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This open terrarium was made in an old wooden chair. JoAnne Kent of Philips Garden Center ripped out the cane, put in chicken wire and built a little ecosystem using ferns, mosses, nephthytis and ajuga.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – JoAnne Kent of Philips Garden Center is determined to make terrariums popular again. “They have become my secret passion,” Kent said. “I’d make them all day long if I could.” Kent was reading a book not long ago in which the subject of terrariums came up. She did […]

April showers have certainly come our way this spring. Yes, the ground is saturated, but there are advantages. For one thing, the roadsides cannot be mowed or sprayed, and as a result, wildflowers abound. And one of the showiest and most spectacular of all of these spring wildflowers is Butterweed, Senecia glabellus. Butterweed, one of […]

Even though we’re still early in spring, we need to get ready for the sweltering temperatures we know are on the way. This means we have to start planting two of my favorite summer plants that pack a powerful punch of summer color: SunPatiens and sun coleus. SunPatiens love growing in full sun during the […]

Most homeowners have an average- to large-sized yard but there are those homeowners who have a small garden or yard space. Trying to create the illusion of more space for a small garden or yard requires using a few design elements. One of the easiest tips to create the illusion of more space is the […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Warmer temperatures and an abundance of rain have caused fire ant mounds to pop up all over Northeast Mississippi. “It’s been terrible this year,” said Justin Smedley, Athletic Grounds Supervisor for Tupelo Parks & Recreation. “I never even got to put out the pre-emergence treatments on the fields […]

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Nellie Epps makes her way down a row in the Master Gardeners' new greenhouse.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Many people shop at the Lee County Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale because they feel like they can get a good deal. But there’s another reason that may be even more important. “Many of the plants are grown at the homes of Master Gardeners and brought to the […]

My parents had only two televisions in their home. The one we all watched lived in the den and was a ridiculously old, dinosaur model. It was so deep that part of the wall behind the built-in bookcase had to be removed so it would fit. The only reason they had a second TV was […]

In my travels visiting garden centers and greenhouses, I’ve been reminded of plants that we don’t grow enough in Mississippi. Dahlias are on that list. I can’t decide if it’s because gardeners think these beautiful plants need an extraordinary amount of care or they’re just not aware of them, but we need to grow more […]

Before you decide that conifers are simply pine trees and eastern red cedars, you must realize there is a large family of trees and shrubs readily available that add interest, live long lives and live in our zone 7 climate. There are many interesting silhouettes as well as large, medium and small-size shrubs and trees. […]