Need a low maintenance ground cover? Monkey grass may be a good selection. This Asian native has adapted well to our area and has proven to be very tolerant of poor soil conditions, heat, deer, dogs and drought. It is also rarely affected by pests and diseases and can be used for trouble spots or […]

Before settling down for your long winter’s nap, use a few hours of lingering sunlight to tend to some garden chores. Maintenance: Clean and dry clay pots and move them to a frost-free place until spring. Repair, paint, clean or discard damaged lawn and patio furniture. Order custom slipcovers. Protect and drain hoses before a […]

As we prepare to head into a new year of gardening adventures, I’ve been thinking about a variety of landscape questions and quandaries that pop up from time to time. A common question in the spring concerns starting plants from seed. I understand the idea of saving a little money because I also like to […]


A visit to the attic is often a trip down memory lane. This seldom-visited space is a repository for seasonal items, castoffs and memorabilia. And in most attics, sentiment often holds sway over common sense. The attic becomes a place for sequestered memories. The Earth Lady, huffing and puffing, muttered a few “bah humbugs” while […]

Nancy Diffee of Tupelo shows off her Cattleya orchid, which produced 18 blossoms this year.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – When Nancy Diffee’s son lived in Florida, he was a member of the “orchid of the month club.” When he moved from Florida to Georgia in 1999, he couldn’t keep them all so he began giving them away. The one he gifted to his mother 16 years ago […]

By Jan Swoope The Commercial Dispatch COLUMBUS – Henry David Thoreau may well have planted seeds for the modern tiny house movement when he went “to the woods” to live “deliberately.” The 19th-century naturalist advocated simple living, an ideal Heather and Scott Emch fully embraced about five months ago. That’s when they journeyed to British […]

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The 12-foot fresh Fraser fir in Mark and Diane Craig’s formal living room is a hodgepodge of handmade macaroni ornaments, Christopher Radko and everything in between.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Every year, floral designer Tracy Proctor helps Diane Craig turn her home into a holiday showplace just in time for an annual dessert party she and her family host. Together, the two go through bins of decorations Craig has pulled from the attic and the magic begins. “My […]

Last week Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, announced Greenery as Pantone’s 2017 color of the year. “This is the color of hopefulness, and of our connection to nature. It speaks to what we call the ‘re’ words: regenerate, refresh, revitalize, renew,” Eiseman said. “Every spring we enter a new cycle and […]

We’re now officially in the Christmas season, and holiday shopping is in full swing. So, instead of an ugly sweater or a pair of reindeer socks, consider gifts that the special gardeners in your life could use in their landscape and garden. Here are what I consider some nice gifts for the gardener. If you […]