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Being Beautiful: Dirt roads are just as exciting as yellow brick roads

Posted 6/25/2016 in Columns

One thing that doesn't change much is a dirt road.


Southern Gardening: Mississippi gardens excel with hibiscus

Posted 6/25/2016 in Columns

Hibiscus has to be one of the best groups of plants you can have in your garden and landscape. Here's several reasons why.

Southern Gardening: Ornamental sweet potatoes are low-maintenance choice

Posted 6/18/2016 in Columns

The Old Farmer's Almanac says the official start of summer is June 20 at 6:34 p.m., but after this past weekend, I'm convinced we're already into summer.


Being Beautiful: A Tale of Two Rivers: Mississippi to Rio Grande

Posted 6/11/2016 in Columns

"It's Colorado rocky mountain high. I've seen it rainin' fire in the sky." I have heard this lyric by the late John Denver all my life, but recently it has come to mean a great deal more to me.



A Stone's Throw: The short story

Posted 6/11/2016 in Columns

SOS! I really think I need something to save me from an unexpected problem.



Being Beautiful: Time stands still, then passes us by

Posted 6/4/2016 in Columns

I remember sitting for hours turning the white knobs left, then right, on that little red square from my toy box.


Southern Gardening: Vermillionaire can fend for itself, flower all summer

Posted 6/4/2016 in Columns

Like almost every gardener I know, I want a gorgeous looking garden and landscape that is drought tolerant and requires little maintenance.


Being Beautiful: Like a child in a candy store

Posted 5/28/2016 in Columns

My favorite book when I was a little boy had to be "Coco's Candy Shop." I traveled across the colorful pages with Coco and friends as we all learned valuable life lessons.



A Stone's Throw: Give them a hand

Posted 5/28/2016 in Columns

Along with my Mothers' Day gift, my daughter Nora Frances gave me a card that spelled out "I Love You" in sign language, the kind where the hand shapes the signs for letters. I knew immediately that it was not an idle choice, but one that had special meaning among our family stories.


Southern Gardening: Annual pentas are choice summer blooming plants

Posted 5/28/2016 in Columns

Pentas are among the best annual summer color plants we can grow in Mississippi gardens and landscapes. Besides providing great color for us to enjoy, pentas are magnets for butterflies and hummingbirds because they are rich sources of nectar.

Southern Gardening: Celosias perform well as summer annuals

Posted 5/21/2016 in Columns

Choosing flowering annuals at the garden center is always an easy task if you have celosias on your shopping list.


Being Beautiful: All the colors of the rainbow, and then some

Posted 5/21/2016 in Columns

There's nothing quite like opening up that yellow and green Crayola lid to get lost in the familiar smell of a new box of crayons.



Being Beautiful: Remembering a Prince among men

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columns

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life."



A Stone's Throw: A subject for an illustrator

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columns

My friend, Barbara Yarborough, lent me a May issue of The Saturday Evening Post, because she thought it had an advertisement for a device that just might keep the deer of my neighborhood from eating my flowers.


Southern Gardening: Oldies but goodies now called Golden Medallions

Posted 5/14/2016 in Columns

One of the fun things about being the Southern Gardener is having the opportunity to share new and colorful plants with gardeners all across Mississippi and beyond.


Being Beautiful: For me, every day is Mother's Day

Posted 5/7/2016 in Columns

Most scars heal on the surface, serving as reminders of not-so-gentle events in our lives. Others run much deeper


Southern Gardening: Unappreciated marigolds are dependable, colorful

Posted 5/7/2016 in Columns

A popular question I get when talking to home gardeners is, "If you could have only one flowering annual for the summer, what would it be?"


Being Beautiful: Does anybody remember Victoria Winters?

Posted 4/30/2016 in Columns

Mrs. Stoddard is terribly worried -- all day, every day, and especially at night.



A Stone's Throw: Got 'em married, anyway

Posted 4/30/2016 in Columns

Remember the old newspaper "society columns?" Well, I confess I feel as if that is what I have been writing.



Being Beautiful: The wheels on the bus still go round and round

Posted 4/23/2016 in Columns

The big yellow school bus was and is a rite of passage for so many of us. If you lived on Dykes Chapel Road and your mama was still in her duster, it was quite literally the only way to get to the red brick schoolhouse in town.



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