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Being Beautiful: Does anyone have any extra fairy dust?

Posted 11/18/2017 in Columns

There are so many things I miss about Thanksgiving now that the light in my little stone cottage on Dykes Chapel Road has dimmed.

 

Southern Gardening: Choose Telstar dianthus for winter, spring color

Posted 11/18/2017 in Columns

Even though the air is still warm in many parts of Mississippi, it's time to plant annual winter color.

 

Being Beautiful: 'Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend ... '

Posted 11/12/2017 in Columns

Well, that's according to Groucho Marks. This much I know: The books we read while children stay with us our whole lives. One of my favorites is "Frog and Toad Are Friends," written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel and published in 1970.

 

 

Playing in Dirt: Gardening doesn't shut down in November

Posted 11/12/2017 in Columns

I don't know about you, but November is one of my favorite months. Who can resist the warm redolence of turkeys roasting, pumpkin pies baking and many other traditional aromas of the season?

 

 

Being Beautiful: Jesus loves me, and so did she

Posted 11/4/2017 in Columns

Birthdays are the best! Mine is this month, and I am ecstatic to be celebrating it with the best of friends in one of my favorite cities in the world, Washington, D.C.

 

Southern Gardening: Kale, cabbage are pretty and delicious in winter

Posted 11/4/2017 in Columns

This year, I'm getting an early start on my ornamental kale and cabbage planting for the fall.

Southern Gardening: Heirloom Confederate rose thrives across state

Posted 10/28/2017 in Columns

I have weekly favorite plants, as you may know, and one of my favorites started blooming in earnest over the last couple of weeks.

 

Being Beautiful: Bubble gum and Tootsie Rolls for Wonder Woman and the Wolf Man

Posted 10/28/2017 in Columns

My mind is a cauldron of memories bubbling over, especially appropriate for Halloween. Who does not remember his or her favorite costumes from childhood?

 

Southern Gardening: Use native beautyberry for fall landscape color

Posted 10/21/2017 in Columns

After cleaning the mess from Hurricane Nate, I had the chance to participate in two outstanding field days in Mississippi and Louisiana.

 

Being Beautiful: The price of education and the cost of not learning

Posted 10/21/2017 in Columns

 

 

Being Beautiful: How are you today? I really want to know ...

Posted 10/14/2017 in Columns

We need more simple acts of random kindness.

 

Southern Gardening: Last-minute preparations save gardens from storms

Posted 10/14/2017 in Columns

While Hurricane Nate was obviously not in the same class as Katrina, the last hurricane to hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, it did provide gardeners a lesson in getting their landscapes ready before a storm.

Playing in the dirt: Scare up some good gardening

Posted 10/14/2017 in Columns

Boo! It's October, and I'll bet you've got a pumpkin, gourd, corn or nuts in a strategic spot for these perennial fall decorations.

Southern Gardening: Cannas thrive in heat, resist disease

Posted 10/7/2017 in Columns

Cannas are commonly grown as large-specimen plants and look fantastic mass planted in landscapes.

 

Being Beautiful: With liberty and justice for all

Posted 10/7/2017 in Columns

I was taught first by my daddy, a proud veteran, then by my elementary school teachers that the flag is a symbol of everything American and should be treated as such.

 

Southern Gardening: Use Gulf Muhly grass for winter looks, color

Posted 9/30/2017 in Columns

I know some homeowners who look at ornamental grasses and wonder what is the big deal; these plants are only grass.

 

Being Beautiful: Tales of Ferris wheels, funnel cakes and first cousins

Posted 9/30/2017 in Columns

The fair is coming to town!

 

Southern Gardening: Color fall gardens with ornamental peppers

Posted 9/23/2017 in Columns

Late summer and early fall are among my favorite times of the year because the ornamental peppers are starting to really color up.

 

Being Beautiful: Tethering hot air balloons, loosely

Posted 9/23/2017 in Columns

There has always been more than little bit of Peter Pan in me.

 

Southern Gardening: Fall brings nekkid ladies to Southern landscapes

Posted 9/16/2017 in Columns

This is the time of year many gardeners have been waiting for all summer.

 

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