Question: I received a beautiful amaryllis for Christmas. How can I take care of it so it will bloom again next year?Answer: Native to the tropics and subtropics, amaryllis (Hippeastrum species) have been widely hybridized.
Microwave ovens can be a very useful appliance for the family on the run. But because microwaves can cook unevenly and leave cold spots where bacteria can survive, precautions must be taken.
During the holiday season when we Lunch Guys are going over the river and through the woods, we inevitably pass a Cracker Barrel.
Question: A friend gave me a streptocarpella plant from her mother's estate, but neither of us knows much about it. How should I care for it?
Last year, as New Year's approached, a reporter called and asked for my resolutions for the upcoming year for a story she was doing.
We Lunch Guys are always eager to embrace new lunch technology. If we had been doing this decades ago, we would have said to each other, "Let's try that new 'drive through' thing in our Model T."
Did you follow a family tradition when it came to selecting foods for your New Year's celebration? My mother, grandmother and her mother before her always served (of course, made from "scratch") black-eyed peas, collards, roasted pork and corn bread. This was considered a lucky meal in our home and pretty well all over the South.
There are many different ways to cook vegetables, each resulting in their own specific result - whether you're going for the dry heat of an oven or the quickness of the microwave.
A friend and I were just talking about this. Talking about how so many people want to write a book.
I've written before about the value of having a camera on your cell phone. For example, you can use it to take a picture of your hotel room number or parking space so you don't forget either one. (I've been known to forget). Well, I was given another great suggestion this week for having a camera phone - Use it to take a picture of your X-ray! Apparently a number of patients ...
Question: Can you tell me why my flowering quince never produces fruit, even though it has lots of blooms each year?
The normal way of buying flowering plants tends to produce landscapes with three stages every spring: a glorious flash, a fizzle and wait-till-next-year. It seems to happen almost every year.
Recently I had someone e-mail my office with the following concern: "I've heard that it could cause cancer if you froze water repeatedly in a water bottle."
The line of Big Mouth Burgers at Chili's has long been on the Lunch Guys "Best Burgers" short list. The name captures the spirit of these magnificent monstrosities.
Two rather disturbing things happened during our family Easter last year, both of which I hope can be corrected this year.
Want a Ferrari for Christmas? You can have one. It's easy.
I have two white stars on my right forearm - not tattoos, scars.
Human beings are creatures of habit, and most for me are unhealthy.
Back in the 1950s, most hospitals were eerie places: Tiled walls, dimly lit hallways, gruff personnel. It would be tough to find such an old-style, stark facility in this country today.
In the fall, many trees like the maple and oak put on a showy, colorful palette for North Georgians to enjoy, but we cannot forget the beautiful evergreens that retain their leaves and needles throughout the year.
This, of course, is a great week for shopping and enjoying time with friends and family. It's also a great time to gather recipes and photos for a family cookbook.
"Dewey defeats Truman." Maybe you've seen the famous photograph of the newspaper with the headline being held by newly re-elected President Truman.
Thanksgiving is a self-defining holiday. It's a time for giving thanks; more specifically, it's a time for giving thanks to God for his provision in our lives.
The Pacific "Ring of Fire" is living up to its name again. After some rumblings in October, Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra (Indonesia) erupted with ash falls and lava flows last week. Five-thousand people were forced to flee the surrounding areas.
It seems the leaves are never going to fall this year, so many of us are still using our lawn mowers and leaf blowers. However, soon enough all of this will come to an end as winter sets in. Then, we can put our mowers and leaf blowers away until the spring.
One day while we were at one of Cole's soccer games, a bee stung Chloe on her cheek.
In last month's column, I answered a question from a reader about a Northeast Georgia winery that recently passed away. In writing that response, I was reminded of the degree to which I have come to be a fan and supporter of Georgia wines.
Everyone loves plant color in the winter when everything else in the landscape seems to have browned and gone into dormancy. Therefore, now is the time to plant pansies like the pros and get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground for next year.
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