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Skaggs: Looking for fragrance? It’s time for a tea olive.

Tea olives (Osmanthus species) are some of the most sweetly fragrant plants in Southern gardens. Their scent makes them ideal for planting near windows and outdoor living areas where the fall blooming flowers can be readily enjoyed.

June 17, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Plan a shady, moist spot for your caladium

Question: A good friend gave me a caladium. If I plant it outdoors, will it be difficult to take care of?

June 17, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Murray: Raise a glass to a wine pioneer

We in the wine world lost a giant of a man last month. Robert Mondavi, whose name became synonymous with California wines, died May 16 at his lovely home in Yountville, on the northern tier of the Napa Valley, at age 94.

June 15, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Homecoming queens fade as years pass

The subject of homecoming queens started in the odd way that some topics enter into a conversation. It really had nothing to do with what we were discussing but then, in a very real way, it did.

June 14, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Dating process can lead to misconceptions

Dating is an exciting and challenging part of life.

June 12, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Thompson: Nifty tabs keep your foil on the roll

Here's something that I bet you never knew. (And when I tell you about it, you'll have to go verify it for yourself). If you look at the ends of most aluminum foil and plastic wrap boxes, there are push-in tabs that help keep the roll from flying out of the box. These "locking tabs" as they're referred to have been around for years, but most people don't know about them. Check it out. (Contributed by Jere Randall).

June 12, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Garden chores are heating up

Spring is here, and summer lingers in the not too distant future.

June 10, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lost love can send you over the edge

I'd always heard that love - or rather the loss of it - could drive a woman crazy. Push her plum to the edge and sometimes even push her over it until she was in a free fall that landed her slab dab in the middle of crazy.

June 07, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: Four little words cause such big pain

Chloe just said four words I've been dreading to hear. I knew they were coming. My friend Chris had already warned me. He said I'd hear them one day, and that I'd better be preparing myself.

June 05, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Don’t bother with a wallet at the beach — use your sandals

Well, it's summer and time to get some flip-flops. Some great ones are made by Reef, and the company also has some cool gadgets that you can get built into your flip-flops. One model, called the Dram, has a built-in bottle opener located in the sole of the shoe. Another model, called the Fanning, has a built-in canister that can hold 3 ounces of a liquid. My personal favorite is the model called the Stash. As the name implies, these flip-flops have a secret compartment that allows you to store a small amount of cash, credit cards or a ...

June 05, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


England: Maintain spiraea by cutting back after flowers disappear

Question: I have a small goldmound spiraea that is blooming now. It is not supposed to get much larger, but I want it to remain vigorous. How and when should I prune it?

Answer: There are some 80 species of the genus Spiraea that are native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Most of the varieties commonly grown for landscaping have been developed from plants not native to the United States.

June 02, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Skaggs: Hanging baskets can brighten a space

Just a few years ago, most hanging baskets contained only one type of plant. But in recent years, mixed baskets have become popular.

This "instant garden" look appeals to beginning and longtime gardeners alike.

June 02, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Maintain spiraea by cutting back after flowers disappear

Question: I have a small goldmound spiraea that is blooming now. It is not supposed to get much larger, but I want it to remain vigorous. How and when should I prune it?

Answer: There are some 80 species of the genus Spiraea that are native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Most of the varieties commonly grown for landscaping have been developed from plants not native to the United States.

June 02, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Keep things spicy with these tips on how to store herbs

Experimenting with new spices and herbs can be an exciting culinary adventure.

June 01, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Sparkle leaves a warmth in heart

A friend e-mailed to remind me of something I had long forgotten.

May 31, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Cooking with Crevolyn: Using slow cooker is good for all seasons

Anyone who knows me knows I love my slow cooker. It is, without a doubt, my favorite cooking appliance.

April 23, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Resist urge to buy animal for Easter

I do not like Peeps.

April 20, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Check house foundation to prevent dangerous slides

The March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash., raises the question whether something like this could happen here. It's not likely, because we don't have the deep soil that led to the Western disaster.

April 19, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants selected

The 2014 Georgia Gold Medal Plants have been selected and are rated as the No. 1 superior ornamental plant for residential landscape use in Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Classic musical filled with laughs and love triangle

I'm a sucker for a good musical. I'll take any excuse to sing along loudly and off-key during a movie, honestly.

April 17, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Around the Home: Free program offers summer snack inspiration

Summer will be here before you know it.

April 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Easter lilies poisonous to pets

Theoretically, warm weather is coming. I used to feel better about this theory, but I'm still willing to give it a chance.

April 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God can carry all our burdens

A couple of months ago, I went to a local home improvement store and bought a big bag of topsoil.

April 13, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: This is the best time to plan a European vacation

Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit Europe, especially the Upper Rhine Valley.

April 12, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Blessed during Easter

For me, Easter is a time of reflection.

April 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


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