We are now officially into fall, which means it is time to start thinking about how to protect our ornamental plants from cold damage.
Daylight hours are getting shorter and nighttime temperatures are dropping. Plants are starting to move in to a state of dormancy, or rest, as their growth hormones slow down.
Most of us are fortunate to live fairly comfortably in our everyday lives. We are lucky to live in a stable society that allows most of us to never worry about our food supply. We all have access to electricity, and all of the comforts and entertainment that comes with it.
Have you ever thought about what you would do if a natural disaster stuck? What if you no longer had electricity, water and access to the grocery store for extended periods of time?
One morning on Facebook my friend Lori and I got in a conversation about why we were up so early.
For me, 5:30 a.m. is normal. I declared myself a morning person.
Last Tuesday marked the 11th anniversary of one of our nation's saddest days: 9/11/01. I don't think anyone will ever forget that day nor should they. People all around the nation, not just in New York, were paying tribute and memorializing for those who perished.
For some, it was a ceremony. For others, it was a moment of silence.
Summer and fall are the most common times to find fruit flies in your home. Although they may occur year-round, the usual abundance of ripening fruit in many people's homes in the summer and fall tend to attract more flies.
Fresh fruit is an important part of a healthy diet, so don't let fruit flies deter you from eating right.
Like a lot of women, I worry about my weight constantly. I was a chubby kid and no matter how many pounds I lose, I always have that chubby ghost lurking in the back of my head.
Mama never had to worry about her weight when she was younger. She was a skinny kid, all elbows and knees. As an adult, she was thin, probably because nicotine and coffee were her two major food groups.
Boxwoods (Buxus sp.) are a well-known garden shrub frequently planted in Georgia.
They have been used for many years in English formal gardens where they gained the reputation as a must-have for upscale, magisterial landscapes.
Parenthood comes with a unique set of challenges. Are you teaching your children the right things? Are they getting the right foods, the right education? Are they involved in the right extracurricular activities? Are you scarring them for life?
But children are resilient people. They seem to go with the ebb and flow of life much easier than adults. Some of the things we worry about, they don't even notice.
"Elvis is going to be reincarnated as a blue-eyed blonde this year," Mama announced to me when I was pregnant with Cole several years ago. "Sylvia Browne just said so on 'Montel' this morning."
Now Mama being as quirky as she is loves her some Sylvia Browne and never missed an episode of Montel Williams' show when the psychic was on.
Recently, national and local news stations have been filled with stories of West Nile Virus outbreaks in several states. As of the time of writing, there have been 21 confirmed cases of the virus in Georgia, three of which were fatal. With cases like this, it is important that residents learn the facts and become aware of how to best protect themselves.
West Nile Virus was first confirmed in the United States in 1999 in New York City. It was first discovered in Georgia in 2001, and had become nation-wide by 2002, according to UGA Entomologist Elmer Gray.
Late summer and early fall is the time when you will begin to notice trees containing unsightly, light-grey webs. These webs often contain the fall webworm, a perennial pest of several trees all across North America.
Fall webworms have been observed feeding on more than 85 species of trees in the U.S., according to UGA Extension Horticulturist Bob Westerfield.
It seems like everything lately is focused on teams and it's not about upcoming SEC play either. Work has become team-based as well, and I am not quite sure how I feel about that.
My first experience working with a team of any sort was in college.
Tall fescue is one of the most popular turf-type grasses in north Georgia. People love tall fescue for its dark green color in fall and spring. It is also easy to plant by seed, making it popular with DIY, or do-it-yourself, homeowners.
Because it is a cool-season grass, meaning it prefers the cooler temperatures of fall and spring, it often becomes thin during the summer. Don't be alarmed. This is the grass's natural method of protecting itself during the hot summer months.
There has been a great debate in my house recently. It does not involve anything political but something much more profound. Who would win in a showdown - Clint Eastwood or Chuck Norris.
"Chuck Norris rules," was my answer.
Each plant in the landscape has a particular purpose or growth habit that dictates specific pruning requirements.
Often we prune to direct the growth or train plants into a certain form or to fit within a certain space, such as a formal hedge.
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Freud may have been onto something.
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"I don't like cornbread," my little vegetarian declared the other day.
Mama has always tried to instill some sort of ladylike qualities in me.
About halfway through my morning run, just about the time droplets of 'dew' were running down my face and I wasn't looking none too ...
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Many people are uncomfortable with stretches of silence in a conversation.
"Mama, can I?..."
One Saturday morning, I ran by the bank to pick up a checkbook that had arrived and found the place to be unusually busy. I ...
It's hard to find a good mudhole these days. Have you noticed that? Too much concrete and asphalt.
It started with a conversation about "Die Hard."
A while back, the chief tax assessors from counties throughout Georgia asked me to speak to their gathering at Jekyll Island. We frequent the Golden ...