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Southern Gardening from 2019

One cluster of pink, crinkled flowers and some seed-heads are visible with dark-green foliage in the background.
January 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This January’s temperatures have been drastically different from what we saw during last year’s first month.

Dozens of blue flowers bloom above an uninterrupted sea of green leaves
January 14, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Many home gardeners look forward to this time of year to browse catalogs in search of great new plants to enjoy in their 2019 landscapes.

Rich, wide, dark-green leaves with white veins rise from an unfurling center.
January 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Vegetable Gardens

If there’s one vegetable that could be considered the ultimate home-grown vegetable in Mississippi, it has to be collards.

Collards were chosen as a 2019 Mississippi Medallion winner because they are considered absolutely necessary for true Southern cuisine. As a bonus, they’re really easy for home gardeners to grow.

A blooming, yellow daffodil in focus in the foreground with a large cluster of other daffodils behind it out of focus.
January 28, 2019 - Filed Under: Master Gardener

One of the signs that spring will be sprung in the near future is when the daffodils start awakening and poking up in the landscape beds.

Large clusters of red flowers rise above bronze-colored leaves in a pot placed on a wooden deck with a wooden fence behind.
February 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

We survived the latest polar vortex, and I join other Mississippi gardeners in being thankful that we didn’t get the really extreme cold our friends up North experienced. But still, it was cold enough for me and my garden. 

A wetlands area is full of gray trunks of trees with filtered light shining through green leaves.
February 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This week, we continue our look at the 2019 Mississippi Medallion plants with a fantastic Mississippi tree, the tupelo. Tupelo is known botanically as Nyssa sylvatica and is commonly called black tupelo or black gum.

Green bushes grow in rows, holding red and black berries, along with a few white flowers, above their leaves.
February 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

This week, I want to spend our time considering the last of the 2019 Mississippi Medallion selections, Sweetie Pie blackberry.

Dozens of dark blue-black berries hang from stems amid green leaves.
February 25, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I join the gardening world in waiting for the Southern indica azaleas to officially kick off the spring season with their gaudy show of beautiful color. But there’s one landscape shrub that tends to get lost when the azaleas start showing off, and it is actually one of my spring-flowering favorites.

This week, I want to tell you about the Indian hawthorn.

A light-green, round structure is attached to a branch, surrounded by multi-colored leaves.
March 4, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

The seasons are playing tricks on us with cold temperatures following warm. While we go through this latest cold snap, which I have high hopes will be the last, I want to address a landscape issue that’s generating quite a few questions.

Pea-sized redbud flowers hang from thin tree branches.
March 11, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

What a crazy late winter and early spring we’ve had so far this year: warm, cold and repeat.

A mostly red tomato is shaped almost like the letter “U.”
March 18, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Many folks have been waiting for this moment - the day it's warm enough and past the main threat of frost to become tomato planting time.

A man in a gardening hat stands and talks to three adults, with several others milling about in the background.
March 25, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Thank goodness spring has arrived!

After what seems to be an eternity, I finally had a chance to do some much-needed work in my landscape and garden. The pleasant weather we’ve had only adds to my enthusiasm.

Small, orange flower petals cluster together on top of stems and leaves.
April 1, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

There's still plenty of time to plant some butterfly weed in your home garden and enjoy colorful Monarch butterflies as they visit this summer.

A tiger swallowtail butterfly rests on a cluster of pink blooms rising above green leaves.
April 8, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I'm sticking with the butterfly garden theme again this week as I tell you about another must-have plant that I'm positive will not disappoint. Pentas are some of the best annual, summer-color plants, and they act like a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds because the flowers are a rich source of nectar.

Numerous pink roses flowers bloom on light-green leaves against a gray wood fence.
April 15, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Peggy Martin roses are called climbers, but this term is a little misleading as she doesn’t actually climb by herself. This rose is more of a leaner and likes to sprawl. It needs to be secured and trained to grow up and over a wall, fence or trellis.

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