Buying landscape plants can be confusing. Most garden centers offer about any size, color and shape of landscape plants.
But which plant is right for your landscape?
There's some primal instinct that kicks in as soon as mothers hear those words: "Mama, I'm not feeling so good..."
After placing my hand on my child's forehead to see if it's worthy of breaking out the ear thermometer, I always know what to do.
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.
When I was child, it was, on occasion, that we traveled up into the mountains to visit what Mama called her "home church" meaning it ...
The last few years have taught me a lot about what it means to deal with grief.
When I was almost 17 and started my career in media by hosting a weekend radio show on a country music station, I was no ...
There's a few inconveniences that come with living in a small town.
It's funny how someone's opinion or a story will stick with you, how it will trail like a mist of a cloud over ...
My childhood was marked by two time periods.
When I was 10 months into my 16th year, I encountered the most fortuitous opportunity.
Most TV shows often depict kids getting in some of the worst situations imaginable.
A couple of years ago, a national book tour dropped me in Oxford, Mississippi, on a Friday afternoon before an Ole Miss home football game ...
Dog hair is my arch nemesis.
Do you remember the days when we used to say, "I'm gonna run into town and run a quick errand. I'll be right ...
Freud may have been onto something.
Bree, the eight-year-old daughter of my niece Nicole, was riding shotgun with me one day in Tink's pick-up truck. We were in foothills of ...
I rarely get sick - knock on wood.
One of the things about cleaning out, as you know, is the emotional path it leads you down to remembering days passed that have disappeared ...