Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a popular flowering plant found in many American homes at Christmas. The poinsettia is native to southern Mexico and is named after Joel R. Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the plant to the U.S. in 1825.
This year, it truly is the thought that counts By Sudie Crouch For the Dawson Community News Trying to buy the perfect gift is hard. It's a large contributor to the stress of the holidays - is it what they want, is it too much, not enough? Will it fit? That's why gift cards, certificates and good old hard cash never go out of style. Mama decided she wanted to give us gifts this year, ...
My love affair with shoes started at an early age. I acquired my first pair of high heels at the age of 8, much to Mama's disapproval. They were lovely -strappy and silver with a two and half inch heel - and I just knew I would be like Olivia Newton-John if I got them.
Live trees have been used to decorate homes during the Christmas season for more than 500 years. Thirty-three million live Christmas trees are used each year in the United States. Live trees have a fragrance, attractiveness and tradition that can't be matched by artificial trees.
Fall is most closely associated with leaves dropping from deciduous trees, like oaks and maples. But did you know that evergreen trees, such as pines, shed their needles also? "Evergreen" does not really mean that the trees stay green for the entire life of the tree. It actually means that the leaves or needles stay green and attached to the plant for more than one year.
Mama's been worried. Really, really worried. More so than her usual worried-about-nothing - except-she-has to worry anxiety. "Have you heard anything about how the world is supposed to end next month?" she asked recently.
My ex had a lot of complaints when it came to my family and how I was raised. The primary complaint being how we were not the refined, cultured caste of people he thought his family was.
We are well into November, and the weather is becoming chillier by the day. Nothing feels better than coming home to a warm, comfortable house after a cold day at work. Unfortunately, insects feel the same way.
Flowering bulbs can be a great addition to any garden. Bulbs such as daffodils, hyacinths and tulips are usually the earliest flowers to bloom in spring. Many bulbs will grow for several years with little care, while others are treated as an annual and planted for only one season. They can be placed almost anywhere in the home landscape, including flower beds, pots and even in the lawn.
I am not sure what it is about men and grocery stores, but those long mysterious aisles seem to present a conundrum to a lot of men. Or maybe it's just my husband. I joke that his idea of Friday Night Date Night is taking me to the grocery store, where we spend 'quality time' together.
If you have watched television or listened to radio in the past few months, chances are you have heard at least one commercial from Scotts brand fertilizer. Their television ads feature a rugged, red-bearded Scotsman named, of course, Scott. Scott informs us that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn to help grow new roots for survival during the long winter ahead.
I am a simple girl really, I don't need to have to have a lot of fancy things. I would definitely enjoy them and be giddy if I had fancy, but I don't have to have a lot of bells and whistles. Case in point: When we moved to the mountains years ago, our cabin didn't have a dishwasher. I swore after spending the first 25 years of my life without one, I would never, not have a dishwasher again.
Have you ever noticed masses of light-green, plant-like material growing in your lawn while mowing your grass? These are probably patches of moss or algae. Most people notice moss during the summer months when they are actively cutting the lawn. However, winter months, between December and March, are the best time to control your moss problems.
Halloween - the night that begat all fun-sized candies is upon us and with it, the magic and lore of that night. "Mama, did they do trick or treating when you were a kid?" Cole asked.
When most folks think of gardens in the fall, leaf color change is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Another aspect of fall and winter gardens that is often overlooked is ornamental berry production. As the leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs drop, certain plants will reveal their showy clusters of brightly-colored berries.
Pansies are the quickest and easiest way to add color to a dull fall landscape. They are a hardy winter annual native to Europe, and most likely a hybrid of Johnny Jump-up flowers. Millions of pansies are grown each year for the Georgia market, and with more than 300 varieties to choose from, you will most certainly find a pansy color to suit your taste.
By nature, I am not a jealous person. Never have been, and don't really see that changing in the future. I believe it to be a supremely petty emotion and the only thing that has ever given me a near pang has been a sassy pair of shoes I spotted on a lady once.