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A lesson in friendship

"Mama, can I talk to you?" Cole asked me quietly one evening.

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Hydrangea bloom colors

Hydrangeas are a staple in most southern gardens. Bigleaf hydrangeas, also known as Japanese, French and snowball hydrangeas, bloom in colors of blue, pink or different shades in between. Did you know that the bloom color of hydrangea can be changed?

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Annual 4-H rabies clinic

Dawson County 4-H Club, All Animals Veterinary Hospital and Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital will be holding an annual rabies clinic on April 26.

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Good girls finish last

Angel Doodle is not a good girl. She likes it that way. The little caramel colored pittie mix doesn't even pretend to be good.

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Time to let go and clean the clutter

I inherited my pack-rat tendencies from Granny, along with the dusting allergy.

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Tea scale insect control

Gardeners who have camellia plants are probably familiar with tea scale. Tea scale is a small insect around 1/10th of an inch long that resides on the undersides of the leaves of camellias, hollies and a few other host plants. These tiny insects damage plants by sucking out juices inside the leaves. Heavy infestations can severely damage affected plants, resulting in major leaf drop and occasionally plant death if not properly treated.

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A revised lesson in karma

Mama doesn't care for the notion of karma.

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Swiss chard popular

Swiss chard seems to be quickly becoming a favorite vegetable of many home gardeners. It is actually a member of the beet family that is grown for its edible leaves and stalks. Swiss chard leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked similar to spinach, and the colorful stems can be cooked many ways.

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Honoring the life of Granny, the spitfire

Honestly, I thought she would live forever.

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In defense of the BLT’s

I've been called bossy before. When I was younger, I think there were more comparisons to Lucy from "Peanuts" than to any fairy tale princesses or damsels in distress. Bossy, assertive, stood up for myself - those are not traits a girl is supposed to possess.

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Earthworms are beneficial to soil

Have you ever noticed several small holes and mounds in your lawn? At first glance, this may seem like insect damage, but chances are they were earthworm holes. The mounds surrounding the hole openings are earthworm castings.

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It’s time to read my beloved wall again

Those of you who have read my columns over the years - -and there have been lots of years-- may find this one repetitive, but I'm inspired to do it again. And perhaps something will strike a responsive chord.

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Embracing myself, whatever the scales say

My scales broke.

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I can't decide if I'm crazy or eccentric

I am starting to think Julia Sugarbaker was right. This is the South, and we don't ask if you've got crazy folks in your family, we ask which side are they on.

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Calibrate your spreader

A few weeks ago I wrote about preparing for crabgrass control by using pre-emergent herbicides. Many of these herbicides, as well as many fertilizers and fescue seed, can be applied to your lawn using spreaders. These devices are fairly simple and are powered by the forward push of the operator.

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Dawson County to celebrate Arbor Day

Last week was not a great time to be a tree.

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For the love of dog

If you had asked me six months ago if I was going to get another dog anytime soon, I would have said no.

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