The 2013 Georgia Gold Medal Plants have been selected and as in years past, the winners are rated as No. 1 superior ornamental plants for use in the residential landscape.
My son-in-law and my oldest grandson drive me nuts (they argue that for me it's a short walk). They must have the latest electronic gadgets - iPads, iPhones, iPods, Nooks, Kindles, smart phones, smarter phones ... stuff I've never heard of, and never will understand.
Spring season had a benign start in North Georgia with just a cold snap. Other parts of the world weren't as lucky.
A few days ago we were driving along in the truck. From the back seat, I heard Chloe and Cole arguing.
March in Georgia is always a roller coaster of ups and downs with warm weather at the first of the week and then a cold rain for the weekend. We all get to the point in late winter that we just wish for warmer weather and the emergence of a few flower buds and leaves only feeds the fire.
Bill Cheng's debut novel "Southern Cross the Dog" is a gritty, dark odyssey that explores the lives of three people, and how each is caught between the harsh, tragic living world and the enigmatic, enticing supernatural world.
Earthquakes keep hitting inhabited areas on the planet, and they have nothing to do with human activities and carbon emissions, not even with the offshore oil drilling that my grandmother used to blame for all the destruction caused by quakes.
Many times we get information on a product that is touted as the miracle product of the year, even the decade. It always sounds so good that we hope it is something that can save us time, money or make our lives a little easier.
March is Women's History Month. It was 100 years ago this month that women marched in Washington, D.C., demanding equal voting rights. The suffragists' struggle resulted in the 19th Amendment, making the left out half of the population a full part of the political process.
Today I think I learned the true meaning of the phrase, "Out of the frying pan and into the fire."
Everyone is on Facebook these days. It's a great way to communicate to catch up with friends and stay connected with family that is far off. It is also a great way to advertise a product and reach new customers.
Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits. I love strawberry shortcake, strawberry milk shakes and strawberry smoothies. One of the first things I learned to make as a home economics student was strawberry shortcake. And I also love the "Fruity Parfait" recipe we use for "Food Talk," a part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Program. The parfait uses strawberries, vanilla low-fat yogurt, lightly sweetened cereal and pecans. You can ...
Atlanta author Jonathan French says "Books are akin to blades. They take a great deal of heat, pressure and time to produce."
Outdoor season is starting just about now. When one hikes in the woods of North Georgia, it often becomes difficult to keep track of the direction. If you don't have a compass, but brought a watch with hands and a dial, you can locate south with it.
Do you have a berm in your landscape? A berm is an easy and functional way to create height and can add interest to an otherwise dull, flat landscape. Berms are mounded hills of soil constructed to block out unsightly views, drain water or redirect foot traffic. The most common reasons to create a berm are for aesthetic purposes, such as adding raised elements to the garden and emphasizing a main focal point in the ...
Back in 2011, I created a list of the top holiday-themed books I love. One book was "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol." The author, Tom Mula, has finally (and thankfully) released a new book this year which pays homage to another great literary classic while giving it an inventive spin.
Boats leak from the bottom. But a house can leak from the top or the bottom.
Plants and lawns cannot survive without water, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
Hot dogs are often a staple food for camping and grilling in the backyard and at tailgates parties.
The other night I went into the kitchen and poured myself a glass of juice. Chloe came in and said she needed to take some medicine before she went to bed. So, I set the juice on the counter and reached for her medicine bottle.
North Georgia's summer climate is often called "hot and humid." But that's not really accurate. There are times when it's warm and humid, and other times when it's hot and dry.
Not too many animals in the world get quite the same emotional response as snakes when they are found in the woods or around the house. People have been repulsed by and attracted to snakes ever since the dawn of time.
Cole and I went shopping at Walmart. As we walked toward the door, I saw her. She was obviously in poor health.
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