When most people think of orchids, the familiar species, Phalaenopsis or Dendrobium, come to mind. Once rare and available only to the wealthy or those with greenhouses, these tropical flowers are now commonplace houseplants that can be purchased locally and bring long-lasting beauty to rooms on a cold winter’s day. However, orchids growing in the […]

Heirloom vegetables get their fair share of gardening attention, but many homeowners don’t realize that some ornamental plants are considered heirlooms as well. We often call heirloom ornamentals “pass-along plants.” One that I’m becoming fonder of, especially in the later summer and through the fall, is Confederate Rose. This is an old-fashioned plant that is […]

With the soil so hard from the current drought, many gardeners are not inclined this fall to look forward to planting spring bulbs, so necessary to be started now in their growth cycle. Any bulb requires weeks in the chilled ground before it can be expected to bloom. So, what is a gardener to do? […]

Is your décor too bland? Do you feel a need to add zest to a public or private area of your home? Does your dining room need the definition of a second color? Does your den look dull? Is your bed missing a headboard? Is your decorating budget small? If you answered “Yes” to any […]

An important step in keeping year-round color in the garden and landscape is planting and transitioning the annual color plants. Within the last month, I’ve planted my favorite fall French marigolds, also called Mari-mums. My Telstar dianthuses and snapdragons are also in and starting to show off. At the beginning of September, I pulled my […]

The Japanese maple can add beauty to any landscape with its breathtaking, colorful foliage that can range from green to crimson, orange, pink, white or gold. With its varying leaf shape from lacy, an almost feathery shape, to upright leaf or standard, and its different heights and shapes, there are numerous possibilities to pick from […]

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Lara and Joe Brennan purchased Puckett House, her family’s longtime residence in Amory, in 2014. The dining room table is set with china, crystal and silver that belonged to Lara’s grandmother, Mary Frances York Puckett.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal AMORY – Lara Williams Brennan has fond memories of growing up in the Puckett House, which was built by her great-grandfather, Lee Erbie Puckett, in 1925. After Lee Erbie died unexpectedly, Lara’s grandfather, Erbie Lee Puckett, moved home to take care of, and grow, the family business. He soon married […]

The poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, once rhapsodized about a glorious fall day in New England: “The woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag and all but cry with color.” But one does not have to be a poet or even live in New England, famous for its fall leaf tours, to appreciate an […]

When I woke up Saturday morning, the cool air felt like getting a visit from an old friend. After our latest long and hot summer, it has been way too long since we saw each other. During my weekly visit to the local garden center that day, I saw another reminder of the promise of […]