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In the garden with Felder: Of stumpery and other tributes to nature

Posted 2/16/2019 in Columns

Where to start with today's topic, of deliberately putting woody garden debris to use? It's way easier than dragging stuff to the street and a lot simpler than composting. And it can be downright artistic.

Southern Gardening: Native tupelo tree has great attributes

Posted 2/16/2019 in Columns

This week, we continue our look at the 2019 Mississippi Medallion plants with a fantastic Mississippi tree, the tupelo.

In the garden with Felder: A nod to the influence of Africa's native flora

Posted 2/9/2019 in Columns

Can we take a few moments this month to celebrate how dearly our Mississippi gardens and shared cultural heritage are influenced and enriched by plants native to Africa?

Southern Gardening: Whopper Begonias deserve a place in Mississippi landscapes

Posted 2/9/2019 in Columns

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.

Does your midwinter garden please the eye and fill the soul?

Posted 2/2/2019 in Columns

Is your midwinter garden heartwarming, even when viewed through a fogged-up window? Don't get me wrong, most days are beautiful in the South. But I constantly prowl around for practical, seasonal garden ideas, especially in January and February when temperatures drop quickly from spring-like glory into chilly, wet and gloomy.

Southern Gardening: Daffodils bring early spring color into homes, landscapes

Posted 2/2/2019 in Columns

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.

In the garden with Felder: Sometimes 'perfect' is found in the 'imperfect'

Posted 1/26/2019 in Columns

Dreary weather is forcing me to stay indoors, but I am comforted by my cherished potted tropical plants. Some, however, are really ugly to visitors, which makes me love 'em even more.

Southern Gardening: Collards gain Medallion award, thrive in the state

Posted 1/26/2019 in Columns

If there's one vegetable that could be considered the ultimate homegrown vegetable in Mississippi, it has to be collards.

In the garden with Felder: A bit of feng shui can increase 'happy' in the garden

Posted 1/19/2019 in Columns

There was something wrong about my new garden. Couldn't put my finger on it, just didn't feel right. Then I learned about feng shui.

Southern Gardening: Blue My Mind evolvulus is Mississippi Medallion winner

Posted 1/19/2019 in Columns

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.


Playing in the dirt: New year, new start

Posted 1/12/2019 in Columns

Should old acquaintances be forgotten? Well, of course not!


Southern Gardening: Consider three winning plants for landscapes, gardens

Posted 1/12/2019 in Columns

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

In the garden with Felder: A fast hack for a little privacy

Posted 1/5/2019 in Columns

All this cold rain has finally convinced my trees to molt their remaining autumn leaves, and I'm feeling exposed.

Southern Gardening: Garden catalogs feed garden fever all winter

Posted 1/5/2019 in Columns

As I'm writing this last Southern Gardening column of 2018, I'm trying to take one more look back before plunging headlong into the 2019 gardening season that's just around the corner. But I'm having trouble concentrating because the mail carrier is distracting me.

In the garden with Felder: Kick off the new garden year by dividing and multiplying

Posted 12/29/2018 in Columns

Let's kick this new garden year off by getting more of something while giving part of it away.

In the garden with Felder: A look back at fun and foibles of the past gardening year

Posted 12/22/2018 in Columns

Time to 'fess up about 2018's garden foibles and failures. I've had 'em.

In the garden with Felder: Nothing wrong with creating a midwinter meadow

Posted 12/15/2018 in Columns

I love a nice lawn. I studied turf management at Mississippi State University and consult with professional turf and home lawn lovers regularly.

Southern Gardening: Gary answers frequent garden-related questions

Posted 12/15/2018 in Columns

The questions being emailed to me are literally filling up my inbox.

In the garden with Felder: Take time to savor the season

Posted 12/8/2018 in Columns

I appreciate all seasons, but the relaxed Mississippi autumn brings out a joyous if wistful rush in me.


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