Miss Rose had been older than Moses when I was a little girl and there were times I fully believed she never missed a church service because she was making sure the preacher was getting the story straight - since she had undoubtedly been there when it happened. So when Granny called my cell a few years ago to tell me the news, I was surprised to hear it, but not for the reason Granny thought.
"Are you sitting down, Sug'?" she asked.
During winter months, many homeowners try to overwinter potted plants inside. Others enjoy inside plants year round, but there can be problems.
Low light, low humidity, dry air and too much soil moisture are the primary culprits that can weaken and destroy our indoor plants. Proper management of these growing factors, of course, is essential to your maintaining healthy, vigorous houseplants.
Sometimes gardening terms can become confusing and lead to wrong cultural practices.
For example, the term bulb is used to apply to a number of different plant structures which are planted and propagated on their location and make-up. Above ground bulblike structures are called crowns, and the below-ground ones are bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers.
This column is being written on Christmas Eve, although it is intended for January.
How can someone have time to write on Christmas Eve?
I have never been a big couponer. I tried it when I was younger during grocery trips with Granny.
My attempts to save money cost my budgeted-to-the-penny Granny an average extra $34. I was ordered to never try to save Granny money again.
My child has wanted a family game night for months now; the only problem was we didn't have many games.
So under the tree from Santa, amongst the Transformers, Redekais and Bakugans was the board game classic Monopoly.
I wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how to keep deer from eating landscape plants.
As the Dawson County population increases, natural areas are being replaced by homes. Homeowners soon realize nuisance deer are difficult to control in residential areas.
Proper pH of the soil is very important to plants. If the pH is low, lime may be added any time of the year.
However, since lime is slow to react, applying lime as soon as possible is important.
As I have gotten older, birthdays have become less of the big deal they were when I was younger.
Of course as a child, birthdays were eagerly anticipated and I was proud to show how many fingers old I was. The birthdays in my 20's were full of frivolous fun that included surprise parties and dinners that spanned for hours and consisted of dessert.
Winter has officially started and cold days are ahead. Despite the weather, the following are a few landscape tips to keep in mind during the winter months.
• Winter is the time to apply miscible oil sprays to kill overwintering mites, aphids and scale on deciduous trees and shrubs. Spray miscible oils when temperatures are above 40 degrees F, but not within 24 hours of a freeze. Since the oil kills insects by suffocation, avoid spraying on windy days to ensure that all surfaces of the plant are covered.
I hate to admit that over the last decade, the Christmas season has lost some of its sparkle.
Don't get me wrong, I still love and celebrate the reason for the season, but the trappings of shopping, the hectic fury of schedules and the feelings of not doing enough for everyone on my list has left me feeling more like the Grinch or Ebenezer Scrooge than someone celebrating the most magical time of the year.
In the south, we love tradition. Maybe it's because in our ever- changing world we find comfort in knowing that some things can stay the same.
Christmas is a special time of year, and I try to share with my children simple traditions I remember as a child.
I can't speak for all men, but when it comes to the men in my life, their idea of quality bonding time has involved some form of sports.
My grandfather and uncle would spend Saturdays at Georgia games; evenings were spent watching the Braves or some God-awful wrestling. This was their father-son time even though they worked more than 50 hours a week together.
Flowering and foliage plants make welcome gifts. How long they remain attractive may be directly related to the care they are given. Careful handling is also an important factor that may affect these plants.
Proper watering is critical. Large plants in small containers dry out quickly. Also, the relative humidity indoors tends to be quite low during the heating and air-conditioning seasons. Under these conditions, check plants daily.
"You're going to have to just get a thick skin," is something I have been told more times than I care to count.
"This is a rough job," one of the attorneys I worked with told me. "You will be called names, cussed at, spit on, probably even hit. You're gonna have to have a thick skin, kid."
Fall is a busy time in the forests and woodlands of North Georgia. Many visitors from metro Atlanta and surrounding areas come to enjoy the ...
It didn't surprise me it was him. Although such had never crossed my mind, it was, of course, just the kind of thing that ...
"Mama, what was your toughest job?" Cole asked one day.
When most people think of dogwood trees, the first thing that comes to mind is usually our native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida). This small tree ...
I have been doing some self-work lately - a byproduct of trying to better myself these last few years.
Take a moment to think back to February earlier this year. What were you doing?
A recent open letter on the Internet has gone viral, in which an Atlanta mom revealed she was going to raise her daughters to believe ...
Unless you are one of the intrepid public servants we keep sending back to the Gold Dome to get you out of our hair, or ...
If you regularly follow the news, you may have noticed several recent stories about a new strain of bird flu seriously affecting poultry production across ...
I hate pictures of myself, always have. My Facebook profile pic is a few years old and I am not one to agonize over the ...
There comes a point in every child's life when they have a very startling reality revealed.
Have you noticed trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs towards the ends of their branches? These webs contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several ...
Some love stories begin with chance meetings, glances across the room, or even horrible blind dates that actually work out.
When you give someone your word, it's a pretty big deal.
Has your summer garden not turned out like you thought it would? As usual, this summer season has brought with it challenging weather conditions for ...
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