On an evening in early March the Earth Lady will venture out onto her front porch and take delight in listening to the male, amphibian chorus of Spring Peepers reverberating from the nearby bog. After a long, cold winter, this nocturnal serenade, just like the first daffodil or purple martin, is a sure sign that […]

Gardening is fun, invigorating and therapeutic but a little warning about some of our plants is wise. Many plants have a built-in mechanism to protect them from herbivorous animals, such as a chemical the plant can release or with stickers, burrs, spines and needles. While most plants are not poisonous, many can be irritating to […]

It seems that crape myrtles face a lot of dangers this time of year.Many still face “crape murder,” or being butchered by having their branches improperly cut off at the same place every year. A novice gardener sees a so-called “professional” landscape company do it, so they think they need to cut their own crape […]

A fantastic way to display a large collection of art is a picture gallery wall. Hanging many picture on one wall is certainly a beautiful and daring thing to do, but with a little planning, it doesn’t have to be a scary DIY project. There are several gallery picture-hanging methods you can follow, but they […]

Through the column and television show “Southern Gardening,” I have the chance to share some of my favorite landscape plants with home gardeners all across Mississippi. And believe me, I have a lot of favorite plants depending on the season, flower color and more. This week as I’m getting ready for summer, I’m thinking hard […]

With St. Paddy’s Day just around the corner, I think of Ireland, the color green, leprechauns and four-leaf clovers. A memory comes to mind when clover is mentioned. Growing up, I had an outside playhouse under a shade tree where lots of toad frog houses were made from a sand-filled tire. It’s where I played […]

Editor’s Note: “The New Southern Living Garden Book,” released in January, is the revised edition of what affectionately has become known as “the bible of Southern gardening.” Daily Journal food/home/garden editor Ginna Parsons recently interviewed Southern Living garden editor Steve Bender (aka The Grumpy Gardener) about the new book. Q. How is “The New Southern […]

This large black fuzzy caterpillar, above, is the larva of the Giant Leopard moth, below. (Margaret Gratz)

On a recent balmy day in early February, the Earth Lady encountered a large black, spiny caterpillar doing a walkabout. What and why, pray tell, was this particular caterpillar out for a stroll when most sensible caterpillars were nestled all warm and snug in their cozy cocoons for the winter’s duration? Ah, but after a […]

With the cold winter weather upon us, are you thinking about planting annual color for the summer? It’s never too early to plan ahead, and thinking about the beautiful landscape you’ll have in the summer is one way to enjoy the dreary winter months. One of the reliable summer-color plants I like the most is […]