Very few flowers bloom in the winter months around Gainesville, but there is one exception to the rule. The Helleborus x hybridus - known by a more common name of lenten rose - is an excellent drought-tolerant, deer-resistant plant that requires little maintenance. Every year, the lenten rose graces the shady beds of southern gardens.
At the extension office, we receive many questions pertaining to the growth and care of holly shrubs.
Should I let my child drink chocolate milk? Is this really part of a healthy diet? Many parents ask these questions.
Brandon, the smart young man who has worked for me for years, isn't impressed by much at all. He's remarkably level-headed so fame or celebrity bounces off him like one of Penelope Ann's biscuits bounces off the floor.
Chloe is going through this stage where she wants to be first. When I take her and Cole to school, she wants to go inside before he does. When we're about to eat supper, she wants her plate before anyone else gets theirs. When she and Cole are taking medicine, she insists I give Cole his after she gets hers.
If you've never heard of the Bigslider, let me tell you about it. This cool product helps you move large objects and can replace your wheelbarrow. It's basically a 2-foot by 5-foot piece of high-density Polyethylene and has a handle on one end. You can put a heavy load on the Bigslider like a large TV, a water heater or a big flower pot. Then you can easily slide the heavy load. The Bigslider can slide over carpet, concrete, asphalt and grass. The thing I really like about this product is that instead of picking up a heavy ...
If you have fruit trees, you have probably experienced the disappointment of watching apples or peaches grow to almost ripe, only to be wiped out by an insect or disease.
I'm back. I hope somebody noticed I took a month off in January. Lots of "stuff" going on in December - including a visit from a brand new grandbaby - so I gave myself a brief hiatus for the start of the new year.
Readers have often reassured me that among their favorite columns are the ones in which I share the wisdom passed down to me by my parents. But just this morning I got to thinking: I have some wisdom, too, that I can share.
OK, I'm really torn about sharing this next gadget with you. It's called the Wordlock and it's basically a combination lock that uses letters instead of numbers.
After a separation, divorce, or the death of a loved one, it takes time to cope with feelings and move on to another relationship.
Wintertime can be tough on your plants, inside and out. What can one do to prevent injury to more fragile plants during the winter months?
Now is a prime time to prune plants, but only if you have a reason.
You've probably noticed that food portions in restaurants have grown in size and provide enough food for at least two people. This can lead to weight gain.
To Rodney, my ever dutiful brother-in-law, I suggested that we get a community cow. What with dairy prices going so high and all.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. And oh, don't we have so much to be thankful for.
One of my favorite quotes is from the 1990s. "Snoop Doggy Dogg. Need to get a jobby job."
Squirrels around the house can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on whether or not the squirrel has made it to your attic.
The holiday season is nearly here, and it is time to break out some Thanksgiving and Christmas classics.
The Thanksgiving dinner countdown clock has reached less than 10 days.
I don't play college football. I am the size of a smaller linebacker, but have the speed of an elderly penguin. So I am one of the many fans who puts my heart into it then complains when what I'd hoped for doesn't happen.
Atmospheric conditions often influence the course of history.
No other flowering Southern plant ushers in cooler weather better than the lovely American camellia.
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