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Green Thumbs with Felder Rushing: Where there's a gardening will, there's a way

Posted 5/12/2018 in Columns

I drive an antique pickup truck all over, and often get asked about the flowers planted in the back.

Playing in the dirt: May is a busy month for gardeners

Posted 5/12/2018 in Columns

Ah, the merry merry month of May. Mother's Day, graduations and final exams.

Southern Gardening: Superbells perform strongly in hot, Mississippi summers

Posted 5/12/2018 in Columns

If you're still looking for a favorite plant for our hot summer landscapes, consider Superbells.

Southern Gardening: Celosia almost guarantee summer garden success

Posted 5/5/2018 in Columns

When I was beginning my horticulture journey after making a career transition, I thought I had some idea about color and planting combinations.

Southern Gardening: A years-long search leads to Long Beach Red radish

Posted 4/28/2018 in Columns

When I have visitors to my garden, I like to tell plant stories.

 

Being Beautiful: A time for every purpose under heaven

Posted 4/28/2018 in Columns

The first time my stories appeared in the newspaper was in second grade when my teacher had the class write letters to Santa.

 

Southern Gardening: Vitex offers rare true-blue blooms in state landscapes

Posted 4/21/2018 in Columns

One of my true favorites for the early summer season is coming soon to our Mississippi landscapes.

 

Being Beautiful: The young edge of old, or the old edge of young?

Posted 4/14/2018 in Columns

I truly feel like a member of my own club lately, especially when surrounded by Millennials and whatever labels we apply to those even younger.

 

 

Playing in the dirt: Finally, the time of year gardeners 'pine and pant for'

Posted 4/7/2018 in Columns

April seems to have introduced herself as a fickle lady.

 

Southern Gardening: Deciduous azaleas can prosper in full sun

Posted 4/7/2018 in Columns

There's no doubt that spring is here when the Southern indica azaleas start to put on their show.

 

Being Beautiful: Bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice

Posted 3/31/2018 in Columns

Once in a while, you invest a day of your life and when it's over, you know it was an incredibly good investment. I had such a day on Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Southern Gardening: Reliable lantana blooms in summer landscapes

Posted 3/31/2018 in Columns

I took a look at my landscape this weekend trying to decide how many plants, if any, I'm going to have to renovate or replace after our hard winter. I have to say I was really impressed at the regrowth so far this spring.

Southern Gardening: Top garden picks shine from springtime forward

Posted 3/24/2018 in Columns

Last weekend, I had the great pleasure of speaking at the Jackson Garden Extravaganza.

Southern Gardening: Native redbud shows out with bright spring colors

Posted 3/17/2018 in Columns

One of my favorite spring flowering trees is our native redbud.

 

Being Beautiful: Weather forecast: stormy with increasing clouds

Posted 3/17/2018 in Columns

Word of the day -- desensitize: "to make less likely to feel shock or distress at scenes of cruelty, violence or suffering by overexposure to such images."

 

Southern Gardening: This spring demonstrates advantages of loropetalum

Posted 3/10/2018 in Columns

We're finally emerging from the "freezemagedden" we experienced earlier this year, and the garden and landscape are emerging with a vengeance.

 

Being Beautiful: I want the Waltons to be real again

Posted 3/10/2018 in Columns

"I reckon I don't have much to give but my stories," Grandma said to John Boy as she sat on the bed beside him and wished for a better gift to give her eldest grandson.

 

 

Playing in the dirt: It's March and gardeners have much to do

Posted 3/10/2018 in Columns

March is known for lion- and/or lamb-like weather, but from where I sit at this writing, it seems like fish- or seal-like would be more appropriate.

 

Southern Gardening: Do not bother removing lichens from landscape

Posted 3/3/2018 in Columns

Spring has sprung, at least in my Ocean Springs landscape, and gardeners once again are venturing out and taking an inventory of plant damage from this winter's cold.

 

Being Beautiful: On the outside looking in

Posted 3/3/2018 in Columns

The church was as majestic as I expected with massive, exquisite windows through which generations have looked in and looked out.

 

 

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