Witch hazel shrubs are filled with acid yellow spidery filaments. (Courtesy)

The bark of common witch hazel, a native to Eastern North America, was used by American Indians to make tea or mixed with animal fats into a poultice because of its therapeutic qualities. A natural astringent, witch hazel soothes irritated skin, shrinks inflamed tissues, is an ingredient in cleansers, pore tightening products and aftershaves, and […]

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Nancy Pooler started making candles to raise money for her church, but when her kidneys shut down, the craft became self-prescribed therapy.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – It’s hard to predict when something learned during those old, hippie days will come in handy. Nancy Pooler, 68, used to be a rambling woman, traveling with her husband to England, France, Germany and Iran. “We were in Iran in 1975,” she said. “It was pretty cool […]

A good color consultant needs to be a chameleon. There’s never one color that’s perfect for every décor, but there is always a perfect color for every situation; it just has to be found. We’re all influenced by the colors others wear, what we see in their homes, and what we watch for entertainment, so […]

Because we haven’t yet had much of what you would call winter weather in Mississippi, we’re seeing some earlier-than-normal garden activity. I thought the one cold snap we had in December put the landscape to bed for the season, but since then, the bananas, elephant ears and canna have started pushing new growth in my […]

Terra cotta pots are a great way to add beauty to your garden. These pots have numerous advantages over other pots when showcasing your plants. They are very porous so it is difficult to overwater your plants and they also allow plants to breathe which is beneficial. The clay also protects the root system of […]

By Floyd Ingram Chickasaw Journal MONTPELIER – Lilah Eaton retired 15 years ago, took up quilting and has no idea how many quilts she has made, but has more than 40 in her home just across the Chickasaw County line. “I grew up working and even worked for years in a dress factory in Pennsylvania,” […]

In the recent obituary of Dorothy Sample Shawhan, beloved Mississippi educator and writer, it was noted that at the time of her death, she was currently writing a biography of Fannye Cook, the founder of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. This was a biography of a remarkable woman that needed to be […]

In the cold and dreary winter months, when color in the landscape can seem like an unachievable goal, we gardeners need to rely on plants with features other than flowers to brighten the areas around our homes. This week, I want to tell you about a red-berried beauty. Pyracantha is a great choice for the […]


By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – For the eighth year, the Master Gardeners of Lee County will offer a series of lectures intended to educate, entertain and inspire area gardeners. The 2015 Educational Series kicks off Jan. 13 and concludes Oct. 13. Seven different hourlong classes will be offered on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. […]