I read a criticism a few years ago about the ways we tend to separate children into very strict categories and classes based exclusively on their ages. Yes, of course there are developmental trends for every age, but imagine if you were assigned your job or your Sunday school class based only on your age.
With much of our workforce telecommuting from home and with school suspended or canceled for the kids, cabin fever has already become an issue for many households.
Gardening and home cooking have a lot in common, creating sustenance and comfort by combining basic ingredients using simple techniques.
"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." That's a Buddhist proverb I've heard before and like. It's been true many times for me: when I am ready to understand something, a loved one or stranger will know just the right thing to say or do.
My little garden is helping me cope with being cooped up away from work and social interactions during these contagious times.
We are certainly experiencing troubling and scary times right now. "Quarantine," "pandemic" and "social distancing" have become frequently used words, at least until we get a handle on COVID-19.
Sometimes it seems I need a larger garden landscape because, sadly, I don't have room for every great plant I write about. But one group of plants I make sure to save space for is perennial salvia.
Some of the strangest space creatures in the Known Universe grow right here on our own planet, including in Mississippi.
What's going to happen to my garden, tools and books when I move on to another Eden?
March 1 was the meteorological first day of spring, and I found my thoughts wandering to those summer annuals I love so well.
My neighborhood hosts a largesse of edible stuff people don't seem to appreciate.
Zinnias are annual flowers that perform extremely well in our hot and humid Mississippi gardens and landscapes.
Get ready for Blackberry Winter 2020, which is probably just around the corner.
I've promoted the 2020 Mississippi Medallion winners Colorblaze coleus, beautyberry and Luscious lantana for the last three weeks. Now, I want to tell you about the fourth and final 2020 selection, Garden Gem tomato.
You love them both -- your pets and houseplants -- but it can be challenging to safely raise them together in the same house.
Are those little clumps of flowering greenery in your winter lawn weeds, or wildflowers? It's possible to see them as both and garden accordingly.
One of my favorite easy-care, flowering plants has to be lantana. This low-maintenance plant is highly tolerant of the hot, humid summers in our Mississippi gardens.
Through February, I'm highlighting plants named 2020 Mississippi Medallion winners. Each of these winners is superbly adapted to our garden and landscape environment.
Gambling hasn't always been legal in Mississippi, but gardeners have been doing it openly for generations. Unfortunately, the house usually has better odds than even us old hands.
Who knew my cheery collection of durable potted plants had such deep roots?