On the morning of April 28, 2014, the day of the tornado that wreaked havoc on Northeast Mississippi, the Earth Lady observed two Eastern box turtles engaged in courtship rituals. The sky was dark and ominous; the clouds were foreboding; and it was raining. The turtles, however, seemed oblivious to the storm. Strange as it […]

Everyone wants his or her plants or garden to grow and be productive. Why else do you take the time and effort to plant and care for your plants? To achieve good results, plants need some essential nutrients. Unfortunately, most soils don’t provide the nutrients that plants require for optimal growth. There are six macronutrients, […]

Now that the truly hot days of summer have arrived, vitex is ready to show its colors. This is one of the few plants that make Mississippi gardeners and nongardeners alike stop and take notice. Many people call with questions about the beautiful, blue flowering shrubs we have at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research […]

Recent rains have taken a toll on vegetable gardens, large and small, across Northeast Mississippi. Thomas Horgan, a senior research associate at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona, recently talked with Daily Journal home and garden editor Ginna Parsons about what to do with a waterlogged garden. Q: What can a home […]

You can hardly miss the yellow flowers of Coreopsis lanceolata along highways in the summer, so it’s easy to see why this is the state wildflower of Mississippi. Several species of the plant fall under the common name of tickseed. Coreopsis lanceolata grows up to 2 feet tall along roadsides and in prairie-type sites. Its […]

If you don’t overthink things and follow a few easy steps, making a room over by rearranging it can be simple. Try these tried-and-tested room rearranging tricks for a fabulous room makeover of your own. Clear the room. Remove everything. Trust me, you’ll thank me when you’re done. Too much trouble? Read a couple more […]

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By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal MICHIGAN CITY – Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my! And alligators, elephants and giraffes. Say what? Throw in rabbits, bulldogs, gnomes, tiki heads, gargoyles, owls and armadillos – not to mention fountains, birdbaths and urns – and you’ve got Mid-South Ornamental Concrete. The family-owned business, operated by Kurt and […]

There is nothing quite so dramatic or exciting as a Giant Swallowtail butterfly fluttering about the garden, and after a tornado, such a beautiful butterfly is symbolic of hope and renewal. With its languid, yet rhythmic, flight pattern, it methodically visits flower after flower. Unlike so many butterflies, the Giant Swallowtail is not skittish and […]

Did you know bells work well in the landscape? For years, one of my favorite landscape plants has been Heuchera, commonly called coral bells. I don’t think you can beat the landscape punch of texture and color these plants bring. Coral bells bloom, but I grow them strictly for the foliage. I’m gaining appreciation for […]