Editor’s Note: “The New Southern Living Garden Book,” released in January, is the revised edition of what affectionately has become known as “the bible of Southern gardening.” Daily Journal food/home/garden editor Ginna Parsons recently interviewed Southern Living garden editor Steve Bender (aka The Grumpy Gardener) about the new book. Q. How is “The New Southern […]

This large black fuzzy caterpillar, above, is the larva of the Giant Leopard moth, below. (Margaret Gratz)

On a recent balmy day in early February, the Earth Lady encountered a large black, spiny caterpillar doing a walkabout. What and why, pray tell, was this particular caterpillar out for a stroll when most sensible caterpillars were nestled all warm and snug in their cozy cocoons for the winter’s duration? Ah, but after a […]

With the cold winter weather upon us, are you thinking about planting annual color for the summer? It’s never too early to plan ahead, and thinking about the beautiful landscape you’ll have in the summer is one way to enjoy the dreary winter months. One of the reliable summer-color plants I like the most is […]

Bacteria, fungi, and countless other microscopic creatures have overwintered in your garden soil! Most are beneficial, even vital in keeping your plants healthy, but there are also some that cause diseases. You cannot eliminate them, but you can reduce the damage they cause. How they cause damage: • Bacteria enter plants through openings in roots […]

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A soil test encourages plant growth by providing the best lime and fertilizer recommendations and diagnosing whether there is too little or too much of a nutrient in an area where you wish to plant.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – A day or two of warm, sunny weather here and there may have you thinking it’s time to start getting seeds and plants in the ground, but if you’re smart, you’ll be patient and wait a couple of months. “It’s really too early to plant anything, but it […]

We use color to express our personality. Most everyone has a favorite color. What’s yours? What does it mean? And what’s the best way to live with it as paint on your walls? Neutrals – beige, biscuit, buff, café au lait, camel, cream, ecru, fawn, khaki, mushroom, oatmeal, off-white, sand, tan, taupe – all have […]

Layering may sound like it involves cake baking, but experienced gardeners know layering is an excellent way to produce no-cost plants. Simple layering is a technique that works well for climbing roses, forsythia, quince, butterfly bush, clematis, pyracantha, azalea, hydrangea and a host of other plants. When I was a young gardener, an older relative […]

Cold winter weather causes changes in the foliage of many evergreen plants, including making them express new colors. For instance, Japanese cleyera produces rich, velvety burgundy foliage along with bright red petioles. I really like the way the boxwoods in my landscape develop a warm, orangey-bronze, but if I had to pick my favorite evergreen […]

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The Magnolias was built in 1850.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal ABERDEEN – Stepping through the doors of The Magnolias is like looking back in time. The Greek Revival-style home was built in 1850 by slaves, many of them craftsmen, for Dr. William Sykes and his wife, Rebecca, and their nine children. “The Sykeses had plantations out in the prairie land […]