By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – You may look at an attic full of old furniture and see a coffee table, a chest of drawers or a bench. But Vanessa Hodges sees Princess Dreamer, Paw Palace and Jungle Den. Since 2013, Hodges and her business partner, Linda White, have been making custom beds for […]

If you love fantastic floors, fabrics, furnishings and accessories, there’s a new place you’ve got to shop. It’s the 12,000-square-foot SUEDE Design Resource Center in Tupelo. Before, Mid-South designers had to shop Atlanta’s Decorative Art Center to find truly gorgeous materials, accessories and awe-inspiring furniture. Now, Memphis designers are traveling here to shop!. While scouting […]

Many homeowners consider it a point of pride to have a nicely manicured landscape. Southern Gardening is one of many sources of information to help gardeners with maintenance tips and plant selection. But sometimes, especially at the end of a long, hot summer, the home gardener loses landscape momentum. As I admitted in an earlier […]

Fall. My favorite time of year. Cooler weather, long hikes in the woods. Roasting marshmallows and sipping cider. Harvest festivals and tailgating. Fall is also the perfect time to plant. Plant pansies within the first two weeks in October. This will give roots time for growing. Chives and pansies make a pretty combination of pink […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – In May 2011, Lindsey Beasley graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in elementary education. Soon afterward, she got a job at Pierce Street, teaching third grade. That December, she bought her first home, a two-bedroom, one-bath cottage in Tupelo’s Joyner neighborhood, known for its quaint houses […]

In poetry and in the garden, fragrance always seems to “waft,” and in the Earth Lady’s garden, Sweet Olive is blooming, and this shrub’s delightful scent is indeed prone to “waft” and perfume the air. Sweet olive or tea olive, Osmanthus fragrans, is considered to be a staple of the traditional Southern garden. This plant […]

Here is a stunning, unique flower that you may have seen growing wild. This species is native to the southeastern United States and is known by several names: Passionflower, Ocoee, Wild Passion Vine, or Wild Apricot. (The Cherokee in Tennessee named it “ocoee”; Tennessee Ocoee River and Ocoee Valley are named after it.) Most people […]

Where did the summer go? I know it’s still hot and will be for the next month or so, but September is here and that means fall will officially begin soon. What prompted me to start thinking about the season change was a weekend visit to the garden center. I noticed there were some new […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal HOLLY SPRINGS – Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs will host its 16th annual Hummingbird Migration and Nature Celebration Friday through Sunday, where thousands of guests will enjoy the natural beauty of Northeast Mississippi’s most spectacular nature preserve. This festival features hundreds of hummingbirds feeding in lush native gardens, […]