An additional joy of gardening is the arrival of butterflies to one’s flower garden. These beautiful guests can provide great enjoyment and add color for an impressive effect. Butterflies are attracted to sunny locations and need certain plants in order to survive. The gardener can begin by contacting a county agent or research a gardening […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – The Lee County Master Gardeners were recently recognized for three awards at the Mississippi Master Gardener Association’s annual conference in Biloxi. The group was named the 2015 Mississippi Master Gardener Association of the Year. In addition, Dale Smith was named Mississippi Master Gardener of the Year for the […]

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Chris Grimes inherited David Baker’s home on North Green Street and has spent the past three months restoring the gardens to their former glory.

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t stop Chris Grimes and ask him about the work he’s doing in his front yard on North Green Street. “Several times a day, anytime I’m in the yard, people will stop and ask questions or tell me a story about […]

Have you ever been in public and thought, “I wonder if that surface is really clean?” or “Eeww, who touched this last?” If you have, you’re not alone. The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is becoming a serious health concern, with many dangerous bacteria proving worryingly resistant to the most powerful antibiotics. Current guidelines call only […]

Like almost every gardener I know, I want a gorgeous looking garden and landscape that is drought tolerant and requires little maintenance. I know I should know better, but I want what I want. So, I’m always looking for those plants that can pretty much fend for themselves most of the season. I’m going to […]

If you are looking for a big, bright, long-blooming annual to add to your garden, look no further than the Dragon Wing Begonia. This trademarked begonia is easy to grow and virtually carefree. Dragon Wing Begonias thrive in our Southern region’s heat and humidity. They do well in partial to full shade as well as […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal OLIVE BRANCH – The first time Brussel Martin ever saw a bonsai tree was in the 1950s. His father, an architect, brought some specimens back from California and Martin became interested in them as a hobby. That hobby turned into a business in 1972, when Martin began growing and selling […]

In the Earth Lady’s garden the welcome mat is always out for her avian friends. During spring migration the garden serves as a sort of bed and breakfast for transient, neo-tropical birds that are just passing through, and some, like the scarlet tanager, are so lovely that one wishes they would linger awhile. Their stay […]

Choosing flowering annuals at the garden center is always an easy task if you have celosias on your shopping list. Celosias attract a lot of attention, and their flowers come in a virtual kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. This tropical plant is one of the best flowering summer annuals we can grow and an almost guaranteed […]