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Southern Gardening: New plant distylium earns 2018 Mississippi Medallion honors

Posted 2/17/2018 in Columns

Distylium Vintage Jade is an exciting new plant that brings pizazz to the traditional role of foundation planting.

Southern Gardening: Succulent lemon sedum thrive in sunny locations

Posted 2/10/2018 in Columns

As we're working our way through this year's Mississippi Medallion Winners, I now want to look at Sedum rupestre, which is commonly called lemon sedum.

 

Being Beautiful: Not an angel, but my angel

Posted 2/10/2018 in Columns

She came to me, not like an angel, but as my angel, her embrace just as I remember.

 

Playing in the dirt: Plenty to do for February gardeners

Posted 2/10/2018 in Columns

On your mark, get set, go! Gardeners prepare to learn and expand your knowledge and make new friends. And by way of clarification, the classes for Master Gardener training begin Feb. 20 statewide.

 

Being Beautiful: Have you visited Memory Lane lately?

Posted 2/3/2018 in Columns

I wish we could go back to the moments in life that seem to stand still in our minds. Like Cher says, "If I could turn back time ... "

 

Southern Gardening: Use lemongrass as annual or perennial

Posted 2/3/2018 in Columns

Last week, I focused on the 2018 Mississippi Medallion Winner fancy leaf kale. This week, let's look at a second 2018 winner: lemongrass.

 

Being Beautiful: The enduring love of a gentle giant, kisses and all

Posted 1/27/2018 in Columns

I have often wondered what goes through her mind when she curls herself into a big ball on the sofa and sleeps, and she does this a lot.

 

Southern Gardening: Fancy leaf kale named Mississippi Medallion winner

Posted 1/27/2018 in Columns

Garden catalogs start piling up by the front door at this time of year, and our two recent cold spells gave me time to look at them.

Southern Gardening: Nandina shrubs offer gorgeous winter color

Posted 1/20/2018 in Columns

The weather to start 2018 has certainly been crazy.

Southern Gardening: Be patient assessing plant damage after a hard freeze

Posted 1/13/2018 in Columns

I've been hearing and reading comments about the extreme cold we're experiencing and how unusual it is. But to tell you the truth, these temperatures are not that unusual.

Playing in the dirt: Sure, it's winter, but eager gardeners can still get busy

Posted 1/6/2018 in Columns

Well, hello 2018. Can you believe it? It seems like only last week it was 2017.

 

Being Beautiful: Remember the lessons of history in 2018

Posted 1/6/2018 in Columns

With the New Year's Eve champagne barely behind us, 2018 unfolds full of promise and challenge.

 

Southern Gardening: Make spring rudbeckia choices now

Posted 1/6/2018 in Columns

If you've been thinking about gardening this holiday season, it's probably about poinsettias and other decorative indoor plants.

Southern Gardening: Gary lists his 2017 garden favorites

Posted 12/30/2017 in Columns

For the last Southern Gardening column of 2017, I want to take a look back at some of my absolute favorite plants from my home landscape this past year.

 

Being Beautiful: High kicks and modest kisses in a winter wonderland

Posted 12/23/2017 in Columns

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, even though technically I have already had one.

 

Southern Gardening: Crape myrtle upkeep does not include murder

Posted 12/23/2017 in Columns

As gardeners make New Year's resolutions for their landscapes in 2018, I want to encourage all of them to resolve to correctly prune crape myrtles from this day forward.

Southern Gardening: Try black-eyed Susan vine for a resilient ground cover

Posted 12/16/2017 in Columns

Most folks have poinsettias and entertaining on the agenda during the holidays, but for this week's column, I want to highlight a plant that has been an outstanding performer for me all year.

 

Being Beautiful: The 'Twelve Days of ... Springtime'?

Posted 12/16/2017 in Columns

It was a few weeks before Christmas in 1981 and all the halls of Richton Elementary School came alive with handmade Santa Clauses made from construction paper, scissors and glitter.

 

Southern Gardening: Poinsettias bring Christmas cheer and colors indoors

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columns

It seems like I've seen Christmas decorations in stores for at least a couple of months.

 

Being Beautiful: Of miniature marshmallows and times gone by

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columns

Just last night while lying in bed with my Great Dane, flannel pajamas and the classic holiday movie "A Christmas Carol" playing, I sipped hot chocolate from my favorite Rudolph mug, the one with the chip on it.

 

 

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