Home & Garden June 21, 2013

By Staff, wire reports

Garden stories topic
of Learning Series
The Lee County Master Gardeners Learning Series continues July 9 with Sherra Owen presenting a program on “People, Plants and Their Stories.”
Sessions will be offered at both 3:30 and 6 p.m. at the Lee County Extension Office on Cliff Gookin Boulevard in Tupelo
Owen will talk about plant stories passed down through generations. Tales will include medicinal uses, food sources, folklore and fun.
Call (662) 841-9000 to sign up.

New book offers tips
for entertaining
Some people just seem born to entertain. The rest of us need a little guidance.
Susan Spungen is here to help with “What’s a Hostess to Do? 313 Ideas and Inspirations for Effortless Entertaining.”
Spungen is a former food editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and a culinary consultant and food stylist on the films “Julie & Julia,” “It’s Complicated” and “Eat, Pray, Love.” Her book takes readers through all the steps involved in throwing a successful party, from sending out the invitations to setting up a bar and gracefully breaking away from a conversation. The book even covers such post-party issues as using up leftovers and cleaning silver.
The book provide tips and ideas for a variety of types of parties – cocktail gatherings, sit-down dinners, holiday feasts and more. Recipes for 121 party foods are included.
“What’s a Hostess to Do?” is published by Artisan Books and sells for $17.95 in paperback.

OK to cut sedum plants
back in early summer
Q: My sedum plants are about 12 or 13 inches tall. When they bloom, they get leggy. When can I cut them back, and how far?
A: Upright sedums such as Autumn Joy can be pinched or cut back in late spring or early summer to encourage bushier plants. It’s best to start when the plants are about 8 inches tall, but it’s not too late to give yours a haircut.
You can either pinch off the tips of each stalk or just cut the plants to about half their height. If you start early enough, you can repeat the process once or twice until about mid-July, but then leave the plants alone to continue growing.