By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – In May 2011, Lindsey Beasley graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in elementary education. Soon afterward, she got a job at Pierce Street, teaching third grade. That December, she bought her first home, a two-bedroom, one-bath cottage in Tupelo’s Joyner neighborhood, known for its quaint houses […]

In poetry and in the garden, fragrance always seems to “waft,” and in the Earth Lady’s garden, Sweet Olive is blooming, and this shrub’s delightful scent is indeed prone to “waft” and perfume the air. Sweet olive or tea olive, Osmanthus fragrans, is considered to be a staple of the traditional Southern garden. This plant […]

Here is a stunning, unique flower that you may have seen growing wild. This species is native to the southeastern United States and is known by several names: Passionflower, Ocoee, Wild Passion Vine, or Wild Apricot. (The Cherokee in Tennessee named it “ocoee”; Tennessee Ocoee River and Ocoee Valley are named after it.) Most people […]

Where did the summer go? I know it’s still hot and will be for the next month or so, but September is here and that means fall will officially begin soon. What prompted me to start thinking about the season change was a weekend visit to the garden center. I noticed there were some new […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal HOLLY SPRINGS – Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs will host its 16th annual Hummingbird Migration and Nature Celebration Friday through Sunday, where thousands of guests will enjoy the natural beauty of Northeast Mississippi’s most spectacular nature preserve. This festival features hundreds of hummingbirds feeding in lush native gardens, […]

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Antiques Downtown on Main Street in Pontotoc offers everything from furniture, dishes and glassware to lamps, linens and jewelry.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal PONTOTOC – If you go into an antiques shop in Pontotoc and can’t find what you’re looking for, you’re likely to be directed to another place just down the street. “We send people to other stores if they can’t find it here,” said Miriam Clark, who co-owns Antiques Downtown with […]

Blue is one of the most relaxing of colors. It is associated with trustworthiness, strength and dependability. People overwhelmingly like blue. Brown is a natural color that evokes a sense of strength and reliability. Brown is a solid color. Much like the earth, brown is soothing, relaxing, and grounding. Together blue and brown remind us […]

One of my goals for this column has always been to promote the planting of ornamental varieties – and to some extent vegetable varieties – in our Mississippi landscapes and gardens. Sometimes, these plants are tried and true favorites of mine; other times, they are new to market and deserve a chance to shine and […]

How good it is to have an allium bed near your kitchen door! What are alliums? Onions, shallots and garlic are members of this amazing plant family. Yet the selection is even wider than these very necessary culinary additions. Ornamental alliums come in amazing colors and sizes. Grown from bulbs planted in the fall, they […]