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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.


Playing in the dirt: December tips for green thumbs (and Christmas trees)

Posted 12/9/2017 in Columns

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas and Happy Holidays, whichever you celebrate.

Southern Gardening: Ancient myths can find a place in modern gardens

Posted 12/2/2017 in Columns

Celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends got me thinking about traditions and beliefs, some popular in the distant past but gone by the wayside today.


Being Beautiful: Friends beat out toys and tractors as Christmas gifts

Posted 12/2/2017 in Columns

My Christmas list to Santa reads quite differently than the one I penned under the supervision of my third-grade teacher, Mrs. Jeffcoats, all those years ago.


Southern Gardening: Sorbet violas are big winter performers

Posted 11/25/2017 in Columns

The last two weeks, I've told you about two of my top three cool-season flowering bedding plants.


Being Beautiful: Star of wonder, star of light

Posted 11/25/2017 in Columns

"Look at lights! Look at lights!" She was too young for much of a vocabulary, but her exuberance transcended the need for words.



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.



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