meant to me at various stages of my life. It is probably much like yours.

 

 

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