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Red and black fruit rise vertically above green leaves.
August 3, 2020 - Filed Under: Other Vegetables, Flower Gardens

Last week, I told you about culinary peppers that I like to grow and ultimately consume. This week, I want to share another way to use peppers in our second summer garden and landscape.

A slender, green pepper sits atop a collection of yellow, red and orange peppers.
July 27, 2020 - Filed Under: Other Vegetables, Flower Gardens

It’s the end of July, and much of my vegetable garden is a distant memory due to the summer heat and humidity. But I’m always encouraged by the production I enjoy from my pepper plants.

A large, peach-colored flower blooms wide open against dark-green leaves.
July 20, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

I’m staying with the theme of second summer this week because I was out in my landscape early this morning taking care of a task that was hard to do but inevitable.

Bright-green leaves with ruffled edges fill the entire frame.
July 13, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

A couple of weeks ago, I gave you my thoughts on the second summer season in our Mississippi landscapes and gardens. In my vegetable garden, the harvest output of my heirloom tomatoes and pickling cucumbers is declining, and I am taking these plants out. But my peppers are stepping up and providing my family with a bounty of brightly colored fruit.

A cluster of unopened buds is seen next to blooms rising from burgundy foliage.
July 6, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of my landscape joys is growing plants that share their big flowers with me.

Tomatoes line a branch in two rows, with colors ranging from red to green.
June 29, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Each year as we approach Independence Day, my landscape and garden begin a transition to what I like to call “second summer.” This is due to the heat and humidity that set in anywhere from late April to mid-May.

Delicate, funnel-shaped blue flowers line the upright stalks of a plant.
June 22, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Everyone has a certain color that is their absolute favorite, and I’m no different. And while I really like the entire palette of colors available for our gardens and landscape, the one color I must have is blue.

A single flower with yellow petals and a green center blooms above green foliage.
June 15, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Over the last several months, I’ve been spending even more time in my home garden and landscape, and many of you may have done the same. But the pesky, hot summer temperatures have finally settled in, and now I’m looking for plants that look good in the heat without needing much supervision.

A large hardwood tree is snapped off and lays on the ground beside a house.
June 8, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Trees

Last week was the traditional start of the storm season, and as if on cue, Tropical Storm Cristobal paid us a visit.

This storm surprised us with a greater amount of coastal flooding than expected; and the rain, oh the rain. The Gulf Coast collected 6 inches in a 24-hour period, which was less than forecasted, but it still creates havoc in the landscape and garden.

A cluster of pink flowers has dark-red centers.
June 1, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

To some gardeners, the zonal geranium is an old-fashioned plant, but to me, there’s nothing like having this classic in my landscape.

Dozens of white and purple flower stalks rise from a stand of green plants in a cement planter.
May 25, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

Many of the garden center stars that draw the most attention are plants with big, flashy flowers. But there’s a group of plants that can have just as much landscape value: plants with tiny flowers.

Trumpet-shaped orange flowers bloom on vines next to pink buds.
May 18, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

One of the landscape views many gardeners ignore is the horizontal plane. Plants that create mats or carpets create a lot of interest and serve an important role in landscapes and gardens.

Let’s look at a few of my colorful carpet favorites.

Orange blooms cover the top of a green plant.
May 11, 2020 - Filed Under: Coronavirus, Flower Gardens

I’m becoming increasingly optimistic about our 2020 Mississippi summer gardens and landscapes. COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, but an upside to the virus is that more homeowners are gardening than ever before. If you’re looking for summer color that will grow through the summer and beyond, then Profusion zinnia is the plant for you.

Individual purple flowers rise above the greenery placed on an open-grid surface.
May 4, 2020 - Filed Under: Coronavirus, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens

May 4 marks a milestone for me and my wife as the last Star Wars movie, “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker,” is being released straight to digital, thanks to COVID-19.

Red and white flowers with purple centers cover a plant growing from a wooden barrel.
April 27, 2020 - Filed Under: Coronavirus, Flower Gardens

I’m sure Southern Gardening Nation knows that Supertunias, especially Vista Bubblegum, are among my favorite summer color because they are reliable performers in my coastal Mississippi garden and landscape.

But there’s another great group of petunias that I haven’t written much about, primarily because I haven’t been growing them lately. That group is the family of Wave petunias.

A green bush is covered in scores of yellow blooms.
April 20, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens

There are a few must-have plants for my summer Mississippi garden and landscape. You can count on me having Vista Bubblegum supertunia, marigolds and all kinds of zinnias to provide color for my yard. But another great plant that doesn’t get a whole lot of attention is melampodium.

A small branch with green leaves has several small, green avacados growing from it.
April 13, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Did you know that April is National Gardening Month? In my landscape, every month is gardening month, but it’s fitting to be officially celebrating as many people are gardening for the first time while they shelter in place.

Purple and green plants grow from a rectangular, green container on the ground.
April 6, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens

As we continue to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve read that our eating habits are changing. The options for eating out have been limited as we practice social distancing.

This is the perfect opportunity for gardeners of all abilities to grow vegetable gardens.

Tiny, purple eggplants grow on a vine.
March 30, 2020 - Filed Under: Coronavirus, Flower Gardens

As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing numbers of people are working and sheltering at home. Although no one even heard of it a year ago, social distancing is a crucial step in reducing the transmission of this very contagious and dangerous virus.

Gardening is the perfect social distancing activity.

Cabin fever can set in with everyone trying to stay home, and some people may think this cure may be worse than the disease. It is definitely not, and gardening can help make it enjoyable.

A carpet of tiny green and purple plants fill garden trays.
March 23, 2020 - Filed Under: Coronavirus, Flower Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

With much of our workforce telecommuting from home and with school suspended or cancelled for the kids, cabin fever has already become an issue for many households.

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