Cactus-flowers zinnias, such as this Inca, are very different from traditional zinnias. Each flower displays masses of thin, almost needle-like petals that come in a range of long-lasting flower colors. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Gary Bachman)

It’s not just people who are happy when temperatures finally start to decrease in the fall. Many summer-flowering annuals that look pretty worn out at Labor Day get a second wind and perk back up. For this reason, late September and October give us some of the best annual color of the entire year. Some […]

On Oct. 25, a “Tupelo Storm Recovery” conference is planned at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo from 9 a.m. to noon. The free program is sponsored by the city of Tupelo, United Way of Northeast Mississippi, Tupelo Garden Club and Lee County Master Gardeners. Last week, Daily Journal food/home/garden editor Ginna Parsons spoke with Sherrie […]

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“I was brought up on a farm. That’s all I did since I was a little baby boy,” said Milton Hill, 74.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal PLANTERSVILLE – It’s almost always growing season for Milton Hill. “Lord, yes. I’m planted for the winter,” he said. “I’m raising all types of greens.” His three and a half acres are loaded with mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, cabbage, rutabaga and broccoli. At harvest time, he’ll hook […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Even as a young boy, Kenn Gray was constantly changing things up in his home in Booneville. “I was always redoing everything – anything I could get my hands on,” said Gray, 42. “In a small town, there weren’t a lot of outlets for creativity. Looking back, that […]

On a recent halcyon day this fall, the Earth Lady made a trek in pursuit of wildflowers with like-minded enthusiasts, Beth Gann and Pepper Carroll. In a rural corner of Monroe County, close to historic Cotton Gin Port and the Tombigbee River, the last wildflowers of the season bloomed profusely, but wildflowers were not the […]

As our weather is slowly cooling, the gardening chores needed to keep our plants happy and healthy are coming into a new season. Fall chores of moving and/or dividing plants, deadheading and general yard cleanup need to be started this month to get ready for the winter. One word of caution – do not prune […]

Probably every gardener enjoys the fall season with cooler weather and extra butterfly activity. If you’re one who can’t get enough of the butterflies, you should consider including one of my favorites, the butterfly bush, in your landscape. Butterflies and even hummingbirds love the flowers of this plant, which is known botanically as Buddleia. Butterfly […]

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Tracy and Scottie Smithey of the Hurricane community in Pontotoc County will be selling handmade furniture, trays, candlesticks and other home décor at the Tallahatchie Riverfest on Saturday.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ECRU – A year ago, Scottie Smithey decided to build a wood table for his outdoor patio. But once he got it made and put it next to his Adirondack chairs, he realized it was too tall. So he moved his creation inside the house and put it in the […]

Whenever I wake early and feel the need for more sleep, I’ll turn on the TV, cover my eyes and listen to “Through the Wormhole,” letting Morgan Freeman’s magnificent voice soothe me back to sleep. But last night Xfinity didn’t have any past episodes available, so I switched to Netflix and on a whim listened […]