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In the garden with Felder: Which kind of gardener are you?

Posted yesterday in Columns

There are two kinds of gardeners: Those who mow, and those who do not.

Southern Gardening: Rose of Sharon varieties give options for gardens

Posted yesterday in Columns

One day right after we moved to Mississippi, I got a call from a homeowner with a question about her althea plant. I was stumped, but soon found that the plant she was referring to was commonly called rose of Sharon.

In the garden with Felder Rushing: Gardening legacies

Posted 5/19/2018 in Columns

Do you remember the first time someone showed you something in the garden and explained it to you?

Southern Gardening: Try papyrus selections in Mississippi gardens

Posted 5/19/2018 in Columns

With all of the bright, colorful summer annuals we're planting this month, I find myself looking for more out-of-the-ordinary plants for my landscape.

Green Thumbs with Felder Rushing: Where there's a gardening will, there's a way

Posted 5/12/2018 in Columns

I drive an antique pickup truck all over, and often get asked about the flowers planted in the back.

Playing in the dirt: May is a busy month for gardeners

Posted 5/12/2018 in Columns

Ah, the merry merry month of May. Mother's Day, graduations and final exams.

Southern Gardening: Superbells perform strongly in hot, Mississippi summers

Posted 5/12/2018 in Columns

If you're still looking for a favorite plant for our hot summer landscapes, consider Superbells.

Southern Gardening: Celosia almost guarantee summer garden success

Posted 5/5/2018 in Columns

When I was beginning my horticulture journey after making a career transition, I thought I had some idea about color and planting combinations.

Southern Gardening: A years-long search leads to Long Beach Red radish

Posted 4/28/2018 in Columns

When I have visitors to my garden, I like to tell plant stories.


Being Beautiful: A time for every purpose under heaven

Posted 4/28/2018 in Columns

The first time my stories appeared in the newspaper was in second grade when my teacher had the class write letters to Santa.


Southern Gardening: Vitex offers rare true-blue blooms in state landscapes

Posted 4/21/2018 in Columns

One of my true favorites for the early summer season is coming soon to our Mississippi landscapes.


Being Beautiful: The young edge of old, or the old edge of young?

Posted 4/14/2018 in Columns

I truly feel like a member of my own club lately, especially when surrounded by Millennials and whatever labels we apply to those even younger.



Playing in the dirt: Finally, the time of year gardeners 'pine and pant for'

Posted 4/7/2018 in Columns

April seems to have introduced herself as a fickle lady.


Southern Gardening: Deciduous azaleas can prosper in full sun

Posted 4/7/2018 in Columns

There's no doubt that spring is here when the Southern indica azaleas start to put on their show.


Being Beautiful: Bending the arc of the moral universe toward justice

Posted 3/31/2018 in Columns

Once in a while, you invest a day of your life and when it's over, you know it was an incredibly good investment. I had such a day on Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee.


Southern Gardening: Reliable lantana blooms in summer landscapes

Posted 3/31/2018 in Columns

I took a look at my landscape this weekend trying to decide how many plants, if any, I'm going to have to renovate or replace after our hard winter. I have to say I was really impressed at the regrowth so far this spring.

Southern Gardening: Top garden picks shine from springtime forward

Posted 3/24/2018 in Columns

Last weekend, I had the great pleasure of speaking at the Jackson Garden Extravaganza.

Southern Gardening: Native redbud shows out with bright spring colors

Posted 3/17/2018 in Columns

One of my favorite spring flowering trees is our native redbud.


Being Beautiful: Weather forecast: stormy with increasing clouds

Posted 3/17/2018 in Columns

Word of the day -- desensitize: "to make less likely to feel shock or distress at scenes of cruelty, violence or suffering by overexposure to such images."


Southern Gardening: This spring demonstrates advantages of loropetalum

Posted 3/10/2018 in Columns

We're finally emerging from the "freezemagedden" we experienced earlier this year, and the garden and landscape are emerging with a vengeance.


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