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Being Beautiful: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Posted 12/3/2016 in Columns

If you need more proof that Christmas is here than the bright lights flickering from your neighbor's windows or the tinsel snowmen, Santas and angels appearing on lampposts, then just look at the calendar.

 

Southern Gardening: Prepare to protect plants from cold temperatures

Posted 12/3/2016 in Columns

We hit December this week, and it seems like we haven't really had a fall season yet.

 

A Stone's Throw: 'Greatest Generation' still going

Posted 11/26/2016 in Columns

Tom Brokaw called the veterans of World War II "the greatest generation."

 

 

Being Beautiful: And it must follow, as the night the day ...

Posted 11/26/2016 in Columns

 

Southern Gardening: Poinsettia choices are ready for Christmas

Posted 11/26/2016 in Columns

I've noticed over the last couple of weeks that a few early-season poinsettias are showing up on garden center shelves.

Southern Gardening: Cool Wave pansies bring superb cool-season color

Posted 11/19/2016 in Columns

Like many other home gardeners in Mississippi, I'm in the full swing of planting cool-season annual color.

 

Being Beautiful: Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow

Posted 11/19/2016 in Columns

"The hills are alive with the sound of music."

 

 

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

 

 

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