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. […]

Daily Journal The Lee County/MSU Extension Service and Master Gardener Association will jointly offer a 40-hour training course for those interested in becoming Master Gardeners. The course will begin Feb. 5 and will meet at the Lee County Extension Office each Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. for six weeks. Each day’s instruction lasts about […]

If you missed the Tornado Restoration seminar offered in October, you’re in luck. This month, the seminar will be offered again – twice – for citizens affected by the April 2014 tornado as part of the Lee County Master Gardeners Educational Series. The seminars will be at the BancorpSouth Arena from 6 to 8 p.m. […]

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Chris Grimes suspends Santa, hanging from a hot air balloon filled with reindeer, from a rope in front of his home on Green Street.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Christmas is Chris Grimes’ favorite holiday. So it’s only fitting that his Green Street house is filled with 26 Christmas trees. “My theory is there’s a lot worse things I could spend my money on,” said Grimes, an asset protection manager at Sam’s Club. Grimes has been collecting […]